CTS EVENTIM has announced it is making a push to enter the North American ticketing market, challenging the dominance of Live Nation Entertainment and (to a lesser extent) AEG in the lucrative live events access space. The Germany-based promoting and ticketing giant hopes to use the restart of live events across the globe to find its niche on this side of the Atlantic. Tickets for the first major CTS Eventim event partner – New York’s Big Apple Circus – go on sale this week for the event’s return to the city this fall. “North America is the most attractive market in the world for live entertainment and ticketing,” says CEO Klaus-Peter Schulenberg. “The platform eventim.com puts us in an ideal position to benefit from the restart there. The sale of tickets for Big Apple Circus is a first step on this journey. We are already in discussions with potential partners and customers about making our cutting-edge ticketing systems available to them soon.” Former Live Nation chairman Michael Cohl has been involved with the CTS expansion into the market, under the banner of EMC Presents, which is involved with the production of the Big Apple Circus and also the upcoming Genesis tour of North America, beginning in November. The full press release announcing the move is included below: CTS EVENTIM enters the North American ticketing market New platform eventim.com to start selling tickets on September 26 Goal is to provide an alternative to the dominant providers CEO Klaus-Peter Schulenberg: “The platform eventim.com puts us in an ideal position to benefit from the restart of live entertainment in North America.” Munich, September 24, 2021. CTS EVENTIM, one of the leading international providers of ticketing and live entertainment, is entering the North American ticketing market and thus driving forward its international expansion in this segment too. The platform eventim.com will begin selling tickets on September 26. The goal is to establish an alternative to the dominant providers in the US and Canada. Klaus-Peter Schulenberg, CEO of CTS EVENTIM: “North America is the most attractive market in the world for live entertainment and ticketing. The platform eventim.com puts us in an ideal position to benefit from the restart there. The sale of tickets for Big Apple Circus is a first step on this journey. We are already in discussions with potential partners and customers about making our cutting-edge ticketing systems available to them soon.” Last year, CTS EVENTIM and US promoter Michael Cohl formed the joint venture EMC Presents with the goal of bringing leading international artists to stages in the United States and Canada. It got off to a great start, selling more than 300,000 tickets in almost no time for the legendary band Genesis’ North American tour, which kicks off in mid-November in Chicago. This summer also saw the launch of EVENTIM LIVE ASIA. The new company, headquartered in Singapore and led by CEO Jason Miller, focuses on the rapidly growing live entertainment markets in China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines. Before the start of the coronavirus pandemic, CTS EVENTIM was selling more than 250 million tickets for around 800,000 events every year, making it the world’s second-largest provider of ticketing solutions and the no. 1 in Europe. Through online shops and sales systems, the company has a presence in over 20 countries. CTS EVENTIM was the exclusive ticketing partner for the Olympic Games in 2006, 2014, and 2016, the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and many other major international sporting events. About CTS EVENTIM CTS EVENTIM is one of the leading international providers of ticketing services and live entertainment. In 2019, around 250 million tickets were marketed using the company’s systems – be it through stationary box offices, online or from mobile terminals. Its online portals operate under brands such as eventim.de, oeticket.com, ticketcorner.ch, ticketone.it and entradas.com. The EVENTIM Group also includes many concert, tour and festival promoter companies for events like ‘Rock am Ring’, ‘Rock im Park’, ‘Hurricane’, ‘Southside’ and ‘Lucca Summer’. In addition, some of Europe’s most renowned venues are operated by CTS EVENTIM, for example the LANXESS Arena in Cologne, the K.B. Hallen in Copenhagen, the Waldbühne in Berlin and the EVENTIM Apollo in London. CTS Eventim AG & Co. KGaA (ISIN DE 0005470306) has been listed on the stock exchange since 2000 and is currently a member of the MDAX segment. In 2019, its 3,202-strong workforce generated more than 1.4 billion Euro in sales revenue in 21 countries. The post CTS Eventim Seeks to Enter, Disrupt North American Ticketing Market appeared first on TicketNews .
