Radiohead, Orbital sign up to anti-secondary ticketing Charter

From Music Week:

he Association of Independent Festivals has launched an anti-secondary ticketing charter that has been signed by more than 55 industry execs, artists, promoters and festivals.

Those who have signed up to the Charter have committed to certain processes to ‘protect fans’ until legislation is brought in to curb the secondary ticketing market. They pledge to be “be transparent with the pricing and distribution of tickets for events that we control”; commit to “adopting ticketing processes and technologies which ensure tickets reach the hands of real fans rather than touts”; “call on secondary ticket sellers to cease and desist selling tickets for events we control”; and “call on consumers to boycott ticket touts”.

The Charter comes after a Dispatches documentary in February, which showed promoters cordoning off primary tickets to sell at inflated prices on the secondary market through sites such as Viagogo.

Signatories of the AIF’s Charter include Radiohead, Orbital, Gotye, Portishead, the Coda Agency, Hospital Records, Ninja Tune, Wildlife Entertainment (manager of Artic Monkeys and Miles Kane) and WeGotTickets. Live events and festivals that have put their name to the Charter include Bearded Theory, Bestival, the Eden Sessions, Kendal Calling, Truck, Secret Garden Party and Green Man.

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