Robbie Williams management ‘put tickets on resale site’
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Well this is about as naughty as it gets in the world of ticket flogging: Robbie Williams‘ management has been accused of placing his tickets onto resale websites for higher prices.
BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme reports that Robbie‘s management team, ie:music, has been putting tickets for his tour on resale sites Get Me In and Seatwave, which are owned by Ticketmaster.
The tickets are selling for as much as £65 more, before fees, than a similar ticket on Ticketmaster according to the BBC.
For example, tickets on Ticketmaster for seats on level one, block 126 for Robbie’s gig at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on Friday, June 2 were priced at £95 before fees.
On Get Me In, tickets for seats on level one, block 125 at the same show were priced at £160 before fees.
Ticketmaster said in a statement: “Platinum tickets are a very small percentage of the best seats in the house that are priced according to demand, in consultation with our clients, the event organisers.
“The UK live events industry has been successfully using platinum for many years so that the full value of these tickets goes back to the rights holders and not to resellers.”
ie:music has not responded to requests for a statement.
Ironically, Robbie’s management company previously signed a petition calling on the government to take stronger action against resale sites.
The petition read: “We as artist, managers and agents deplore the increasing industrial-scale abuse and insider exploitation of tickets for music, arts and sports events by ticket touts, and their online associates and facilitators.