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The state of festivals and concerts: preparing for live events to commence
By Jason Thomas, CEO of Tappit With COVID-19 continuing to have an impact on events for the foreseeable future, it’s safe to say that concerts and festivals, as we have known them, will not be happening anytime soon. However, promoters and organizers around the world are finding new ways... Read more
Fuller: Ticketing Must Plan to Adapt or Die
by Eric Fuller I’ve been polite and deferential. I’ve written pieces laced with song lyrics and humor. I’ve tried to rally teams and boost spirits. We’re just not getting it. New revenue will be zero this year. Refund requests will mount in urgency and government mandates are coming. Get... Read more
Fuller: And the Band Plays On…
By Eric Fuller In difficult times it’s easy to let optimism cloud your ability to perceive reality. There is a saying that nothing focuses a man’s attention like his imminent execution. But, in reality, you feel no pain even while your neck rests on the wooden base of the... Read more
Fuller: Where Is The Love? Finding Community At Live Events
By: Eric Fuller I took the last week off from working on Rescue Meet ( https://www.RescueMeet.com ), my project to help the live entertainment industry regroup and resume because it just didn’t seem all that important when compared to the issues of life and death which were playing out live on... Read more
Opinion: StubHub Restructuring Could Present Grave Future
By: Eric Fuller Yesterday, Forbes magazine published an article describing the epic misfortune of Eric Baker and Viagogo purchasing StubHub just in time to see the entire live events industry decimated by Covid-19. https://www.forbes.com/sites/noahkirsch/2020/05/27/worst-deal-ever/#7647a10788d1 This morning, Billboard published an article confirming that StubHub’s president Sukhinder Singh Cassidy and 200... Read more
Wakeman: Is The Business of Sports, Entertainment and Tickets Asking The Right Questions?
By: Dave Wakeman The Bundesliga looks like they will be the first professional football league in Europe to return in the next few days. In Australia, the NRL and AFL are all moving towards resuming their schedules without fans. And, in the States, a tweet lit up Twitter with... Read more
Fuller: Digging Out – The Plan To Save Live Entertainment
There are times in life where you have to make a hard choice. There are times in life when the hard choice is forced upon you. There are times in life where everything which defined your life evaporates in an instant. There are times when you hold the power... Read more
DeMott: The Great Unwind: How To Restore Liquidity To the Ticketing Market
By: Harry DeMott We have heard the drumbeats for the past few days now: Sporting events being played in front of empty stadiums and arenas No concerts until 2021 No cash refunds as StubHub and other leading players all change policies If you are a participant in the ticketing... Read more
Don Vaccaro: Working Together to Weather the Covid Crisis
When things go bad, people like to look for a villain. Ticketing professionals are competitors in a very competitive marketplace. Most people know of my opposition to a lot of Live Nation policies, because I am very vocal about it. However, we should give them credit for their integrity... Read more
Fuller: Pandemic and Panacea: 19 Lessons To Learn From Covid
By: Eric Fuller Let’s dive in: Life is not a Disney movie. When you wish upon a star Makes no difference who you are Anything your heart desires Will come to you When You Wish Upon A Star — Leigh Harline & Ned Washington Disney movie lyrics are purpose... Read more