The great rock’n’roll swindlers are still cashing in

August 2012

Live events industry


“The time has come for the secondary market to be regulated, and a 10 per cent profit cap to go on the resale of tickets as called for by Sharon Hodgson MP ….”

 Is it time to ban touts and regulate the secondary ticketing industry? This opinion from Festival Republic’s Melvin Benn makes for interesting reading.

In other ticket news, a Scottish man, Paul Reidy, has appeared in court in Scotland accused of selling three music fans fake VIP tickets to T In The Park, and for then posing as a security guard at the festival so he could ‘escort’ the ticket holders onto the site. Reidy is accused of selling the ‘tickets’ for £300 each; he pleaded not guilty to the charges made against him, and will go on trial at Perth Sheriff Court in October. Meanwhile in London hundreds of fans were reportedly turned away from Live Nation’s Wireless Festival this weekend, also having been sold fake tickets, seemingly via websites like Gumtree and eBay.  Those affected by fakes at Wireless has been asked to contact the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau through its website

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