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Over the weekend had a joy of sitting with an individual who is on a mission to bring change to the LIVE Entertainment Industry. He has made it his mission to bring change to the sector called “Secondary Ticketing”. His insight into the problem was remarkable, considering he is not from the music or live entertainment industry. He was drawn to the industry after watching a televised parliamentary debate in December 2016.

This individual was introduced to me by a close friend, who thought I would be interested in meeting a potential future figure. Who wants to bring change to the music industry (Live Entertainment Industry) and had other ideas for business growth and is view of the world was different to many. This business was looking to disrupt was a major problem faced by many people across the globe and it was worth billions. He had came up with a business model to bring change after watching a Parliamentary Debate and was not even from the Music Industry.

My friend actually sold this guy and I had to have a meeting to learn more.

Yes, on hearing this, I thought this guy was a bit of a nerd or had no life to be watching parliamentary debates. How wrong one could be, as this individual was far from this fact. Once, I got to meet him in person.

We met for a coffee and he bought me a breakfast, not bad as he was willing to put his hand in his pocket. He introduced himself and we just had a general chat.

Of course, I had a quick look at the information available across the worldwide web regarding this topic of secondary ticketing before meeting up and was flabbergasted, how big this problem was and how hard it was for a person to acquire a ticket to see the likes of Ed Sheeran or top flight star. If this individual is saying he could bring change, then a chat is a must.

Once, we got down to talking about the problem and solutions to bring change to the secondary ticketing, there was no stopping him. It was evident that he was passionate about this topic and had undertaken an in-depth review. This enabled him to establish solutions to bring an end or control the secondary ticketing.

It seemed the Ticketing of many events were broken down into two element and not a matter of one designated selling route or one sector. The selling routes were used as prescribed as follows:


Ticketing agent licenced / contracted by the venue, promoter or artist to issue and manage initial ticketing, pre-sales and allocations. They release the Public Allocation via their ticketing platform


Third-party ticketing companies, brokers, allocated ticket-holders given tickets through their relationship and contractual agreements. To release or sale via their sales platform.

It was evident that the “Secondary Ticketing” was a term used openly, as indicated there are platforms / websites available to enable the secondary ticketing holders to sell their tickets via “TICKET Exchanges” known as VIAGOGO, GETMEIN, SEATWAVE, STUBHUB, TWICKETS etc. These sites make their monies via service and delivery charges they place on the seller or buyer for re-selling their ticket and there is no law prevent individuals selling their tickets.

Biggest surprise was the majority of the tickets to an event were placed in allotments and allocated to different routes (sell). During the meeting a Taylor Swift concert was used as an example, concert capacity 13,900, there were only 1,900 tickets allocated to Public General Sale. It was estimated the 12,000 tickets allocated to sponsors, venue, artist, promotion, management team, media and industry persons etc. Which usually ended up on Ticketing Exchanges.

Tickets allocated to general public were sold out within one minute of release on the Primary Ticketing Agent website. While there were tickets available on the “Ticket Exchanges” with a price increase averaging by 200% of more, in some circumstanes tickets have been x20 face-value.


It was pointed out that tickets have been sold out within seconds of being released on sale and this only indicates technology built into the worldwide web known as BOTS are being used, no ticket allocation for general sale or inside trading within the ticketing company. As it takes a majority of humans approximately 5 – 10 mins to complete the buying process on a majority of the primary ticketing sites.

Although these practises are unethical, it was evident that they are accepted by many in the music industry. Although they did not like the practises of ripping off their fans, they would not take any actions other than speak out from time to time. The main reason for the industry not actually taking action was they either could not or would not, as it would potentially bring financial difficulty. The majority of artists / bands rely upon the revenues produced by Live Entertainment as their mainstream income.


This sector is controlled by the Promoters / Venue Owners / Ticketing and the term “Never bit the hand that feeds you” comes into play or rings true. There are monopolies formed within the music industry and secondary ticketing generates £1billion in UK alone. The monopolies support the secondary ticketing market and have business established to sell on their own ticket exchanges or others.