Shawn Mendes has announced a lengthy tour in support of his album Wonder, which was released in late 2020. Wonder: the World Tour kicks off with dates in the EU and UK next spring, swinging next through North America beginning in June. Shawn Mendes tickets on sale to the general public beginning on Tuesday, September 29, with presale available for members of the ShawnAccess fan club leading up to that date. King Princess, Dermot Kennedy and Tate McRae have been announced as supporting acts for the tour, which currently consists of 64 dates with a promise that additional dates may be added. It kicks off on March 14, 2022 at Royal Arena Copenhagen, running through Europe and the UK until a May 20 stop at WiZink Center in Madrid. U.S. dates begin with Moda Center in Portland, Oregon on June 27, with the first leg concluding on August 19 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Leg two in the U.S. kicks off at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona on September 7, carrying through to an October 26 date at Newark’s Prudential Center. The tour was announced in the wake of the singer’s appearances at several events in September, capped by a performance at New York’s Irving Plaza, after which he tweeted his delight at being back to performing. “I can’t believe how good it felt to be back on stage tonight,” he wrote. “Thank you so much Newyork. I love you guys so much.” I can’t believe how good it felt to be back on stage tonight. Thank you so much Newyork. I love you guys so much ❤️ pic.twitter.com/A9xJ723HW6 — Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) September 23, 2021 Visit wonderthetour.com for more specific tour date information, as well as links to purchase tickets through the box office. Should those not prove to be what you’re looking for, remember that TicketNews sponsor Ticket Club offers all-in pricing for members, often 10-20 percent lower than competing resale marketplaces – sign up for your free one year trial at TicketClub.com/compare/TicketNews . Browse prices for Shawn Mendes tickets on sale at Ticket Club today . Shawn Mendes Wonder: the World Tour Dates March 14 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Royal Arena March 16 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Avicii Arena March 18 – Oslo, Norway @ Telenor Arena March 21 – Hamburg, Germany @ Barclays Arena March 24 – Krakow, Poland @ Tauron Arena March 28 – Vienna, Austria @ Stadthalle March 30 – Budapest, Hungary @ Papp László Budapest Sportaréna April 2 – Bologna, Italy @ Unipol Arena April 4 – Munich, Germany @ Olympiahalle April 6 – Berlin, Germany @ Mercedes-Benz Arena April 7 – Cologne, Germany @ Lanxess Arena April 9 – Mannheim, Germany @ SAP Arena April 11 – Prague, Czech Republic @ O2 Arena April 14 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Sportpaleis April 17 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Ziggo Dome May 07 – Paris, France @ La Défense Arena May 10 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Hallenstadion May 12 – Bordeaux, France @ Arkéa Arena May 14 – Barcelona, Spain @ Palau Sant Jordi May 18 – Lisbon, Portugal @ Altice Arena May 20 – Madrid, Spain @ WiZink Center June 27 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center June 28 – Seattle, WA @ Climate Pledge Arena June 30 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center July 2 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue to be announced July 5 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place July 9 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center July 12 – Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum July 15 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena July 19 – Cleveland, OH @ Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse July 20 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena July 22 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center July 23 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena July 27 – Washington, D.C. @ Capital One Arena July 29 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun August 2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center August 5 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden August 12 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center August 15 – Montreal, QC @ Centre Bell August 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center September 7 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena September 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center September 15 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena September 17 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena September 21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Arena September 24 – Denver, CO @ Ball Arena September 26 – Kansas City, MO @ T-Mobile Center September 27 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Paycom Center October 1 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center October 3 – Austin, TX @ Moody Center October 4 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center October 8 – Miami, FL @ FTX Arena October 11 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena October 12 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center October 14 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena October 19 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena October 22 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena October 24 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life FieldHouse October 26 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center The post Shawn Mendes Tickets on Sale for Wonder: the World Tour Next Week appeared first on TicketNews .
