Report: AEG Pushing for End of Exclusive Ticketing Contracts
According to Billboard, bad blood over the Taylor Swift Eras Tour has pitted industry giant AEG against fellow industry giant Live Nation Entertainment in the backroom battle over the future of ticketing legislation and regulation. AEG, based in Denver, is notably absent among the industry insiders who publicly support... Read more
Consumer Groups Launch Campaign for Ticket Buyer Bill of Rights
A coalition of consumer advocacy groups have launched a campaign for what they are calling a “Ticket Buyer Bill of Rights” – legislation that would support consumer rights and transparency for event ticketing. The groups – the Consumer Federation of America, Fan Freedom, National Consumers League, Protect Ticket Rights,... Read more
Zach Bryan Adds Dates to Tour, Claims Run Sold Out in Seconds
Zach Bryan is adding new dates to his “Burn, Burn, Burn” tour, saying that the initial run of scheduled shows sold out in less than 30 seconds when they went on sale this week. The country star, outspoken in his hatred for Ticketmaster and Live Nation, avoided their use... Read more
AEG Presents Names Rick Johnson SVP of Ticketing and Revenue
Rick Johnson has been appointed to the position of Senior Vice President (SVP) of Ticketing and Revenue at AEG Presents. He will be responsible for overseeing the live events promoter’s Global Touring division. In his new role at AEG Presents, Johnson will report to President of Global Touring and... Read more
AEG Owned AXS Ticketing To Launch In Australia
The AXS ticketing platform is reportedly planning to open an office in Australia next month. The new venture gives AEG (Anschutz Entertainment Group), the owner of AXS, an opportunity to link its ticketing operations with venues in this vast country, such as Qudos Bank Arena, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Suncorp... Read more
Ticketmaster, Taylor Swift Begin Selling Held Back Tickets
For many ticketing insiders, the behind the scenes question following the debacle that was the Taylor Swift Eras Tour presale was simple: how and when are they going to begin moving the likely thousands of tickets that were held-back from each of the 52 concerts on the tour. The... Read more
Skoufis, Others Question Ticket “Holdbacks” in Taylor Swift Mess
There is no question that a massive swell of demand is responsible for a lot of the mess that consumers experienced during this week’s Taylor Swift Eras Tour ticket sales disaster. With the artist fresh off a history-making week where she had all ten spots atop the Billboard singles... Read more
Coachella Sues Ghanaian Afrochella Festival for Infringement
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and its organizer Goldenvoice once more going after another event for daring to invoke the “-chella”phrase in its name. This time, the event is abroad, as the festival promoter and its lawyers have gone after Afrochella, an event in Ghana. This is... Read more
Denver, Promoters Settle After Overcharging for Accessible Seating
Concert promoters and Denver City and County officials have settled a lawsuit with the Department of Justice over allegations of descrimination related to overcharging for wheelchair-accessable tickets for events at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The settlement covers events that were held between 2018 and 2020, and will involve the... Read more
AEG Announces David Jones to New Chief Information Officer Post
AEG has appointed David Jones to a new role, announcing the London-based executive as the company’s Chief Information Officer, AEG Global Technology. The role will include Jones taking over core responsibility for the entertainment giant’s technology strategy across its U.S., European, and Asia-Pacific operations. Jones is being elevated from... Read more