As we spoke, it become evident this point was an area that frustration, as it was indicated that having sat with many organisations working in the Music Industry and had been developed to bring change to this secondary ticketing. Were found to be reluctant to take action or support any business offering to bring change.

An organisation formed by artist management and industry insiders had a vision to bring change to the secondary ticketing market and challenge the leading promoters and ticketing organisation.

However, they stopped short of bringing any direct change or action and established a ticketing exchange of their own that enabled individuals to sell / buy tickets at face-price value or below. At a charge of 10% service charge, which just indicates their reluctance to bring change. They continue to pressure the UK Government to introduce legislation to eradicate the ticketing problem but did not want to be seen as rocking the boat.

Another frustration which become evident and highlighted during our chat was the term “TOUT”, it was said the term that the industry used openly and overused to deflect what was really happening in the industry. Any person selling a ticket and making a profit could be termed as a tout. Even the ticket exchange are touting tickets, as they are making money from a sale. Touts are seen and being perceived as the “EVIL” of the ticketing business. However, it is used as deflect, what is really going on. At the moment the only source of getting a ticket to an event is through a tout and this is because the primary ticketing agent cannot manage the ticketing system adequately.


It was evident that during our chat that “Touts” were not seen as the problem and had a better understanding of the problems of the industry and what was really happening and was another way of the industry to deflect the consumer from what is really happening.


Live entertainment industry across the globe is controlled by a select few within the industry, they have been allowed to grow and develop a monopoly, which they use to control the industry.

They have managed to prevent artist / bands from breaking away and trying to tour without them. There has been books and articles wrote about the problem, for example Dean Budnick & Josh Baron wrote a book – TICKET MASTERS – THE RISE OF THE CONCERT INDUSTRY AND HOW THE PUBLIC GOT SCALPED

This book, I have been told will give everyone an insight into the business and was part of the research process.

The meeting give me a great insight into the Live Entertainment Industry and how it can be changed if the industry wanted it changed.

Having reviewed the strategy and an overview of the business concept, change will come and a concert goers experience enhanced.

Wish to thank @CSfairmusic for taking time out and giving me an overview, change is due and would recommend any readers to  share and follow Twitter: @CSfairmusic

Who is trying to bring change and fight for transperancy and FANS of Live Music.

Us & Them (USA v RUSSIA) – when is the propaganda going to stop

Us & Them (USA v RUSSIA) – when is the propaganda going to stop

Cold war was supposed to have dissolved on the 26th December 1991, but US continued propaganda would have you think otherwise. United States (US) Senior officials stating that Russia are just meddling in US and global politics.

There is no bigger meddlers than the United States in today’s world. These senior authorities in the US continue to slander and spread propaganda that has no substantial evidence.

However, there vast amount of evidence pointing towards the US meddling in Politics and other Sovereign States outside their jurisdiction around the globe and continuation of supporting or starting conflicts.

Unfortunately, 9/11 was caused by the US to enable their foreign policy to by extend across the globe. It is well known that US and Saudi Arabia Governments backed and supported the militant groups to fight Russia in the early 1980’s. They were very similar as the militant groups being trained and supported in the US illegal war against the Sovereign State of Syria today. ISIS, ISIL & Al Qaida all described by the US as extremist terrorist groups were decedents of the Taliban, who fought the Russian occupation in Afghanistan. They were supported and trained by America Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as directed by the President of America. But today they are know as terrorists and are the main reason for the “War on Terror”.


Following 9/11, President of America lead a war on terror and invaded Afghanistan. This was predominately to fight the new terrorist organisation, who had removed the Russian occupation. Taliban setup the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in September 1996 this regime ended on December 9, 2001, after being ousted by the Northern Alliance, which had been bolstered by a US-led invasion  to take the Taliban out of power and hunt for the so called perpetrator that they once trained and backed to fight Russia occupation, known as Osama Bin Laden. pictured on right.


