Chicago Council Overwhelmingly Approves Ticket Tax Hike
Despite strong opposition from venue holders in the city, mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s 2017 budget – which included a tax hike on concert tickets at venues above a certain size – was approved by a 47-3 vote, according to the Chicago Tribune. The tax raise comes in the form of... Read more
Report: Amazon Abandoning Move into U.S. Ticketing Market – For Now
After a summer of “what if” headlines, Amazon is reportedly stepping down from its consideration of a bid to enter the U.S. ticketing market, according to Dave Brooks of Amplify. Amazon, which operates within the European market as one of many primary ticketers alongside Ticketmaster, reportedly sought to make... Read more
Broker Genius Injunction Against Price-Meister; Third Suit Emerges
Price-Meister has agreed to settle in a lawsuit brought by Broker Genius, making what was a temporary injunction permanent, according to a release by the New York-based pricing software company. The lawsuit, filed on November 3, alleged that Matthew Berry, GenTech Enterprises LLC and Select Seats LLC – doing... Read more
The Legendary El Mocambo Appoints Ticketmaster Canada as its Ticketing Agent
Toronto, November 15, 2017 – Michael Wekerle and his team at the El Mocambo are pleased to announce they have appointed Ticketmaster Canada to handle ticketing services once the legendary music venue reopens in the spring of 2018. The deal was inked at a signing celebration at the El... Read more
U2 Tickets Went On Sale Today…It Didn’t Go Well
At the start of the month, U2 announced their eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour 2018, and people had opinions almost immediately. Not simply because they announced a tour – the popular Irish rock band toured throughout pretty much all of 2015 and 2017 – but because for the first time... Read more
Fake Ticket Vendor Defrauds 80 Fans at Ed Sheeran Show
British-born but world-renowned pop star Ed Sheeran performed for thousands of fans in Mumbai Sunday night at Bandra- Kurla Complex. Some fans, however, were not so lucky. Mumbai Mirror reports that at a specific meeting point outside the venue, over 80 teenagers came to the realization that the man they... Read more
Ticketmaster Customer Files Complaint for 62% Service Fees on Guns N’ Roses Tickets
Remember when Live Nation’s own CEO admitted (in emails never intended to be made public, that is) that in some cases, the fees that Ticketmaster charges are “not defendable”? This is one of those cases. Back in January when tickets went on sale for this summer’s leg of the... Read more
Live Nation (LYV) CEO Michael Rapino Liquidating His Company Stock
According to paperwork filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Live Nation (NYSE: LYV) CEO Michael Rapino is liquidating large amounts of his stock in the entertainment giant. Beginning on November 15, the executive sold 70,000 shares of his common stock holdings on each of the following three days... Read more
Janet Jackson Postponements Spark StubHub Refund Debate
Janet Jackson caused quite a ticket refund controversy back in the winter of 2015…and again in the summer of 2016…and again at the start of this year. The pop star postponed her Unbreakable World Tour several times before finally merging it into the State of the World tour that is... Read more
Breaking: New Orleans Saints/Pelicans Leave Ticketmaster for SeatGeek
SeatGeek announced Friday afternoon that it has signed a deal to serve as the primary ticketing partner for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans. This is the first primary ticketing partnership for SeatGeek in either league, as it replaces Ticketmaster for both organizations, which are... Read more