Dates for Radiohead’s UK Tour have not been announced yet. But the band will be partnering with the fan-to-fan orientated Ticket Trust to bypass scalpers.
As Billboard points out, Ticket Trust was established in 2011 by the U.K. Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) and U.K.-based merch and e-commerce company Sandbag to offer a secure ethical alternative to the thriving secondary ticket market. The independently run Trust, which has previously partnered with a number of U.K. festivals, including Secret Garden Party, Bestival and Creamfields, provides a platform for fans to buy and sell tickets at face value, plus a handling fee, capped at 10%, payable by the buyer.
This will all be set up through waste.uk.com, where Radiohead tickets are usually available. “Radiohead are fortunate enough to have a loyal and passionate fan base cultivated over many years,” says a statement from Radiohead’s managers, Chris Hufford and Bryce Edge of Courtyard Management.
“Their live shows are well anticipated and rightly create a tangible sense of excitement through innovative staging. In recent years however, the band’s enjoyment of their own shows has been marred by the knowledge that a great many of their fans have been obliged to pay well over face value for their tickets,” the statement continues. “Secondary ticketing is wrong on so many levels and as management, with ultimate responsibility for the welfare of the band, we must ensure that their fans are treated fairly. This is why we are happy to work with The Ticket Trust.”
Oh, and then this… ouch!