Mobile-only ticketing was blamed for another catastrophic failure in fan experience last weekend, as thousands of Pittsburgh Steelers fans waited in huge lines outside of Heinz Field for the team’s home opener. Pittsburgh, like most every other team in the NFL and beyond this year, effectively stripped fans of the right to get tickets in any format besides mobile-only for the year, and that led to huge backups on the way in. “We all agree, PNC is the Best Ball Park in the Major Leagues!” tweeted one fan with the twitter handle @TheHiTechGuru, attaching a photo of a huge crowd (without masks) outside the stadium. “Well Heinz Field is the WORST Stadium in the NFL! It took almost the first quarter to get into the game and we were in line starting at 12:35. We got in because a gate was opened and people rushed in. No tixs checked!” The issues seemed to mirror those experienced at numerous venues during this forced transition to a mobile-only ticketing world, which has been seized upon by event organizers using COVID safety as the reasoning behind a shift to the technology which affords them enormous access to user data as part of the system. Ohio State also saw massive wait times and many fans entering the stadium after the game had been well underway – and with some percentage getting in without even seeing their tickets scanned. A week later, the Buckeyes saw the lowest crowd in a generation, with just over 76,000 making it to the Week 2 contest after the first week nightmare of mobile-only issues passed. That crowd is was the smallest at the school since 1971. Also similar to Ohio State, Pittsburgh officials blamed consumers for the issues at hand, indicating that the massive lines were a product of fans who hadn’t downloaded their tickets to their digital wallets before getting in line. “We asked our fans to make sure they got their tickets downloaded to their Apple Wallet or Google Pay before they got to the line, and unfortunately some didn’t and it caused some backups,” Steelers Director of Communications Burt Lauten said . “But we anticipated some of that given it’s the first regular-season game with this new mobile ticketing.” While it is true that there is a learning curve in any transition, it does seem fair to point out that massive entry delays and mobile-only ticketing seem to go together like peas and carrots, or whatever other metaphor you’d prefer. In the rush to hammer fans into a digital ecosystem where every action generates data and every interaction with the ticket can be owned and controlled by the team or its ticketing vendor, there seems to have been a drastic lack of consideration for the point of a ticket – which is getting people into the event (on time to see the whole event). Pittsburgh has suggested that fans do things better for their next home game against Cincinnati – by showing up earlier. The post Mobile-Only Ticketing Leads to Massive Entry Delays at Steelers Opener appeared first on TicketNews .
More than 700 Buffalo Bills fans took advantage of a limited window the team allowed to cancel their season tickets , forfeiting their rights to the seats for good after team and local officials decided to require all attending games to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the middle of the current season. A total of 762 tickets were cancelled and refunded, according to media reports. Fans who chose to opt out for the season did so at a steep cost – they forfeited their season tickets entirely in exchange for the refund, and lost any seniority in the process. That means that in order to return to being season ticket members going forward, they will be at the back of the line. With case numbers rising, New York officials decided to mandate vaccinations for all who attended games at Highmark Stadium (while other area venues and franchises made similar announcements). Unlike many other event organizers, the western New York franchises decided against offering an alternate of providing a recent negative COVID-19 screening for entry. Single-game ticket purchasers were not given any choice in the matter, but season ticket holders were given a narrow window to cancel their orders if they so chose. Anyone attending a game in Buffalo must have had at least their first dose of a COVID vaccination by Sunday’s game against Washington, and must have the second shot done no later than the home game on October 31. Numerous consumers in New York have been put into a bind by the decision by local authorities and teams to go vaccination or nothing. In the Bills’ fans example, they could get a refund but be penalized. In at least some event instances, consumers were stuck with no options at all – mobile-only tickets where resale and transfer rights were shut down by event organizers, meaning they could either get vaccinated, or forfeit whatever price they paid on the tickets with no way of selling or giving them away based on the restrictive ticketing system put in place by the event organizers. At the beginning of the week, a spokesperson for the Erie County District Attorney’s office told TicketNews that they were looking into whether or not such restrictions were in violation of New York state law (which has specific consumer protections against only allowing paperless ticketing options that can be restricted in this fashion). But by mid-week, they followed up to report that any enforcement on the Arts & Culture statute that governs event ticketing and resale in the state must come from the Attorney General’s office, which has not responded to requests for comment on the matter. For the Las Vegas Raiders , approximately 700 season ticket members holding a total of approximately 1,800 tickets requested either a refund or to roll their ticket purchase over into 2022 following the announcement of a similar vaccination-only policy for Allegiant Stadium this fall, due to Nevada making vaccinations a necessity for such an event. The key difference is that those wished were able to roll their tickets into next year rather than give them up entirely as the Bills fans had to. Two other NFL franchises – New Orleans and Seattle – are requiring proof of vaccination to attend home games at this time, but both offer a test-out alternative. The post More Than 700 Buffalo Bills Fans Cancel Season Tickets Over Vaccine Requirement appeared first on TicketNews .