Following the invasion of Afghanistan, in 2003 the US and Coalition turned their attention towards the Sovereign State of Iraq and leader Saddam Hussein. They indicated that the Iraqi leader was developing weapons of mass destruction and produced evidence that was unsubstantiated after the invasion and killing of the leader (Saddam Hussein). However, this invasion did not actually face any resistant as it did in the previous gulf war. As the Iraqi senior members of the home-guard forces and Hussein family members were removed from the country prior to the invasion and situated in other part of the world by other Middle East assistance.

Why did the US invade Iraq, well it was not weapons of mass destruction as they indicate, unfortunately it was because the Iraqi leader was intending to trade oil for euros, which was not in the interest of the US.


Following the invasion of Iraq, coalition forces in the Afghanistan start to move to undertake different objectives. It become evident that the US Government were strategically more occupied with Iran, while the British Forces fought in the Helmand Provence.

While the US boost the protection capabilities of its Gulf allies by upgrade defence possibilities in the region and introducing missile systems in the northern part of UAE (Sharjah) and Bahrain directly opposite Iran. This surrounding Iran, all this movement was ready in the event of a future alia of US starting a conflict with Iran enabling the US to provide the necessary support.


Unfortunately,  on the 17 December 2010  an uprising started in Tunisian effect spread strongly to five other countries: Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Syria and Iraq where either the regime was toppled or major uprisings and social violence occurred, including civil wars or insurgencies. Other Middle Eastern countries suffered demonstrations and minor protests this become known as the Arab Spring. Key area that was a concern to the US Government was the Egyptian upraising against its Government, which was supported by the US. However, this uprising of the people was strong and the people elected a new government from the “Muslim Brotherhood” who opposed the US Foreign Policy. This uprising shifted to other Middle Eastern Sovereign States including the oil rich Libya and Syria.

The US Government seen this as a double ended sword that had a negative and positive side for the US future plans. It quickly become evident that the potential for a alia to start a conflict with Iran would not happen as the US Government lost a key support, Egypt which was a negative.


The positive was they had an opportunity to remove the Libya leader Col. Gaddafi (pic. left) from power. On the 21st March 2011 a multinational coalition lead by NATO backed and supported the rebel militants against the Libyan leader and government. This was done in the name of humanity, however, the true reason for the removal was again the Libyan leader was insisting on trading oil with gold instead of the petrodollar.

While the Libyan conflict was ongoing a conflict was waging between the people of Syria and it government, which started on the 15th March 2011. This conflict continued with NATO coalition watching from a distance and more concerned with withdrawing their forces from commitments in Afghanistan 2014 and Iraq 18th December 2011.

The western world was not interested in the conflict and continued to stay out of it until people of the western world and humanity groups raised concerns of innocent people suffering and they intervened in June 2015 (4 years later) with NATO Coalition and started airstrikes and supporting militant forces against the (ISIS & ISIL) terrorist groups and Syrian Government. While Iran and Hezbollah intervened in 2013 and supported the Syria Government fight against terrorist groups.

Russia intervened in Syria conflict on 30th September 2015 and coordinated between Iran, Iraq and Syria operations against Islamic State . Unfortunately, Syria had nothing that was of an interest and did not fit the US Foreign Policy, hence why the intervention did not happen until 4 years after the start of the war.

Unfortunately, today 28th June 2017 NATO Coalition and US are still arming militant groups. US have successfully engaged on Syrian Government forces ground troops, aircraft and drones. US have indicated the Syrian Government have used and intend chemical weapons on the people of Syria, with no evidence. However, the US have openly undertaken airstrikes on the people of Syria and used chemical weapons i.e. Phosphate on the people of Syria

Now if this is not meddling, what is. The biggest meddler is US Government they continued meddle with other sovereign states, it backed the conflict in Yemen lead by Saudi Arabia who supports Hadi Government.


