Two weeks ago Sharon Hodgson MP had her Sale of Tickets (Sporting and Cultural Events) Bill, debated in the House of Commons. It’s an attempt to outlaw the controversial touting of gig tickets.
Maybe they should have debate it here first.
Afterall everyone who reads this site is probably a gig goer and has their experience of touts. We spoke to people at gigs and got a varying and more complex picture of the issue.
There were a lot of people against touring- claiming that it pushes up ticket prices and it also means tickets are all bought up en masse by the touts who have the time to jump the queue there were others who were quite relived to grab those last minute tickets. Some people, oddly, claimed to find the touts intimidating.
It’s been a thorny issue for a long time.
We also spoke to some touts who claimed that they were providing a service by holding tickets for their clients. It seemed that there were two types of touts, the old school gentlemen tout who had spent the eighties bunking round Europe selling tickets, grafting and living on the edge of pop culture. They were still with us and worked in a polite and subtle way- almost like a street booking agency and doing most of their business with regular clients over the phone.
There was also the new school of hustlers who were more in your face and they all claimed to be part of the business of music.
Are the touts any more or less on the hustle than anyone else involved in music?
Should touring of tickets be outlawed?
What do you think?