British anti-secondary ticketing organisation the FanFair Alliance was cheering on Friday, after the UK government announced a series of measures designed to crack down on ticket touting.
That includes criminalising the misuse of bots to bulk-buy tickets to resell on the secondary market; pressuring secondary outlets to differentiate between professional touts and regular fans selling tickets; and accepting various other recommendations of the 2016 independent Waterson report into the secondary market.
“Government’s announcement will be music to the ears of UK audiences. It is also vindication for campaigners and performers, who have called for reform of this shadowy market for well over a decade,” said the Alliance in a statement released on Friday.
“A crackdown on the misuse of bot technology to bulk-buy tickets will be hugely important in helping clean up this market, but of equal significance is Government’s blanket acceptance of recommendations in the Waterson Review which, if implemented, should lead to greater transparency.”