Mastering Tickets (repost) – Martin Cloonan

A repost of a piece by Martin Cloonan on the secondary ticketing market in which he discusses issues of fairness and ownership in relation to tickets, first published on the Live Music Exchange blog in February 2012.  

Wristband Revolution – Craig Franks

This guest post looks at the ways in which wristbands are put to use beyond simply serving as a token of entry to a concert. The focus of nostalgia, and collectors items in a burgeoning marketplace, their applications outlast the event itself and he gives some insights into the resale market as well as looking to the future and the growing use of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tagged bands.  

Ticket Agents in the UK – Office of Fair Trading (2005)

UK Government report with an overview of the services provided to consumers by ticket agents in the U.K. Contains overall figures for ticket sales and the split between primary and secondary sellers and recommendations for the industry.  

Surfing troubled waters: The ticketmasters and history’s web – Adam Behr

Last week’s Dispatches documentary about the secondary ticketing market has sent a squall of feedback through the public discussion channel on the live music sector, notwithstanding that some voices have been suggesting that the matter needed airing for some time now. Amongst them, our own Martin Cloonan has offered a substantive account of issues regarding the status of the ticket …  

Mastering Tickets – Martin Cloonan

On Thursday 23 February Channel 4’s Dispatches programme was entitled The Great Ticket Scandal. In it Channel 4 reporters went under cover to investigate what happens at two leading “fan exchange” sites, Viagogo and Seatwave. They found that contrary to the sites’ claims that they are simply a mechanism for fans to mutually exchange tickets, in reality they are clearing …