Live Nation launches a $799 ‘festival passport’ ticketing scheme
Paying $799 for a festival? We knew ticket prices were rising but this is ridiculous, etc etc. But no: Live Nation’s new ‘festival passport’ will get you into more than 90 festivals around the world from the company,...
May 22, 2017
Could Pandora’s ‘full-stack’ strategy end in Ticketfly sale?
When Pandora agreed to buy ticketing firm Ticketfly for $450m in October 2015, the deal was quickly positioned as a way for Pandora to join the dots between the recorded and live music markets, using its swelling banks of...
May 16, 2017
StubHub trumpets its latest social features
Like other secondary-ticketing services, StubHub has been something of a controversy-magnet in recent times. However, the company has also made headlines with some of its technological developments. The latest involves...
April 12, 2017
Trouble buying Adele or Ed Sheeran tickets? FanFair Alliance wants to help
Last year, the UK’s FanFair Alliance focused on bringing managers and other music-industry entities together to campaign against online touting. In 2017, its focus is expanding to include an educational outreach to music...
March 20, 2017
FanFair Alliance welcomes UK government’s touting crackdown
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...
March 13, 2017
Amazon Tickets GM rules out move into secondary ticketing
Amazon will not be moving into the secondary ticketing market, with Amazon Tickets general manager Geraldine Wilson also criticising other ticket retailers for hidden costs that the customer only sees when they get to the...
March 13, 2017
The future of ticketing: dynamic pricing, data and Spotify
The emergence of mobile ticketing-focused startups like Dice has inspired Ticketmaster to “up our game” according to Sarah Slater, director of business development, music at Ticketmaster UK. Speaking on a panel about...
February 25, 2017
GUTS Tickets aims to tackle touting with blockchain technology
We’ve seen a growing cluster of startups using blockchain technology to try to solve some of the problems in the recorded-music ecosystem. Now there’s one applying the tech to the issue of online ticket touting. Amsterdam-based...
February 17, 2017
New moves suggested for UK secondary ticketing crackdown
The UK could be in line for the toughest anti-secondary ticketing regime yet, thanks to amendments being suggested to a digital economy bill that is currently making its way through the Westminster system. “Among them...
February 8, 2017
Ed Sheeran ‘vehemently opposed’ to secondary ticketing
Ed Sheeran is “deeply concerned” about secondary ticketing, according to his representatives. And no surprise: after tickets for his next set of UK concerts went on sale, they quickly appeared on secondary sites for massive...
February 3, 2017
Bandsintown ended 2016 with 30m users of its apps
Live-music discovery firm Bandsintown is publishing its end-of-year review today, with the headline stat being that it ended 2016 with 30 million registered fans using its apps. The company says two thirds of those are...
February 1, 2017
Eventbrite buys European ticketing firm Ticketscript
There is more consolidation afoot in the ticketing sector, and this time it’s focused on Europe. Eventbrite has acquired Netherlands-based ticketing firm Ticketscript for an undisclosed amount. The latter company originally...
February 1, 2017