Live Nation Lobbying Balloons Amid Efforts to Kill Competition
If you’re hearing a lot about how “bots” and “ticket brokers” and “ticket resale” is the real problem in live entertainment and ticketing these days, there’s a good reason for that: Live Nation is paying an awful lot of money to get that message out, to both consumers, and... Read more
Foo Fighters Weaponize Ticket Restrictions for Upcoming Shows
For one of their first shows back following a hiatus in the wake of longtime drummer Taylor Hawkins, the Foo Fighters are performing at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in May, prior to their appearance at Boston Calling. But if you didn’t get tickets when they went on sale,... Read more
DOJ Has Contacted SeatGeek, Paciolan for Ticketmaster/LN Probe
Antitrust lawyers working for the Department of Justice have been in contact with at least two companies in competition with Ticketmaster as part of the investigation into allegations of monopolistic behavior by that company and parent Live Nation Entertainment, according to reporting by Bloomberg. SeatGeek and Paciolan have both... Read more
Glendale Plans Temporary Name Change to Celebrate Taylor Swift
The city of Glendale, Arizona announced it will (temporarily) change its name as the Taylor Swift Eras Tour kicks off at State Farm Stadium. The performances at the stadium, scheduled for March 17 and 18, are the first on Swift’s massive tour, which will run throughout the year at... Read more
Mobile-Only Ticketing Fails at Huge Australian Ed Sheeran Concert
Last Thursday, thousands of Ed Sheeran fans were furious after they were left outside of his concert at the Melbourne Cricket ground in Australia, due to mobile ticket issues with the Ticketek system. The crowd, which reportedly set an Australian record with well over 108,000 fans in attendance, saw... Read more
K-Pop’s NCT Dream Plans North American Leg of World Tour
This week, K-pop group NCT Dream revealed their “THE DREAM SHOW2: In A Dream” tour will be making its way to the U.S. This is just one leg of this massive worldwide tour. The tour will be launching on April 5th at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.... Read more
Chris Stapleton Adds New Dates to All-American Road Show 2023
Chris Stapleton added shows to his already full 2023 touring calendar, bringing more All-American Road Show performances to North America following this month’s stop at the Houston Rodeo. The singer, who drew raves for his performance of the national anthem before Super Bowl LVI and was also featured on... Read more
The Cure Plot North America Tour; Promise No Surge Ticket Pricing
The Cure will return to North America for tour dates in 2023, and have promised their fans that they will not be using the much-hated price surging “dynamic” or “platinum” ticket pricing systems, outside of some “charity” offerings for shows in California. The group is, however, using Ticketmaster’s Verified... Read more
Eurovision Contest Ticket Sales Another Mess for Ticketmaster
Ticketmaster is once again seeing angry consumers lashing out over a failed ticket sale, this time for the popular Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in the UK this year. The event, which features contestants from across Europe performing original songs that fans can vote on, is one... Read more
Morgan Wallen Sets Bridgestone Attendance Mark With Free Show
A short-notice free concert to celebrate the release of his new album brought country star Morgan Wallen a new crown – setting the attendance record for Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena at a reported 19.292. The show was announced just one day in advance of going off on March 3, coinciding... Read more