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TRIED TO BUY TICKETS TO SEE YOUR FAVOURITE ARTIST / BAND, PAID ABOVE FACE-VALUE – SECONDARY TICKETING RIPPING OFF FANS

TRIED TO BUY TICKETS TO SEE YOUR FAVOURITE ARTIST / BAND, PAID ABOVE FACE-VALUE – SECONDARY TICKETING RIPPING OFF FANS

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:

Primary

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jeremy Corbyn, chilled by atmosphere of Glastonbury Festival and give a good address

Jeremy Corbyn, chilled by atmosphere of Glastonbury Festival and give a good address

Glastonbury pyramid stage was Jeremy Corbyn’s for approximately 10 mins, so what happened, he kicked arse and was a different person.

This last election was something that really did not get my backing, reasoning behind it was there was no actually leader that stood out as a leader for the people of the United Kingdom. Back to the day of the vote “Jeremy Bernard Corbyn” would have not got it, based on his perfromance in the run up.

It is a shame to say that the majority of the elected Members of Parliament, dress up in their suits and dresses always come across as stuck up (head up their baksides), following the same agendas and instead of looking after the people they represent. They seem to be more interested in their own interests or personnel agendas of creating their wealth and supporting people in the top bracket of society.

However, Jeremy Corbyn, who will now be refer to as JBC, as a point of respect. Sorry cant use JC as there is only one JC and unfortunately JBC is not that person.

He may not do things as people feel he should and would expect from a potential leader i.e. bow to his boss, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

Having been a critic of JBC, as a lot of people have, will say ok not bad

After this address to the people of Glastonbury festival, he has gone up in the estimations. He is his own person, which has shined through today, while addressing the people at the Glastonbury festival standing there in his white trousers and blue shirt, he actually came across as a bit of a hippy.

JBC seemed to be chilled and in a comfort place, would have liked him to have thrown away his notes and talked from his heart a little more. However, what a good address that touched a lot of valid points that a majority of world leaders would not make, especially concerning Donal Trump

It must been a few things that brought the good out of him today, atmosphere of music, Michael Eavis giving him direction, mingling with the creative artists / performers backstageand people spreading their love. This must have caught on, maybe he had a sneaky draw on a roll up of skunk or a few beers. Whatever it was, it done the trick, he has ticked a lot of boxes today with people who have put him down. He would get my vote if he could continue to be this person that has come over today on the pyramid stage.

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He makes a final appeal to equality, and an end to the division in wealth and poverty. “We’re doing things differently, we’re doing things better!” He says he finds the “unlocking of potential” is inspirational.

He quotes Percy Bysshe Shelley and he spoke sense “Let us be together and recognise another world is possible, if we come together to… achieve a decent, better society where everybody matters.”

Well done JBC or Jez you done well, just need to stop being stiff and be yourself, now in the future…..

Stop being the idiot, stuck up and trying to score points on the opposition, be yourself and just enjoy the ride. But more than everything be yourself…..

SAUDI ARABIA LEAD COALISTION BULLYING QATAR

SAUDI ARABIA LEAD COALISTION BULLYING QATAR

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.