Report: SeatGeek in Talks to Go Public Via SPAC Merger
SeatGeek is reportedly in merger talks with RedBall Acquisition Corp, a blank-check special purpose acquisition corporation (SPAC) that would bring the ticketing company public. RedBall is led by Billy Beane, former Oakland A’s general manager and current executive (as well as the subject of the film Moneyball) and Gerry... Read more
Oak View Group Expands to Canada With Hamilton, Ontario Project
Oak View Group is taking on its first project north of the border, having signed a deal with the Hamilton Urban Precinct Entertainment Group (HUPEG). The deal will involve OVG helping redevelop the Hamilton, Ontario Arts & Entertainment District, which includes the FirstOntario Centre Arena. According to a press... Read more
CTS Eventim to Pilot Anti-Resale Technology on Ed Sheeran Tour
CTS Eventim has announced that it will be deploying its new EVENTIM.Pass system to combat otherwise legal ticket resale on upcoming Ed Sheeran tour dates in Europe. The technology is specifically designed to limit consumer rights on tickets they have purchased, making it possible to lock the tickets to... Read more
SeatGeek Swaps Program Offers Consumers Refund Option on Tickets
Seatgeek announced a new “Swaps” program, allowing for consumers to return tickets purchased through the marketplace for marketplace credit. Tickets eligible for the Swaps program can be returned up to 72 hours prior to the event, with the promo code valid for 12 months after the return. “Consumers expect... Read more
Live Nation Vaccine or Testing Requirement Takes Effect Nationwide
Venues across the U.S. – including some of the most iconic rooms in live music – now require all attendees to provide proof of either vaccination or a recent negative test. Live Nation vaccine or negative test rules went into effect on Monday, October 4, meaning that a large... Read more
Foo Fighters’ Touring Company Sues Live Nation Over Cancelled Gig
Zenith Touring, which represents the Foo Fighters, filed a lawsuit against a division of Live Nation in Nashville over unpaid money from a corporate concert that had been cancelled. Zenith filed the lawsuit in Davidson (Tennessee) County Chancery Court against SME Entertainment Group, which is a division of Live... Read more
TicketNetwork Adds Affirm Pay-Over-Time Option to Marketplace Websites
Demand for tickets to live events has been very strong as live events have returned after the lengthy COVID-related pause, and in many instances that has led to consumers facing very high prices for hot events. With that in mind, TicketNetwork announced a new partnership with Affirm, allowing clients... Read more
DICE Ticketing Announces $122 Million in Series C Funding
DICE, the UK-based music discovery and event ticketing platform, announced this week that it has secured $122 million in a Series C funding round. The investment was led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, with additional investments from Future Shape, Blisce, and others. “We believe DICE’s technology has the capacity... Read more
CTS Eventim Seeks to Enter, Disrupt North American Ticketing Market
CTS EVENTIM has announced it is making a push to enter the North American ticketing market, challenging the dominance of Live Nation Entertainment and (to a lesser extent) AEG in the lucrative live events access space. The Germany-based promoting and ticketing giant hopes to use the restart of live... Read more
Ticketmaster, Monumental Renew Ticketing Deal in Washington, D.C.
Monumental Sports and Entertainment (MSE) announced the extension of their long-term ticketing deal with Ticketmaster this week, covering many high-profile entities in and around Washington D.C. As MSE’s official ticketing partner, Ticketmaster will faciliatate ticketing for all of the organization’s venues, as well as its sports franchises, whcih include... Read more