The Ticket Reselling Scandal exposed by Channel 4’s Dispatches documentary aired on February 23rd has pulled in artists and managers.
The programme claimed that promoters sold to reseller sites such as viagogo and Seatwave directly. These retailers then sold the tickets on at hugely marked up prices as “secondary” tickets.
Now Paul Latham—the COO of one of the promoters accused of such practices, Live Nation—has told Music Week that such activities were only undertaken with the “participation” of the artists and their management.
“Live Nation has never listed tickets in the secondary market without the participation of the artists or management,” claimed Latham to Music Week. “Indeed, when we have, the allocation is not more than 3% of the total available tickets for sale.”
Live Nation—who work with artists including Madonna and U2—was accused in the Dispatches exposé of selling 2,200 tickets for Rihanna’s UK tour and over 3,000 tickets for Westlife’s 2012 tour to viagogo. Other promoters including SJM, Metropolis and 3A entertainment have also been connected with the practice with SJM reportedly selling 29,000 tickets for Take That’s 2011 tour and 9,000 tickets for Coldplay’s upcoming Stadium tour to viagogo.Article continues below
Viagogo—which uses the tag line “Real Tickets for Real Fans”—has already defended its activities with its UK Director, Ed Parkinson, claiming to Music Week that it was “misrepresented” in C4’s “The Great Ticket Scandal” programme.
You can read the whole three-page special on the Dispatches documentary in this week’s Music Week edition.