Joe Meli, Cousin Face Charges Over Alleged Ticket Resale Fraud
Joe Meli, already in prison after entering a guilty plea to a ticket resale Ponzi scheme in 2017, is facing new charges in New York that he participated in a similar scheme following his arrest. The SEC and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that... Read more
Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival Canceled
Update (as of April 29): Woodstock 50 organizers deny that the festival has been outright cancelled, telling the Poughkeepsie Journal “Woodstock 50 vehemently denies the festival’s cancellation and legal remedy will (be) sought.” (as of April 30): Founder Michael Lang revealed that the festival is not canceled, noting that... Read more
Glastonbury Festival Tickets Sell Out After Resale
England’s Glastonbury Festival is returning this summer after a year off, and when resale tickets went on sale yesterday, tickets sold out in just a mere 23 minutes. The festival previously announced that it was shutting down legal resale in favor of a capped marketplace. Festivalgoers had to secure... Read more
Texas Family Charged With Fraud for Masters Tournament Scheme
Four individuals from one family in Texas have been charged in a scheme to purchase tickets the Masters Tournament in Georgia and then resell the pricey passes on the resale market, according to the Augusta Chronicle. Stephen Michael Freeman of Katy, TX is charged with conspiracy to commit mail... Read more
Australian Federal Court Rules Viagogo Misleads Consumers
Australia’s Federal Court has ruled that secondary ticketing platform Viagogo has misled consumers by marking itself as an official ticket seller, overstating the scarcity of tickets available for events, and hiding service fees in an attempt to spur purchases, according to multiple sources. Those findings follow the Australian Competition... Read more
European Union Adds Ticket Broker Disclosure, Bans “Bots”
The EU Parliament has taken a position that will ban the use of automated software programs (“ticket bots”) in the purchase of event tickets, siding with the promoter and artist lobby in declaring such practices to be a bane on the consumer. The position, which could be adopted in... Read more
Ontario Scraps Ticket Resale Price Caps, Adds Transparency Requirements
The conservative government in Ontario has scrapped a proposed price cap on ticket resale in the province, officially killing the provision of the Ticket Sales Act it had put on pause upon its election last summer. The government said in its new budget that the price cap – proposed... Read more
Vivid Seats Announces Acquisition of Fanxchange for $60 Million
Vivid Seats announced its acquisition of Fanxchange on Thursday afternoon, having picked up the Toronto-based company for a price of $60 million, per a press release. The deal is the first for Vivid Seats, which saw former Grubhub executive Stan Chia take over as CEO in the fall of... Read more
Proposed B.C. Ticket Sales Act Restricts Resale, Ignores Transparency
British Columbia Solicitor General Mike Farnworth has introduced legislation in the Canadian province intended to “bring more fairness and transparency” to purchasing tickets to live entertainment events in B.C., according to numerous outlets. The Ticket Sales Act, introduced Tuesday, would outlaw the use of automated “bot” software programs in... Read more
Fleetwood Mac Cancels JazzFest Gig – Four Days After Replacing Stones
The woes continued Monday for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival, as Fleetwood Mac – announced last week as the May 2 headliner to replace The Rolling Stones – has cancelled on the gig, along with the rest of its currently running North American tour. “As an update... Read more