Managers Call For New Controls on Secondary Ticket Selling Websites

Fair prices for concerts matter, even to band managers.

In a letter they wrote to The Independent, managers and organizers say that the way the secondary ticketing market currently operates can seriously take away from the attempt to create fair prices for music and sports lovers.

The managers of Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, Iron Maiden, and even One Direction are asking for stricter regulations on ticket selling websites like Stubhub, and proposed changes that include a requirement that sites publish a ticket seller’s name, the ticket’s original sale value and seat number, and whether the resale violates the terms and conditions agreed to by the original buyer.

The letter, which was also signed by Bullet For My Valentine, Cancer Bats, music promoter Harvey Goldsmith, and others, reads:

“As representatives from the live event industry, responsible for putting on shows ranging from international sporting fixtures and world class theatre to intimate gigs, we are committed to ensuring that event-goers have the best experience possible at a fair price. The way that the secondary ticketing market is allowed to operate at present can seriously undermine that effort. It’s high time the government stopped sticking up for secondary platforms, and decided to put fans first.”

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