Music industry calls for greater secondary ticketing transparency

Live MusicMusic industry representatives including the Featured Artist Coalition (FAC) and Bestival’s Rob Da Bank have signed an open letter supporting legislation calling for greater transparency in secondary ticketing.

More than 80 organisations and representatives have signed the open letter to the government, organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Ticket Abuse.

The group criticised the authorities for attempting to block the proposed amendments to the Consumer Rights Bill in the House of Lords in November 2014.

The bill is to be debated in the House of Commons today (Monday 12 January). If passed, the amendment will provide ticket buyers with more information on the identity of a seller, the original ticket price, booking reference and any terms and conditions.

Sharon Hodgson MP, Labour co-chair of the APPG on Ticket Abuse, said: ‘This letter shows the real consensus in the live event industry that action needs to be taken to better protect consumers from the worst effects of touting, as well as the real frustration that the government refuse to take that action.

‘Ministers need to take this opportunity to put fans first, and to finally clean up a murky market.’

Other signatories included bands such as Gallows and Bullet For My Valentine as well as representatives from UK Music and the Association of Independent Music.

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