Attention ticket touts! Superstar Prince has taken, what can only be seen as, a one-man stand against secondary ticketing. Last Friday, Nov 3th, tickets for his upcoming Piano & a Microphone tour were due to go on sale at 10am, but with less than an hour to go, the ticketing agency, Ticketmaster, announced a postponement.
Since Friday,The Purple One’s Twitter account has been inundated with references to online ticket purchasing, and secondary ticketing, whereby tickets that have been bought can be officially re-sold.
His tweets began with a picture of a vulture, captioned: “A. Scavenger B. Vulture C. Tout D. All of the above.”
Prince then followed up with a tweet directing fans and followers to this week’s report from Which?, the magazine of the Consumers’ Association, in which the secondary ticketing market was investigated.
The damning report found that concert tickets were appearing on resale sites before they were officially released to the public, as well as on primary and secondary sites. The Which report also noted, that resale restrictions were totally ignored by secondary sites.
Knowing that the ticket price will inevitably rise on resale sites, Prince – or his representative – tweeted: “Cheaper to fly to MPLS [Minneapolis] get accommodation & go to a Paisley Park show. Better overall experience, too.”
It’s about time someone took a stand, nice one Prince!
Prince will play:
Friday 27 November – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall – shows at 5pm + 9pm.
Sunday 29 November – London Theatre Royal Drury Lane – shows at 3pm + 7pm .
Tuesday 1 December – Birmingham Symphony Hall – shows at 5pm + 9pm.