The Yemen and its people today 28th June 2017, face the worlds worst outbreak cholera. While in a neighbouring country, Qatar is in potential troubled waters with Saudi Arabian lead coalition, which is backed by the US for talk to Iran and it is alleged that the Qatar Government is supporting extremist terrorist groups.

This continued pointing of the finger at Russia and accusations meddling is absurd, considering there is no evidence, while there is a vast amount of evidence of the US Government meddling openly over the last 17 years and still continuing openly today.

Today, reports coming out of the White House stating that the Syrian Government intends to use chemical weapons, however there is no substantial evidence. Remember the US Government used phosphate during their bombing campaign, which is against Geneva Convention.

If this is not enough meddling then there is the IT Viruses which have targeted organisations on a global scale in the last three weeks. The electronic virus was developed as an electronic weapon by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and made available on the worldwide web for hackers to use. It would be no surprise, if these viruses were not released by hackers being paid by the US Government to spread more propaganda.

Again fingers are pointed to Russia and propaganda machine continues from the US Government and insistences of Russia hacking governments across the globe IT Systems.

Why does US attack Russia and a handful of countries in the world. It is because they do not bend over to the tune of the US Government. These are major superpower that are seen as a rose thorn in the side of the US Government, these governments do not agree as with the US Government intentions concerning their foreign policy.

People across the globe need to wake up to the games that the US Government continuities to undertake by releasing electronic weapons (IT Viruses). That have been developed under the NSA and distributed onto the World Wide Web.

  • US Government continue to fight illegal wars in the name of terror and support militant groups to fight sovereign states.
  • The continuation of printing fiat currency, along with trying to control and manipulating the commodity markets. Which is increasing austerity across the globe
  • Spreading propaganda across the multimedia platforms indicating that Russia is meddling in the politics of other countries by continue hacking.

A lot of people in the world and the US Government would insisted that they are innocent. Anyone speaking out or finger pointing in their direction would be  and argued down with and indications would be made towards conspiracy theory.

If the Russian Government wanted to hack or meddle with any sovereign states government they would be able to do it without any problems, as they have the technology and knowledge from the cold war. Remember Russia is a superpower who actually were very active and probably the leaders in the cold war operations regards infiltration and disruption.

The worse part here is the United Kingdom senior members of government making warnings on the global stage regards the use of chemical weapons and continued IT Threats, with no substantial evidence. Does this sound familiar, the UK Government making warnings that could lead to military action without any substantial evidence. This is what happened when we supported the US and the invasion in to Iraq.

UK Government represents the UK People they should not be making threats without the relevant evidence that has not been proven. People of the UK have had enough of the continued austerity, terror threats and incidents, which the government has been slow on uptake. This continue backing and playing puppet behind the US Government has to stop, if it does not your actions will lead to another potential WORLD WAR, which will be a technology war and have implications that could not be comprehended.

We have followed and supported the US Government into illegal wars / conflicts and supported militants who get used for the cause at the time and then turned into our enemies.

Please stop and think about your people.



Qatar have continued to receive more pressure from Saudi Arabia Coalition group, consisting of UAE, Egypt & Bahrain on top of the already forced embargos.

It has been stated that they have been given thirteen demands that the Saudi Arabian Coalition (SAC) wish them to meet. When you actually read the demands, it becomes evident that the SAC is trying to flex its muscle and take control of its neighbouring sovereign state of Qatar through bully tactics.

They demands are actually are contradictive to say the least. They indicate that the Sovereign State is funding and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic Terrorist organisations. They wish to take Al Jazeera News Channel out of service as it is seen as a platform for the brotherhood to raise their voice. In addition, they do not want Turkey to be based in the region and want the Sovereign State to stop talking to its neighbour state Iran.

If you take all this into consideration with the ongoing issues in the Middle East and have spent time in the regions. Then it would become no surprise to hear and is evident that every one of the countries in the region support the Islamic extremist groups one way or another. Saudi Arabia with the support of the Americans have been supporting the extremist groups for years, they actually brought the extremist groups to the world stage and give them the voice in the first place.

