An Open Letter To Jamie T About Secondary Ticketing SitesAn open letter to Jamie T

According to some reports on Twitter your gig at the Dome in Tuffnell park London today sold out in minutes.

Congratulations, you deserve the attention, by releasing two of the finest albums an artist has made in recent years it is only what you’re due. Welcome back.

However, can you do us all a favour and look into why dozens of tickets for this show are on sale for £80 + on secondary ticketing sites already please?

Are you the victim of dozens of touts who manage somehow to get online before everyone else (who have previously bought your albums and would very much like to attend this show) and then sell them on to make a profit, or are the people arranging these gigs of yours selling them directly to these companies?

Are you aware of this practice or are you going to bury your head in the sand like many other successful artists are currently doing?

I’ve written loads about this in the past and even bloody watchdog with Anne bloody Robinson has bought this up on the BBC.

We sent a man to the BBC to argue this subject out with Viagogo representative earlier this year because we think THIS SUCKS. You can see what happened here.

Whilst most publications are keen to point out that your return is very newsworthy and I’d love to be there when you climb back on the stage in a few weeks time, I’m afraid that it looks like I won’t be.

I buy your albums and look forward to buying the next one when it comes out even if it means parting with my cash before I even hear it.

But I (and I’m sure many others) think it sucks that we can’t be there at your gigs and that tickets are in the hands of these people.

It also grates that the same publications who are triumphant in your return are also guilty of advertising these companies that a lot of us simply don’t understand or believe the principle of.

You know where to find us…

 
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Keith Goldhanger -- Spent the '90s as a frontman with London noise merchants HEADBUTT - spent the '80s in 'Peel favourites' BASTARD KESTREL. Spent a few years mashing up tunes and remixing bands as HIDEOUS WHEEL INVENTION. Is often out and about getting in the way of things and bumping his head on low ceilings - Will give your band the time of day but will dislike any band that balances full pints of alcohol on the top of guitar amps (Not keen on lead singers that wear hats either).

2 COMMENTS

  1. These sites make my blood boil. Just a bunch of rip off merchants, but as they pay taxes the powers that be will do fuck all. The law needs to change to stamp them all out.

  2. This kind of thing is certainly not confined to one particular artist, or even confined merely to music. It’s happening throughout arts, culture, sporting events the world over.

    I believe your open letter would be better addressed to the other parties involved, the management, the promotors, the venue etc; who are all stakeholders in the ticketing process surely?

    So long as the ticketing process allows multiple tickets to be purchased per transaction in all the various mediums (web, phone, outlet) then there will be those willing to play the system and want to make a quick buck. That could be organised touts/wheeler and dealers, students, etc.

    How to combat this? This would need agreement / changes from all parties;
    -limitations on number of tickets that may be purchased per transaction;
    -additions to the ticket itself (name, picture perhaps);
    -changes on-site at the gig itself, checks ID etc.

    The last point above of course raises some practical issues of course with the venue. Perhaps of the cardholder can declare the name of the intended recipient of the ticket if their purchasing for someone else.

    Lastly, I think restrictions on refunds should be relaxed which would relinquish the need for some to opt for re-selling on such sites.

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