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
Fleetwood Mac Replace Rolling Stones at Jazz Fest; Refunds Detailed
Fleetwood Mac have been announced as the new headliners of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 2, stepping in for The Rolling Stones, who abruptly cancelled their appearance (and postponed their entire 2019 tour) a week ago due to a medical procedure needed by front man... Read more
$6.5 Million Class-Action Suit Over Ticketmaster Data Breach Filed
A law firm in the UK has launched a $6.5 million lawsuit against Ticketmaster over the massive data breach that took place in the summer of 2018, according to multiple media outlets. The claim was launched in Liverpool on behalf of over 650 clients among the estimated 40,000 users... Read more
Taylor Swift’s Tour Saw 20K Tickets Given Away for One Show
Some 20,000 tickets were given away to fill seats at a May stop on Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour a year ago, according to numbers that have come to light due to a feud between the Santa Clara Stadium Authority and the San Francisco 49ers organization over the operation of... Read more
More Than A Dozen Injured At Vigil for Late Rapper Nipsey Hussle
At a memorial to honor the late rapper Nipsey Hussle late last night in Los Angeles, 19 people were injured after something caused the crowd to break out into a stampede, causing chaos and panic. A group of 300 people were gathered around a candlelight memorial vigil for Hussle... Read more