Country singer/songwriter Morgan Wallen saw plenty of demand for a recently announced four-stop tour taking place this fall, selling out all four events in short order. The quick sellouts were an indication that the long-term impact of being “cancelled” may be vastly overstated. Wallen announced his return to performing at the beginning of the week , with tickets on sale beginning on Tuesday, September 21. The four performances – two in Alabama, and one each in Tennessee and Georgia – sold out in less than a day after going through to the general public. At least one, a headlining performance at Auburn Rodeo in Alabama, broke the event’s record for fastest sellout in history, according to the Rodeo. “Thank you. Y’all continue to blow me away with your support for me and my music,” Wallen shared in his Instagram story. “My and the crew can’t wait to get out there and see your faces. Let’s get it!!!” It was just five months ago ago that Morgan Wallen made much different headlines, appearing in national news coverage after being recorded using a racial slur outside of his home. That notoriety cost him his recording contract with Big Loud Records, and caused him to back out of all upcoming festival and concert appearances including many backing up Luke Bryan. Wallen was contrite in the wake of the controversy, penning a lengthy letter of apology to fans and promising to use the opportunity for growth, and promising that “getting back out to see y’all is all I can think about. So just know you’ll be seeing me sooner than later.” Earlier this month, Wallen took to the stage to headline a fundraising concert that pulled in $725,000 to support The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and the Tennessee Emergency Response Fund alongside Dierks Bentley, HARDY, cole Swindell, and others. The new run of shows was announced on the heels of that successful first foray back into the spotlight, and the response seems clear that Morgan Wallen is back, at least among his core group of fans for this limited run of performances. Morgan Wallen Fall 2021 Dates Oct. 23 – Auburn Rodeo – Auburn, Alabama Oct. 30 – Bristol Motor Speedway – Bristol, Tennessee Nov. 6 – Coosa Valley Fairgrounds – Rome, Georgia Nov. 12 – The Grounds – Mobile, Alabama The post Morgan Wallen Quickly Sells Out Four Shows in Post-“Cancel” Return appeared first on TicketNews .
While he opted to wipe the slate clean on his planned Stadium Tour this fall, Garth Brooks doesn’t appear to have given up on performing in front of audiences in 2021. But instead of massive crowds at NFL or college football venues, he appears to be planning a number of intimate “dive bar” dates , allowing for a safer crowd experience amid COVID-19. During an appearance on his Facebook series Inside Studio G, Brooks confirmed that “stadiums are officially out for this year,” but that he would perform at smaller venues (which he generally refers to as “dive bar” stops, though they are usually actually just smaller club spaces rather than actual dive bars). The rationale is because “dive bars are vaccinated.” Brooks was one of the first major acts to get back to touring when live events began coming back in 2021, telling other artists to get back in the game from the stage at one of his first Stadium Tour dates after resuming. But as the Delta variant began to drive case numbers higher, he paused sales on fall dates , then decided to cancel them entirely , wiping out five shows in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Maryland, Ohio, and Tennessee. “In July, I sincerely thought the pandemic was falling behind us,” he said at the time of the Stadium Tour shows being called off. “Now watching this new wave, I realize we are still in the fight and I must do my part.” Plans are in the works for Dive Bar tour dates to take place in cities where Stadium Tour shows were called off, but specific plans have not been announced. Brooks and his team anticipate requiring that anyone who attends any upcoming show will show proof of vaccination or proof of a recent negative COVID test as a requirement for entry. “My wish is… we do everything safe so [fans] can enjoy [the show] and not sit in the stands and be scared,” he said. “We’re all coming down from this at our own speed. I hope people can come and let it all go.” The post Garth Brooks Hoping to Replace Cancelled Shows With Dive Bar Run appeared first on TicketNews .
