British Stars such as Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Arctic Monkeys, Iron Maiden, Little Mix, and Noel Gallagher are some of Britain’s stars supporting a new campaign against reselling of concert tickets.
The petition by Fair Alliance which was set up in May and has already garnered 44,000 signatures called for the government in the UK to “place tougher restrictions on websites that resell concert tickets.”
While speaking at the launch of the Fair Alliance in London, Thursday, (July, 14) manager of Arctic Monkeys, Ian McAndrew said one of the aims of the petition was to “make it easier for fans to buy tickets”.
“The aim of the FanFair Alliance is to take a unified stand against rampant profiteering in the secondary ticketing market. We are also urging the Government to take measures and commit resources to enforce existing legislation.”
McAndrew also stated one recurring complaint he received from fans was the practice of secondary ticketing where marketers bought bulk tickets and advertised for resell online at ridiculously-inflated prices.
The secondary ticketing or ticketing touts market is speculated to be worth over £1 billion per year with four major secondary ticketing websites listed as,Getmein, Stubhub, Iagogo, Seatwave.
Part of the Alliance’s claims in its declaration include, “Industrial-scale online ticket touting is ripping off fans. It is also hugely damaging to artists at all levels of their careers and to music businesses across the board.
“Because UK consumer law is not currently enforced, touts can act with impunity and under the cloak of anonymity: hacking into online ticketing systems, scalping inventory, inflating prices and profiteering via under-regulated resale sites.”
Fair Alliance also stated several steps it believes will assist the UK government in solving the problem, such as stronger enforcement of the Consumer Rights Act 2015, increased transparency, “Proper corporate responsibility” from the websites and the abuse of technology to buy tickets for re-sale should be a criminal offence.