Songkick “will bow to pressure from Live Nation and Ticketmaster and complete the shutdown of all ticketing operations,“ its founder said in a statement. Facebook is now also officially scanning Bandsintown for concert listings.
Last Friday, we read about the horrible ordeal Italian band Soviet Soviet went through while trying to enter the United States to play SXSW and some other shows. NPR looked more closely at the issue to find answers…
“The reasons for these closures—the rising real estate prices, zoning pressures, increasing operating costs and financial risks, noise complaints, and licensing problems that small venue owners face—are, if anything, more acute and more worrisome today.”
“The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group will be able to fully capture the value of millennials and music, and continue to strengthen its leadership position in this critical arena.” – Media Group co-president John Amato.
The Better Online Ticket Sales Act, whose acronym is cleverly BOTS, and will “prohibit the circumvention of control measures used by Internet ticket sellers to ensure equitable consumer access to tickets for certain events.”
“A little patience and a whole lot less wild and unsubstantiated speculation is what we need right now. CMJ will continue as an innovative force and a strong presence going forward. We’ll share more about our 2016 and 2017 program soon.” — CMJ CEO Adam Klein
If HBO’s tone-deaf series Vinyl left you cold but wanting to learn more about the NYC music scene of the ’70s, you may want to keep an eye out for new documentary Danny Says which is about legendary music biz figure Danny Fields, who helped the careers of The Ramones, Iggy Pop, The Doors, The Velvet Underground, MC5 and more.
If you’ve thought Ticketmaster’s wide array of service fees and handling charges have been exorbitant over the years, you are not alone. A $400 million class-action lawsuit that dates back to 1999 was settled last month, and Ticketmaster is compensating its customers in the form of free tickets.