Tegan and Sara release 200 ‘Pay What You Can’ seats after tickets get purchased by resellers

Tickets were 'unethically gobbled up by secondary ticketing platforms'

Tegan and Sara released more than 200 “pay what you can” tickets for last night’s show at the Sydney Goldstein Theater in San Francisco after a large number of tickets ended up on secondary ticket platforms.

“It has come to our attention that significant numbers of tickets to our show tonight in San Francisco were unethically gobbled up by secondary ticketing platforms during our tour onsale in July,” the twins wrote on Instagram. “While the show tonight is technically sold out, many of these tickets are now being flooded back into the market for re-sale. Because there is little time to sell and we never ask our fans to go to secondary sites, this will likely result in empty seats tonight in the Sydney Goldstein Theater.”

They went on to explain that at about 8:15 pm they would offer rush seating for all open seats on a “first come first serve” basis in return for a “pay what you can” cash donation at the door. The proceeds from the tickets went toward The Tegan and Sara Foundation, which aims to support LGBTQ+ girls and women. Tegan and Sara also explained that after analycing the secondary site, they guessed that more than 200 seats would be available at the show.

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It has come to our attention that significant numbers of tickets to our show tonight in San Francisco were unethically gobbled up by secondary ticketing platforms during our tour onsale in July. While the show tonight is technically sold out, many of these tickets are now being flooded back into the market for re-sale. Because there is little time to sell and we never ask our fans to go to secondary sites, this will likely result in empty seats tonight in the Sydney Goldstein Theater. Our goal is to ensure that our real fans are in each and every seat, and to prevent secondary platforms from hurting our show. As an experiment, tonight in San Francisco we will be offering rush seating for all open seats, at approximately 8:15pm. This means that we will allow any empty seats to be available on a "first come first serve” basis in return for a “pay what you can” cash donation at the door to The Tegan and Sara Foundation, which works to support LGBTQ+ girls and women. After analyzing the secondary sites, we estimate we may have over 200 seats to fill at the last minute tonight. We would ask you to line up at the venue in the evening for the chance to be admitted into the show at 8:15pm, but note we can’t guarantee seat availability. We will be continuing to work on this frustrating problem this week and will keep everyone posted on rush seating and ticket availability to upcoming shows. We can’t wait to see you! xo Tegan and Sara

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