UK Authorities Plot Return of Indoor Events in August
Live audiences will be allowed to return to events held indoors, including concerts and theatre performances, according to an announcement this week by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The shift is part of a larger shift in lockdown rules in the country, which is seeking to give greater authority to... Read more
UK Government Slashes VAT on Event Tickets to Spur Return
As part of its attempt to assist the reeling live events industry, the UK government announced it would drastically reduced the value-added tax (VAT) on event tickets from 20% to 5% going forward. The reduction will last for six months, beginning on July 15, and includes tickets to shows,... Read more
UK Festivals Association Calls for Competition Investigation on Live Nation
The Association of Independent Festivals has called for an investigation by UK authorities into the dominant position that Live Nation holds over the sector, according to a release issued earlier this week. The organization found that the U.S. based promotional giant now controls over a quarter of the entire... Read more
New Advertising Standards Issued by UK Regulator on Ticket Resale
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has issued new regulations on ticket resale operations in the United Kingdom, indicating that websites must make the total price – including all fees – clear from the start of the purchase process. It has also struck down certain language used by resale operations... Read more
StubHub, Other Resale Offices in UK Raided by Authorities
StubHub’s London offices were raided by investigators from the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority over the summer as part of an investigation into the secondary giants’ partnerships. GetMeIn and Seatwave, which are subsidiaries of Ticketmaster/Live Nation (NASDAQ: LYV) were also required to turn over information related to the... Read more