Monumental Sports and Entertainment (MSE) announced the extension of their long-term ticketing deal with Ticketmaster this week, covering many high-profile entities in and around Washington D.C. As MSE’s official ticketing partner, Ticketmaster will faciliatate ticketing for all of the organization’s venues, as well as its sports franchises, whcih include the NHL’s Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards, WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and NBA G League’s Capital City Go-Go. “We have always believed in the power of technology to transform the fan experience,” said Jim Van Stone, President, Business Operations & Chief Commercial Officer, Monumental Sports & Entertainment. “In the past year, this has become even more necessary as we utilized digital tools to unlock contactless capabilities that helped keep fans safe. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Ticketmaster, working together to drive innovation as new opportunities emerge.” Venues covered by the deal include Capital One Arena, EagleBank Arena, MedStar Capital Iceplex, and MedStar Health Performance Center. The announcement of the deal focuses on the continued push to make ticketing a mobile-only affair, which affords rights-holders enormous potential control over ticketing and consumer data. “Ted Leonsis and the team at Monumental are exciting partners to work with because they’re always on the cutting-edge, adopting the latest technology,” said Kurt Schwartzkopf, Executive Vice President, Sports, Ticketmaster. “This aligns well with our desire to continually innovate the ticketing experience, and we look forward to continuing our work together.” The full press release from Monumental Sports & Entertainment announcing the deal is included below: Monumental Sports & Entertainment and Ticketmaster Ink an Extension for Tech-Forward Partnership to Build More Innovative, Immersive Fan Experiences WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 21, 2021) — Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE), the ownership group of the NHL’s Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards, WNBA’s Washington Mystics and Capital One Arena, and Ticketmaster, the global leader in advanced ticketing technologies, today announced an extension of their nearly decade-long partnership. As Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s Official Ticketing Partner, Ticketmaster will facilitate ticketing for all Monumental Sports & Entertainment venues, including Capital One Arena, EagleBank Arena, MedStar Capital Iceplex and MedStar Health Performance Center, as well as ticketing across all MSE teams, including the Capitals, Wizards, Mystics and NBA G League affiliate, Capital City Go-Go. Monumental Sports has consistently employed Ticketmaster’s leading technology to enhance the fan experience. As a tech-forward company, Monumental was among the first to migrate toward mobile entry in 2016 and the company’s leadership in the early adoption of the most immersive, seamless technologies created perfect positioning for them to leverage Ticketmaster’s platform to elevate each step of the fan journey from on sale to event day. “We have always believed in the power of technology to transform the fan experience,” said Jim Van Stone, President, Business Operations & Chief Commercial Officer, Monumental Sports & Entertainment. “In the past year, this has become even more necessary as we utilized digital tools to unlock contactless capabilities that helped keep fans safe. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Ticketmaster, working together to drive innovation as new opportunities emerge.” Ticketmaster provides Monumental Sports & Entertainment the industry leading tools needed to operate and adapt to the needs of games, concerts and other events inside their four venues. MSE in partnering with Ticketmaster embraced new mobile ticketing technologies and established practices that are now considered standard business across professional sports. Ticketmaster’s digital ticketing provides fans an easy, seamless experience across their ticket buying journey from the moment of purchase all the way through to entering the venue, including offering fans features like instant ticket delivery and transfer right from your mobile device. MSE continues to be a leader in developing new ways to utilize mobile tickets to enhance the fan experience through usage at concessions, parking, retail and special events. Additional highlights include Ticketmaster’s ‘Virtual Venue’ where fans can see a 3D view of every seat to “try before they buy,” and event technology that manages the flow of fans into the venue on game day to ensure a smooth, seamless entry. MSE will continue to utilize Ticketmaster data, in conjunction with its integration with LiveAnalytics to drive better segmentation and experience for fans. Ticketmaster will continue to focus on developing and integrating features that help enhance every step of the fan journey, allowing for increased connectivity for fans to personalize their experience before, during and after the game or show. “Ted Leonsis and the team at Monumental are exciting partners to work with because they’re always on the cutting-edge, adopting the latest technology,” said Kurt Schwartzkopf, Executive Vice President, Sports, Ticketmaster. “This aligns well with our desire to continually innovate the ticketing experience, and we look forward to continuing our work together.” The post Ticketmaster, Monumental Renew Ticketing Deal in Washington, D.C. appeared first on TicketNews .
