Tegan and Sara battle touts with ‘rush seating’ at their gigs
Tegan and Sara are excellent, so news of them playing to a half-empty venue is disheartening. But doubly so because it wasn’t the result of poor ticket sales: according to Billboard, the sparsely-attended gig on 30...
October 23, 2019
The Chainsmokers co-found blockchain-ticketing startup Yellowheart
If you ever want to feel sympathy for the challenges that music/tech journalists face, read our 2018 report that included an ‘A to Z of Blockchain Music Startups’ and see our valiant efforts to find different ways of...
October 21, 2019
Primavera Sound goes ticketless as Dice expands to Spain
Spanish live firm Primavera Sound is going to take its events ticketless, including its flagship festival in Barcelona. The company is doing it via an exclusive multi-year partnership with ticketing startup Dice, which will...
October 17, 2019
Ticketing exchange Lyte announces a $15m funding round
Here’s a new buzzphrase for the live-music industry: ‘post-primary ticketing’. What’s that? According to ticketing firm Lyte, it’s “private label ticketing services offered to fans by the most iconic sports and...
October 10, 2019
Ticketing startup Dice expands to Italy, with FKA twigs
It’s been a while since we’ve checked in with ticketing startup Dice – in March, when the company launched in the US. Now it’s expanding again, this time to Italy. Dice’s app is now live there, complete...
September 26, 2019
UK’s CMA suspends plans for court action against Viagogo
British regulator the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been harrying secondary-ticketing firm Viagogo for some time now over how it presents tickets to its customers. In July, the CMA announced plans to move...
September 6, 2019
Ticketing service TickPick raises $40m funding round
TickPick started life in 2011 as a secondary ticketing website, but has since expanded into primary ticketing too, working directly with festivals, sporting bodies and other entertainment events in the US. Now the company...
August 7, 2019
Google suspends Viagogo from its paid-search results
Anti-touting campaigners in the UK have been cheering mightily at the news that Google is suspending secondary-ticketing service Viagogo from its paid-search results. That means that people searching for concert tickets will...
July 18, 2019
UK regulator pursues Viagogo for contempt of court
Secondary ticketing firm Viagogo has been under fire in the UK for some time from politicians, regulators and anti-touting campaigners alike. The latest development sees the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announcing...
July 5, 2019
YouTube adds more ticketing features through AXS partnership
YouTube continues to build up the concert-ticketing features within its service. The latest example is a partnership with ticketing firm AXS, focused on the US. “Fans watching videos from YouTube Official Artist Channels...
June 5, 2019
Facebook’s new ticketing feature is powered by Eventbrite
Facebook’s potential as a platform to sell tickets has been talked about for years, and anecdotally Music Ally hears plenty of positivity from music marketers about its suitability for selling tickets already. Now its partnership...
May 17, 2019
Ticketmaster launches ‘SafeTix’ feature for digital tickets
Ticketmaster has unveiled a new feature for its digital-ticketing technology, called SafeTix. It’s about tying every ticket to the buyer’s smartphone via “an encrypted barcode that automatically refreshes every few...
May 16, 2019