Blockchain ticketing firm Big Neon is shutting down
Anyone looking for a reminder not to get too carried away with the NFTs bonanza would do worse to look at the fate of some of the blockchain music companies from a few years ago that had big ambitions. Big Neon for example,...
March 8, 2021
Sofar Sounds snaps up ticketing startup Seated in acquisition
In 2018, ticketing startup Seated made people, ahem, sit up and take notice when it was one of the winners at the Midemlab startups contest. We reported on its winning pitch at the time, with the company working directly...
February 15, 2021
Viagogo told to sell StubHub’s business outside North America
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has issued its verdict on secondary ticketing firm Viagogo’s acquisition of rival StubHub. The regulator says Viagogo will have to sell StubHub’s business...
February 3, 2021
FTC fines three ticket brokers in first BOTS Act litigation
It still feels a little strange to be writing about ticket touting (scalping) controversies, given that the bottom has dropped out of the secondary ticketing market just as it has the live industry more generally. The concerns...
January 25, 2021
Feat guide offers anti-touting tips for agents and promoters
Ticket touting has dropped out of the music industry headlines over the last nine months – unsurprisingly, given that in many countries there aren’t many tickets to tout due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But as the live...
January 18, 2021
Ticketing firm Eventbrite buys marketing platform ToneDen
We've written about ToneDen a few times in recent memory: for a profile of its social and streaming marketing tools in November 2019, for example, and then a story in June this year about its 'StreamLinks' feature offering...
November 17, 2020
Viagogo could sell StubHub’s business outside North America
It’s not been smooth sailing for secondary ticketing firm Viagogo’s $4bn takeover of rival StubHub since it was announced in November 2019, thanks to regulatory investigations and Covid-19. Now Viagogo is proposing...
November 12, 2020
Niall Horan and Kylie Minogue online concerts sold 150k tickets
It was a busy weekend for online concerts firm Driift, which had two big events airing on Saturday night: a livestream from former One Direction member Niall Horan, and a pre-recorded concert by Kylie Minogue. This morning,...
November 9, 2020
Feat publishes recommendations for tackling ticket touting
Anti-touting body the Face-Value European Alliance for Ticketing (Feat) has published a set of recommendations for improving secondary ticketing in Europe. They come on the back of the European Parliament's proposals for...
October 22, 2020
BTS ‘Map of the Soul ON:E’ online concerts sold 993k tickets
K-Pop stars BTS set an official world record earlier this year when they attracted more than 756,000 paying fans to their ‘Bang Bang Con’ livestreamed concert. Last weekend’s ‘Map of the Soul ON:E’ concerts outdid...
October 13, 2020
Lyte tests ticket reservation tool for return of physical gigs
A lot of physical concerts have been cancelled during the Covid-19 pandemic, but it’s been heartening how many fans have held onto their tickets for the ones that have been postponed – even those delayed for a year or...
October 6, 2020
Mixcloud adds ticketing for audio and video livestreams
Audio streaming service Mixcloud launched a livestreaming feature in April this year, enabling people to stream live audio or video on its platform. Today, it’s announcing an expansion of ‘Mixcloud Live’ to add ticketing....
October 6, 2020