Verizon, Live Nation Announce 5G Coverage and Ticket Presale Linkup
Verizon and Live Nation Entertainment announced a new partnership program Monday, bringing 5G technology to concert venues while setting aside blocks of tickets for presales open to Verizon customers. The deal will equip several Live Nation venues, while opening a “first access” presale program for more than 100 million... Read more
John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight Shreds Ticketmaster, Price Inflation
Comedian John Oliver used the main segment of Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight on HBO to tear into Ticketmaster, giving an in-depth report on how the company and its policies have led to surging prices and consumer issues for years. The 20-minute broadside against what he described as... Read more
BTS Fans Cry Foul Over Last-Minute Release of Held-Back Tickets
Wildly popular K-Pop group BTS got back to the stage in front of live audiences this weekend, performing its Permission to Dance: On Stage shows at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. Excitement was certainly high – according to media reports, some fans were at the venue more than a... Read more
BTS at SoFi: 300,000+ Tickets Sold, Zero to General Public
Demand for a four-show run at SoFi Stadium in California by BTS was so high, it’s causing some superfans of the KPop outfit to consider trying to retaliate against LA Chargers and Rams fans. That’s the kind of week it has been in ticketing, as the wildly popular group’s... Read more
Arena Audit Shows Holdbacks, Not “Bots” or Brokers to Blame for Ticket Issues
An audit performed by government officials in Hawaii concluded that promoter and venue holdbacks are generally the culprit when consumers can’t get tickets to events, flying in the face of the excuses that ticketing and promotor interests use whenever consumers take issue with availability. The audit of the Blaisdell... Read more
Consumer Advocates, Boss Act Co-Author Praise House Investigation
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing Wednesday morning in Washington, D.C. dubbed “In the Dark: Lack of Transparency in the Live Event Ticketing Industry.” Six representatives of leaders in ticketing answered questions for members of congress. Congressman Bill... Read more
House Committee Sets Ticketing Industry Hearing for February 26
The schedule has been set for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s hearing on the ticketing ecosystem, which will take place on Wednesday, February 26 in Washington D.C. Titled “In the Dark: Lack of Transparency in the Live Event Ticketing Industry,” the hearing will kick off at 10... Read more
Billboard Bombshell: Live Nation Admits Artists Scalp Own Tickets
In a rare admission of a commonly known tactic among industry insiders, Live Nation told Billboard that the company has facilitated the practice of bands and promoters directly moving their ticket inventory through resale markets – scalping their own held-back tickets – without them ever being made available to... Read more
Ticketmaster Talks Bot Bans, Defends Holdbacks in Canada Testimony
In testimony given Tuesday to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (CHPC) of Canada’s House of Commons, Ticketmaster and Vivid Seats agreed that governmental action against Bots is welcomed by many within the ticketing industry. But the companies diverged on whether or not action should be taken on holdbacks... Read more
New Jersey Legislature Kills Holdback Limits With No Hearings
A law was snuck through the New Jersey legislature over the weekend with no public hearing, bringing potential changes to the way ticket resale is regulated in the Garden State. Most notably, the legislation removes a 5% cap on held back tickets that had been in place since 2009.... Read more