Mark J. Perry, an economist and professor emeritus at the University of Michigan, published an Op-Ed in The Hill this week , calling on President Joe Biden to focus on Live Nation Entertainment as part of its efforts to battle monopolistic companies. The author, who is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, pulled no punches in his analysis of the entertainment giant, which is often accused of anti-competitive behavior. “The reality is that there are many things broken when it comes to live event ticketing,” Perry writes in his opening paragraph. “And it’s only going to get worse unless Washington lawmakers and regulators step in with a fix.” The fix, he argues, is for the president to include Live Nation and the live event ticketing industry in its efforts to promote competition in the American economy – announced in July . The argument is fairly simple – in the announcement of the executive order, Biden laments the fact that in more than 75% of U.S. industries, “a smaller number of large companies now control more of the business than they did 20 years ago.” This lack of competition drives up prices for consumers, and stifles innovation. The order already includes actions designed to help consumers in one facet of ticketing – for air travel – requiring “clear upfront disclosure of add-on fees” as well as rules regarding refunds. This article is not the first time Perry has argued that anti-trust efforts should be undertaken against the California-based Live Nation “monopoly”. He argued in favor of Congress passing the BOSS Act in February 2020, following the Department of Justice taking action over repeated violations of a 2010 consent decree in late 2019. In this new peice, Perry points out that Live Nation enjoys an estimated 70% market share in the United States, providing ticket distribution for some 80 percent of stadiums and arenas. It agreed to a the previously mentioned consent decree as a part of the 2010 approval of its Ticketmaster merger – notably undertaken by the previous Democrat-led presidential administration of Barack Obama, which featured Biden as its Vice President – but faced numerous allegations of violating that decree while ruthlessly growing its market share: “Live Nation remains capable of strong-arming venues with the threat of starving them and their fans of popular concerts,” he says. It’s not a theoretical concern. In a 2019 court filing, Justice Department officials said they had identified numerous instances where Live Nation threatened venues with making access to concerts a condition of a Ticketmaster deal, and other instances where Live Nation “retaliated against venues by withholding live entertainment events because the venue chose not to contract with Ticketmaster.” A settlement included a fine, the appointment of an independent monitor to investigate and report on Live Nation’s behavior, and a five-year extension to the merger consent agreement. Let’s face it; companies that abide by merger consent agreements do not suffer such consequences. These monopolistic concerns bleed into every aspect of the Live Nation business, Perry argues, including the deployment of proprietary technology designed to deter competition in resale marketplaces that have been re-branded as integral to the reopening of live events in the age of COVID. Holdbacks and “slow ticketing” practices are employed to obscure inventory and create a false sence of scarcity, using the lack of transparency and a public relations push blaming resale competition for its own engineering of inflated prices. “[Research shows that] it is common for 40 or 50 percent of tickets to be secretly held back for high-demand events, but then slowly dripped onto the market,” he says. “Meanwhile, consumers mistakenly believe the tickets were snatched up by scalpers when in fact the tickets never went on sale in the first place.” Perry concludes that until a robust federal legislation – such as the proposed BOSS Act – can be passed to help protect consumers beyond the patchwork of state legislation regarding anti-competitive behavior in the space, it would be a boon to consumers for Biden’s administration to crack down on ticketing as it exists today. “With live events back, Washington should not miss this opportunity to fix what is broken in live event ticketing.” The post Economist Calls on Biden Administration to Break Live Nation Monopoly appeared first on TicketNews .
