Side Door expands to include ticketing for livestream concerts
There are plenty of ways for artists to perform concerts at home and livestream them during the current period of social distancing and self-isolation, but not quite so many ways to charge fans to watch. One recently-launched...
April 3, 2020
StubHub is offering credit, not refunds, for cancelled events in US and Canada
The next big controversy around secondary ticketing has arrived, and it concerns whether buyers will get refunds for events that have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. If they bought through StubHub, the...
March 31, 2020
StubHub furloughs staff due to coronavirus impact
StubHub has become one of the first ticketing firms to confirm plans to ‘furlough’ staff (the term means to put staff on mandatory leave, often unpaid – it’s not clear whether that applies here – as...
March 26, 2020
Tools. Audience Republic: Sell more tickets for your event
Audience Republic was established in 2016, three years after founder and CEO Jared Kristensen had lost $20k at a low-selling event he had put on. After three more years of organising various events, he realised that he was...
March 19, 2020
Eventbrite tears up its financial predictions for 2020
Ticketing firm Eventbrite has withdrawn its business outlook – the predictions for revenues, profits etc that public companies provide to analysts – in the light of the coronavirus-fuelled uncertainty around the live...
March 17, 2020
Viagogo completes StubHub acquisition but integration must wait
The biggest secondary ticketing merger in history is now done and dusted, with Viagogo having completed its $4bn deal to buy eBay’s StubHub. But wait, hasn’t the deal been paused on the order of British regulator the...
February 17, 2020
Ticketmaster expands in Asia with acquisition of Tixcraft
A photo of a BTS stadium gig in Taiwan accompanies the latest announcement from Ticketmaster, signifying its ambitions in Asia. The company has acquired Taiwanese ticketing company Tixcraft, while also launching a Ticketmaster...
February 13, 2020
UK watchdog orders StubHub and Viagogo to pause their merger
The latest scrap between a regulator and secondary ticketing service Viagogo is, once again, in the UK. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has tangled with the company in the past, and now it has served an ‘initial...
February 11, 2020
UK watchdog threatens StubHub with court action over website
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has long been a thorn in the side of secondary ticketing firm Viagogo. Now it’s also training its sights on StubHub, the company that Viagogo is in the process of buying...
January 30, 2020
Live Nation tipped to face Department of Justice investigation
Live Nation’s shares have endured a bit of a buffeting after reports that the company is facing an investigation from the US Department of Justice. The central issue, according to the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles...
December 16, 2019
TicketSwap hires FastForward founder Chris Carey
Dutch secondary-ticketing firm TicketSwap has hired former EMI/Universal Music insight director Chris Carey as its new head of international marketing. The company aims to make secondary ticketing “fairer, safer and more...
December 3, 2019
YouTube Music extends free trial and expands ticketing to UK
Christmas is coming, and Music Ally’s list of cheap music-streaming subscription promotions is getting fat. YouTube is the latest in to the festive fray, with a ‘Cyber Week’ offer in the US of an extended three-month...
November 27, 2019