Ticketmaster Announces Executive Moves in Australia-New Zealand
Gavin Taylor has been announced as the Managing Director for Ticketmaster Australia, with Maria O’Connor departing the role to take over as Chairman of Australia and New Zealand for the company, according to an announcement Thursday. Taylor comes in from his current position as CEO of the West Australian... Read more
Save Our Stages Act Included in Proposed Senate Democrats Bill
Large-scale coronavirus aid seems unlikely to pass before the election, but the Save Our Stages act may yet get a vote as part of a smaller relief bill introduced by Senate Democrats this week. The Heroes Small Business Lifeline Act is a $370 billion bill that includes most of... Read more
UK Competition Watchdog Provisionally Blocks Viagogo-StubHub Merger
StubHub’s purchase by Viagogo hit another hurdle this week, as the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority continued its investigation and related halting of the deal over concerns it would lead to a resale monopoly in the country. Viagogo, which closed the purchase of the leading U.S. resale marketplace... Read more
Tool Refund Snafu Resolved, But Questions Remain After Long Delays
After fan complaints and a negative story in the New York Times, a number of fans are being made whole with refunds for two concerts at Nassau Coliseum. Ticket holders for Tool and Judas Priest shows at the Long Island, New York venue waited months for their refunds in... Read more
Vegas Mainstays David Copperfield, Carrot Top Among Acts Returning in November
With government restrictions on live events in Nevada loosened, the self-styled “entertainment capital of the world” is getting back to business. Several MGM Resorts shows will be returning to the Las Vegas Strip in November, according to ticket listings and announcements by the massive casino organization. “After eight months,... Read more
Aussie Authorities Voice COVID Concerns Following Ticketing Snafu
Australian health officials have express concerns over the crowds that were stranded outside of rugby stadiums on Friday due to a ticketing system failure. Thousands were stranded for an extended period outside AFL and NRL games due to a Ticketek mobile system outage, raising fears that a spike in... Read more
Vivid Seats Owner Implicated in Enormous Tax Fraud Scheme
Billionaire Robert Smith has agreed to pay $140 million and admit wrongdoing for his part in a massive tax evasion scheme, part of a deal that will allow him to avoid prosecution, according to Bloomberg. Smith is CEO of Vista Equity Partners, which owns a substantial stake in Vivid... Read more
Ticketek Mobile Failure Strands Thousands Outside Australian Venues
A Ticketek moble ticketing system failure left thousands stuck outside stadiums in Australia Friday, raising serious COVID concerns in addition to fan angrer and inconvenience over the partially missed events. Thousands were stuck waiting for entry to a National Rugby League preliminary final between Melbourne and Canberra Friday at... Read more
Save Our Stages Fest to Support Venues Planned for Oct 16-18
A full bill awaits music fans this weekend as the Save Our Stages Fest will run live streamed performances from Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 18. The event, put on by the National Independent Venue Association, “aims to generate significant awareness, advocacy and donations for the NIVA Emergency... Read more
Chick Fil A Peach Bowl Announces Prolific 1 as Resale Partner
Connecticut’s Prolific 1 has been announced as the official resale partner of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, scheduled to take place as one of the famed New Year’s Six bowl games on January 1, 2021. The agreement will run over the next three seasons, according to a press release announcing... Read more