Class Action Lawsuit Filed in Canada Over Drake Tour Ticket Prices
Fans looking to buy tickets last week to Drake’s upcoming tour were shocked by surged ticket prices, and at least some are turning to the legal system to hold Ticketmaster accountable. A Montreal-based law firm has filed a lawsuit on behalf of consumers, alleging that the ticketing giant “intentionally... Read more
Federal “Junk Fee” Law Introduced; Fees, Holdbacks Targeted
Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced new federal legislation this week that could have significant impact on how ticketing works across the United States. The “Junk Fee Prevention Act” proposes to eliminate excessive hidden and unnecessary fees imposed on consumers. Beyond requiring transparency on fees across... Read more
StubHub Joins White House Panel Advocating “Junk Fee” Reform
In its quest to reform the consumer experience and end “junk fees” in multiple industries, the White House held a bipartisan discussion Tuesday, making the case for stronger regulations surrounding the practice. StubHub participated in the discussion surrounding the proposed regulations, which one official called both popular among consumers... Read more
Ronald Regan vs. Swifties – Decoder Podcast Examines Ticketing
A new episode of the Decoder podcast takes a deep dive on the ticketing world, in reaction to the Taylor Swift Eras Tour mess, and the ensuing fallout. The episode hinges on changes in regulatory policy that took place in the 1980s, allowing companies like Live Nation Entertainment/Ticketmaster to... Read more
Report: AEG Pushing for End of Exclusive Ticketing Contracts
According to Billboard, bad blood over the Taylor Swift Eras Tour has pitted industry giant AEG against fellow industry giant Live Nation Entertainment in the backroom battle over the future of ticketing legislation and regulation. AEG, based in Denver, is notably absent among the industry insiders who publicly support... Read more
Bruce Springsteen Reschedules Postponed Shows, Adds Two
Shows by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band that had been postponed due to “illness” in early March have been rescheduled, and the star has added additional shows later in the year as it continues to wind through its first leg of North American dates this month. The... Read more
Peter Gabriel Extends i/o North American Tour With 13 New Dates
For fans who didn’t have a local show announced during the first round of Peter Gabriel’s i/o tour dates, there may be some good news this week. The singer added 13 new stops to his first North American solo tour in years, with six pasted into a window that... Read more
Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar Anchor Lollapalooza ’23 Chicago
Kendrick Lamar and Billie Eilish have been announced among the headliners for the Chicago edition of Lollapalooza in 2023, a first for both performers. The mainstay of the festival circuit also features Red Hot Chili Peppers, ODESZA, Lana Del Rey, Karol G, The 1975, and Tomorrow X Together on... Read more
MSG Faces Liquor Ban, Tax Issues Over Facial Recognition Fight
The fight between Madison Square Garden Entertainment and New York’s political establishment continues to escalate, with the Manhattan venue facing a potential revocation of its liquor license and the loss of a multi-million dollar annual tax break over its continued refusal to budge on its lawyer ban and controversial... Read more
The Cure Force Ticketmaster Fee Refunds for Fans After “Outrage”
Consumers who purchased tickets during this week’s “verified fan” sale for The Cure shows in North America will see something entirely rare: Ticketmaster coughing up a refund. The Live Nation Entertainment-owned ticketing platform is refunding part of the fees that were drawing outrage this week when many fans pointed... Read more