If you have every visited the UAE, then you would know that this is SIN City of the Islamic world, it is a bit like Ibiza on steroids. If they had an opportunity to build casinos they would, however, that would be step to far. Ask the question, how does this country get away with braking every code that extremists despise and is based on the western world values. A majority of the Saudi people, who are governed by strict laws based on the faith use UAE as their paradise to go and drink and fornicate. They have never been targeted by any extremist groups, why is this, could funding have a part to play or protection.

Again the construction of the UAE, especially Dubai was fuelled by the people of the neighbour across the water known as Iran, as well as the Russians. They brought their monies into the UAE and there has been a lot of trade done in the past and probably continuing today with Iran, nothing has been said. So, this coalition need to stop flexing their muscles.

The only thing that is evident here, is Qatar has been open with its views and actually not hiding behind smoke and mirrors as the SAC continue to do.

Out of all the countries surrounding Saudi Arabia, the only country that could probably continue without any financial assistance from Saudi Arabia is Qatar, all the other countries that have took the side of Saudi Arabia need some sort of financial insurance and need to stay close and not speak out.

Unfortunately, Qatar is being lead and growing under the current Emir (Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani) and his family. They continue to grow and could become a new global power in the Middle East that the Saudi Arabia does not desire, they have started to set their own policies for growth of their nation and people. They have not supressed their women or inflicted heartache on their people of Qatar.

Remember, Al Saud Family was brought to power by an Islamic Scholar and the doctored Islamic faith of Wahhabism, they aim to continue the domination of the Middle East and cannot be seen having a neighbouring sovereign state speaking out and stepping out of their rules.

The demands they have put across and a ten day ultimatum to act, is absurd to say the least. Reading the demands actually just emphasises that Saudi Arabia wants control over its neighbouring sovereign state and wants to control the media in the region to ensure the people continue to follow their rules.

Now let’s be honest, a majority of the countries around the globe are guilty of financing the extremist groups around the world. Actually, the Syria conflict, the US & Alliances must be still supporting the extremist groups, who form the rebel forces fighting the Sovereign State forces in Syria, as US is still supplying arms to the rebel forces.