Enrique Bunbury has announced a tour through the United States for 2022, celebrating 35 years (hence the title 35 AÑOS) of making music. The singer will play 16 dates in the run, which kicks off May 3, 2022 at Chicago’s Rosemont Theatre. Bunberry, who began his singing and songwriting career in 1986 as member of the Spanish rock band Héroes del Silencio, recently released his 11th studio album – “Curso de Levitación Intensivo” – in December 2020. Bunbury tickets go on sale for the general public beginning Friday, September 24. Citi card members have access to a presale that opened on Tuesday, September 21. Once underway, Bunbury – 35 AÑOS will tour through cities including Brooklyn, Atlanta, San Antonio, Los Angeles, San Jose, and Washington D.C. It wraps up at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California on June 6. More about Enrique Bunbury from the press release anouncing the 35 AÑOS tour dates : Enrique Bunbury started his singing and songwriting career in 1986, as a member of the legendary Spanish rock band Héroes del Silencio. The group was together for ten years, during which they recorded four studio albums that redefined Spanish rock. Héroes created their own signature style by combining national and international influences while touring Europe, Latin America and North America. With Héroes del Silencio, Bunbury worked two fundamental aspects which later helped him to define his solo career. The first was the mixture of influences without losing his Spanish-Latino identity and the second: his creative philosophy that recognizes change as an engine. Bunbury – 35 AÑOS TOUR DATES: Tue May 03 – Chicago, IL – Rosemont Theatre Fri May 06 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre Sun May 08 – Washington DC – Warner Theatre Tue May 10 – Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy Thu May 12 – Dallas, TX – Toyota Music Factory Sat May 14 – Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall Tue May 17 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre Sun May 22 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre Tue May 24 – San Diego, CA – The Magnolia Theatre Fri May 27 – Los Angeles, CA – YouTube Theater Sun May 29 – Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort* Tue May 31 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore Thu Jun 02 – San Jose, CA – San Jose Civic Sat Jun 04 – Las Vegas, NV – Chelsea Theatre at the Cosmopolitan Mon Jun 06 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues *Not a Live Nation Date The post Bunbury 35 AÑOS Tour Dates Announced for 2022 appeared first on TicketNews .
TickPick has announced that it has hired Matt Horton as vice president of data and analytics, bringing in the longtime Major League Baseball staffer to its New York-based ticket resale marketplace. Prior to this move, Horton spent over 14 years with the league’s central office, most recently serving as its senior director of data science. “After spending nearly my entire career with Major League Baseball, I’m excited to be able to take what I’ve learned working in the league office to the broader sports fanbase,” Horton said. “Having worked in sports for nearly 15 years, I can attest that TickPick has a reputation for being the only fan-first secondary ticket platform and I’m excited to join such a dynamic team.” While with MLB, Horton and his team worked on projects including data analysis designed to predict future purchasing behavior that was used to prioritize marketing decisions, modeling trends in attendance, and other data-centric efforts. At TickPick, Horton will be tasked with applying that experience to the data sets generated by the resale marketplace to optimize revenue generation and marketing efforts. “After meeting Matt, we knew he would have an immediate impact helping us gain better insights into our customer data,” TickPick Co-Founder and Co-CEO Chris O’Brien said. “This will ultimately help facilitate an even better fan experience.” Horton holds a bachelors degree in statistics from Tennessee and an MPS in applied statistics from Cornell. He will work out of Tick Pick’s New York offices. TickPick is a ticketing exchange that touts itself as a transparent and cost-effective version of the ticket resale retail model. It is one marketplace that offers an all-in pricing model, which has been identified by at least some as the next trend in ticket resale, rather than the hidden fee, drip-pricing model favored by some market leaders. The post TickPick Hires MLB Vet as VP of Data and Analytics appeared first on TicketNews .