Billie Eilish Fans Face Chaos, Delays During Verified Fan Presale
Billie Eilish – the 17-year-old goth pop star – has quickly risen to fame in a short amount of time. Now, as she heads out onto her second round of tour dates supporting her debut record, fans are stuck unsuccessfully vying for presale tickets through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program.... Read more
Ticketfly Events Move To Eventbrite Amid Company’s Dismissal
As Ticketfly diminishes, its events will still be up-for-grabs, but now, they’ll be available on the parent company Eventbrite. The Ticketfly brand, which was sold to Eventbrite in 2017 from Pandora, is slowly diminishing. By this fall, the app will be gone, leaving fans wondering about events they were... Read more
AEG Facilities, SMG Merger Finalized To Become ASM Global
AEG Facilities and SMG have officially completed their merger this week to create ASM Global. AEG Facilities, the venue management subsidiary of AEG, announced the deal with the Onex-owned SMG in February, which was just cleared by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority as well as the U.S. Department... Read more
Tegan and Sara Battle Secondary Market, Release Walk-Up Tickets
The Canadian indie-pop group Tegan and Sara were upset with tickets to their show in San Francisco going to resellers and released tickets to fans who showed up at the door. The duo performed at the Sydney Goldstein Theater in San Francisco on Tuesday. Ahead of the show, they... Read more
Musicians, Festivals Call for Facial Recognition to Be Banned
Facial recognition technology has become more and more popular over the past few years, but artists have called out Ticketmaster to drop plans of using the technology at concerts and other live events. Now, a handful of festivals have jumped on the bandwagon. According to Fortune, the digital rights... Read more
Live Nation Names Two New Sports Ticketing Executives
Los Angeles, CA —Ticketmaster announced today that industry veterans Clay Luter and Kurt Schwartzkopf will run the global ticketing leader’s sports division in North America. In these newly expanded roles, Luter, who has been with Ticketmaster for more than 30 years, and Schwartzkopf, will both serve as Executive Vice Presidents and Co-Head of Sports for Ticketmaster North America. Together,... Read more
AudienceView Announces Acquisition of New York’s UniversityTickets
TORONTO, Ontario – October 1, 2019 — AudienceView, a world leader in e-commerce software for events and entertainment organizations, has acquired New York-based UniversityTickets, a ticketing and event management solution built specifically for higher education campuses and college athletics. With this addition, AudienceView cements its portfolio and leadership in... Read more
Wakeman: Three Thoughts on Endeavor’s Aborted IPO
I was fishing through the fallout from the Endeavor IPO pullback and it got me thinking about a lot of stuff… Like, what does this say about live entertainment? How will these trends effect folks? What can we do to take advantage of this? So let me lay out... Read more
NFL Fans In The UK Feel ‘In Limbo’ After Thomas Cook Debacle
The National Football League is headed to the UK this month as a part of a series of games overseas. However, UK football fans who purchased tickets through the now-bankrupt travel company Thomas Cook are now feeling the burn. This weekend, the Chicago Bears will take on the Oakland... Read more
Adler: Black Keys Fiasco Reveals Depths of Ticketmaster Monopoly Moves
High-demand events generate a lot of passion when it comes to accessing tickets and the price of those tickets. Fortunately, a variety of ticket sources, including online marketplaces, offer a safe place for consumers to shop for resale tickets even if a show is sold out. The secondary resale... Read more