New Orleans Jazz Fest Called Off Amid Louisiana COVID Case Surge
What would have been the first-ever fall version of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival won’t happen after all, as authorities called off the 2021 Jazz Fest due to surging COVID case rates in Louisiana. The annual event was called off in 2020 during the initial COVID wave... Read more
Live Nation to Require Employee Vaccination; Artist Choice on Events
Live Nation Entertainment is planning to require all U.S. employees to  be vaccinated against COVID, as well as allowing artists performing in its venues to require proof of vaccination or a negative covid test, according to a memo published by Variety. The note, signed by Live Nation Entertainment CEO... Read more
NYU Academics Petition FTC to Ban “Drip Pricing” Practices
The Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law petitioned the Federal Trade Commission to request that the regulator ban so-called “drip pricing” practices. Such practices involve the display of one price to consumers, omitting fees that must be paid in order to complete the transaction.... Read more
Nebraska Reverses Mobile-Only Decision After Fan Outcry
Widespread pushback among its fan base led Nebraska to chance its mind regarding mobile-only ticketing, at least for the upcoming fall football season. Athletic Director Trev Alberts announced the decision via Twitter last week, bowing to fan demands that their right to receive a paper ticket and parking pass... Read more
Live Nation Earnings Show Live Events Industry in Midst of Recovery
Live Nation Entertainment’s second quarter 2021 earnings report came out this week, and it paints a picture of an industry in the midst of a strong recovery from the COVID pause, indicated by a 677% growth in revenue. Ticketmaster North America saw a headline-grabbing term, including pulling off its... Read more
Roger Goodell Confident for NFL Full Stadiums This Fall
With COVID-19 case rates causing concern, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell remained confident that stadiums would be full across the league this fall in an interview with NFL Network that aired over the weekend. “This year, we’re comfortable that local regulations are going to allow us to have fans at... Read more
Broadway to Require Proof of Vaccination, Masks for All Attendees
With concerns about rising coronavirus case numbers, Broadway theater owners and operators have announced that customers must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear masks to attend performances as shows reopen. The policy was already in place for the one currently open show – Springsteen on Broadway – but will... Read more
NFL Ticket Prices Have Jumped an Average of Nearly 70% From 2006
If you think that ticket prices for NFL contests have gotten a lot steeper, there’s a new study that backs those feelings up. According to the Action Network, season ticket prices for NFL games have gone up by an average of 68 percent when comparing 2021 prices to those... Read more
Ticket Summit On Track for Record-Shattering Attendance in August
After a 2020 that saw the ticketing and live events industry ground to a complete halt, Ticket Summit’s organizers weren’t sure what the new year would bring. Would venues and touring companies survive the long pause? Would vaccination allow for some events to get off the ground in 2021... Read more
Mobile-Only Ticketing Push Leaving Many Without Smartphones Behind
As live events return to some level of normal in the wake of COVID, one group appears to be utterly left out: consumers who do not have smartphones, and therefore can’t access mobile-only tickets. People like Brampton, Ontario resident Debbie Ervine, who will apparently be missing out on a... Read more