Billie Eilish Fans Face Chaos, Delays During Verified Fan Presale
Billie Eilish – the 17-year-old goth pop star – has quickly risen to fame in a short amount of time. Now, as she heads out onto her second round of tour dates supporting her debut record, fans are stuck unsuccessfully vying for presale tickets through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program.... Read more
Slow Ticketing Means Shawn Mendes Fans Show for Concert a Year Early
If you bought tickets in May for a concert in August, can you be blamed if you show up at the venue three months later and expected there to be a show? Several fans found out the hard way the unintended consequences of the so-called “slow ticketing” movement, as... Read more
Wakeman: Pricing and Taylor Swift’s Latest Bit of Bad Press
I was flipping through ticket Twitter yesterday and saw another story about Taylor Swift’s upcoming tour. I wrote a week or so ago about all the challenges that this kind of stuff presents to the industry, but it seems that this Taylor Swift tour is shaping up to have any number of unintended... Read more
Free Taylor Swift Tickets? Seat-Filling Scramble Begins
For a while now, it’s been speculated that tickets to Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour would begin popping up at steep discounts, similar to the way we’ve seen other Verified Fan flops trickle down through to Groupon, or pushed via Live Nation’s $20 all-in ticket deal going on this week.... Read more
Taylor Swift Ticket Prices Plummet as “Swift Tix” Charade Falls Apart
The bold gambit that Ticketmaster and Taylor Swift’s management pulled with her upcoming tour appears to be falling apart in spectacular fashion. After ratcheting up perceived demand through its monetized “Swift Tix” presale system, Taylor Swift ticket prices for the “Reputation” tour have been plummeting, including a recent promotion... Read more
Live Nation Presents New 2018 Festival Passports For True Music Junkies
Festival season is right around the corner, and following last year’s pilot-program success, Live Nation is bringing back Festival Passports, which allow fans to attend over 100 music festivals across the globe with a single pass. After they were introduced last year, Live Nation Festival Passports sold out within... Read more
Springsteen Fans Lament Broadway Process; Offer Organs to Pay for Tickets
The allegedly final round of tickets went on sale for Springsteen on Broadway, and once again, it was a bloodbath for fans, as high prices and hurt feelings dominated the process, while promoters once again cashed in on the highest price tickets in Broadway history. The latest extension by... Read more
Pearl Jam Verified Fan Presale Goes Predictably Poorly for Fans
The first thing we thought of when we heard word a while back that tickets for Pearl Jam’s 2018 summer tour would be distributed using Ticketmaster much touted “Verified Fan” system was pretty simple: This probably won’t end well. It would appear that our prediction wasn’t far off, as... Read more
Verified Fan Bombs Find Spots on Ticketmaster 2-for-1 Valentines Day Sale
It’s Valentine’s day, which means a number of things here in the U.S., not least of which is every company in the world is trying to capitalize on people’s need to produce some kind of memorable gift for their sweetheart – leading to deals on everything from flowers and... Read more
Elton John Verified Fan Sale Has Typically Frosty Reception from Fans
For some, the Elton John Verified Fan ticket sale went smoothly. They were able to register on time, whatever background system actually fires up to determine who gets codes settled on them, they got the code on sale day, and went through to purchase their tickets to his astonishingly... Read more