The 13 demands in full

  1. Curb diplomatic ties with Iran and close its diplomatic missions there. Expel members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and cut off any joint military cooperation with Iran. Only trade and commerce with Iran that complies with US and international sanctions will be permitted. Iran have been locked out of the global trade for many years by the US Sanctions. However, everyone is trading with them one way or another behind closed doors. Let’s support diplomatic talks and paving ways forward for a better world and open up trade
  2. Sever all ties to “terrorist organisations”, specifically the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State, al-Qaida and Lebanon’s Hezbollah. Formally declare those entities as terrorist groups. These so-called terrorist organisations, were breed and formed by the Saudi Arabia Ruling family, who are the terrorist groups, if there are possibilities to bring an end to these continued wars then let someone take the lead. Remember the Saudi Arabian, UAE and other regions see them as a threat to their power and wealth, as it ideologically opposes hereditary rule. Unfortunately, these so called royal families in the middle east were leading families in the geographical area and appointed many years ago as head governs
  3. Shut down al-Jazeera and its affiliate stations. WHY, because they give the clear view of what is really going on in the world and not the propaganda that Saudi Arabia wants to spread, because they oppose the policies of the Saudi Arabian Government
  4. Shut down news outlets that Qatar funds, directly and indirectly, including Arabi21, Rassd, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed and Middle East Eye. Again why, they are a news channel that are regulated and freedom of information should be supported and encouraged.
  5. Immediately terminate the Turkish military presence in Qatar and end any joint military cooperation with Turkey inside Qatar. Turkey are a member of NATO, there should be more cooperation with defence forces, it poses no threat as they are in an alliance with NATO Forces
  6. Stop all means of funding for individuals, groups or organisations that have been designated as terrorists by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, the US and other countries. Who are the designated terrorists, they are continued to be funded by the stated countries, and it is known fact that nobody actually knows, which group is supported by who.
  7. Hand over “terrorist figures” and wanted individuals from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain to their countries of origin. Freeze their assets, and provide any desired information about their residency, movements and finances. What evidence is there on the individuals implicating that they are terrorists. Just because a country states they are a terrorist does not make them a terrorist. What is the evidence and case to freeze assets and deport, this was done during the invasion of Iraq & Afghanistan. Thousands were flown to Guantánamo Bay as terrorist and released as no evidence.
  8. End interference in sovereign countries’ internal affairs. Stop granting citizenship to wanted nationals from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain. Revoke Qatari citizenship for existing nationals where such citizenship violates those countries’ laws. If citizens are fleeing their mother countries and seeking asylum in another country then reason must be asked why. This is contradictive to say the least, as all the neighbouring countries mentioned have interfered with the sovereign state of Qatar
  9. Stop all contacts with the political opposition in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain. Hand over all files detailing Qatar’s prior contacts with and support for those opposition groups. This just indicates that the Sovereign State Leaders are concerned that their potential powers are in the balance as people they represent are unhappy with their continued reign and there are opposition willing to speak out and challenge the continued leadership. Continued talks should be encouraged with the political opposition, as it would assist and encourage the leaders to change their ways for the better of their people they represent
  10. Pay reparations and compensation for loss of life and other, financial losses caused by Qatar’s policies in recent years. The sum will be determined in coordination with Qatar. This seems to be just a cheeky demand, considering the loss caused by Saudi Arabia & America Polices since 1944 and use of the extremist groups in 1981 in Afghanistan
  11. Consent to monthly audits for the first year after agreeing to the demands, then once per quarter during the second year. For the following 10 years, Qatar would be monitored annually for compliance.
  12. Align itself with the other Gulf and Arab countries militarily, politically, socially and economically, as well as on economic matters, in line with an agreement reached with Saudi Arabia in 2014.
  13. Agree to all the demands within 10 days of it being submitted to Qatar, or the list becomes invalid.

Item 11 & 12 is ridiculous the Sovereign State of Qatar, has done nothing different to any other state in the Middle East or across the globe. A country should be run for the best of its people, if the policies of neighbouring countries are not acceptable then a country should not be bullied into submission. It seems that the policies agreed in 2014 was to the benefit of one country in the Middle East, times change and policies change. Unfortunately, if a country is growing and establishing policies to better its people and they do not align with the agreements then they should be punished but the other countries. If they take the lead then the other countries should sit and learn from them and work with them.

US President Donald Trump has openly stated the US is neutral, let’s be honest here, he is playing games and stoking the fire from behind the scene. His loyalty is towards Saudi Arabia camp.

The biggest funder for the terrorists, unfortunately has been Saudi Arabia and US, tens of billions has been spent on the doctrine of Islam known as Wahhabism by Saudi Arabian Royal Family. Which is not the true word of Prophet Muhammad as passed down by Allāh.

Then you have the US supplying rebel forces weapons in the conflict in Syria as they did in the other conflicts, which end up being used to kill their own and allied forces troops.

It seems there is a big brother syndrome in place here, this could be escalated and this term “War on Terrorism” & “Terrorist” is used to bring people and countries inline needs to stop. It is bullying, no wonder the only leaders not really bending over to these continued tactics is Russia and China, who need to step in and support Qatar. If you do not bend to the Policies of the United States or Saudi Arabia, it seems the Western World will all come against you. Unfortunately, no difference to the tactics bullies participate in the school play yard.

Maybe time for the new elected Saudi Arabian Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to actually sit with the Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and talk about the future. As Saudi Arabia has a young population and will need to develop the country for them, unfortunately change is on the cards for the region but this bully tactics is not the way forward.