Peter Aiken’s comments on need for ticket touting legislation ‘welcome’ – Quinlivan
Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan has welcomed Mr Peter Aiken’s comments on the need for the regulation of ticket re-selling in Ireland.
Mr Aiken, of Aiken Promotions, one of the country’s biggest music promoters, has spoken out against the use of secondary ticket selling websites, such as Seatwave and Getmein.com.
Speaking to the Irish Times, he said that many of those selling on these secondary sites do not need to prove they actually have tickets, and so many people face being ripped off and left very disappointed.
Deputy Quinlivan has welcomed his comments, saying the need to address this issue is immediate;
“Ticket touting has escalated in recent years. With advances in technology, the practice has grown from traditional touts selling counterfeit, cancelled or extortionately priced tickets outside venues, to online sites, in the grey of regulation. These events are designed to give fans of music and sport the opportunity to see their heroes live, and should be a positive experience all round, but the abuse of ticket reselling is reflecting badly on the industry.
“Each time tickets go on sale for a concert or sporting event, it is followed by a news report that outlines how the tickets sold out in minutes and are immediately reselling online at extortionate prices.
“Despite people’s best efforts in queuing and arranging to buy tickets online the morning of a sale, most have no chance as a result of the misuse of the system by secondary resellers.
“The reselling of tickets is not benefitting the public, the music artists, or sports teams involved and is tarnishing the experience for many. My proposed Sale of Tickets (Sporting and Cultural Events) Bill 2017, aims to address these issues and give everyone a fair opportunity to buy tickets to these events.
“My Bill will allow consumers who buy tickets in good faith, only to discover that they cannot attend the event, to dispose of their tickets allowing up to a 10% profit margin. It would also have the effect of disincentivising ticket touts by means of substantial fines.
“This practice has gone on for too long, and is making what should be an enjoyable experience for people into a nightmare trying to obtain reasonably priced legitimate tickets. Genuine music and sporting fans are the biggest losers here.
“I would also encourage those attending the Ed Sheeran concerts this week, who bought tickets from secondary sources, to check their tickets in advance to avoid possible disappointment at the door.”