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Radiohead bypass scalpers for UK Tour, Partner with Ticket Trust

Radiohead bypass scalpers for UK Tour, Partner with Ticket Trust

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!

10 Comments

  • But are they going to continue the practice into America?

    • The Ticket Trust is a UK-based organisation but I notice they have the Nimes dates listed on their site (currently no tickets available though) so it’s not inconceivable they might handle US tickets. Or maybe there is a similar service in the US that you havn’t heard about?

  • [...] “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”. (ateaseweb.com) [...]

  • [...] AtEase, Billboard.biz This entry was written by italox, posted on 01.03.2012 at 08:25, and filed under [...]

  • [...] have teamed up with Ticket Trust to buy and sell tickets at face value to other fans in the UK (via At Ease). Ticket Trust is a relatively new service, set up last year to allow the reselling of tickets from [...]

  • Give me a fucking break. You must be having a laugh, eh? How many true fans got tickets to the Santa Barbara show? Most of us who stayed up all night long in hopes of buying 1 or 2 tickets ended up with absolutely nothing.

    • So they’re doing something to try and stop scalpers and your pissed off about it? Makes sense…

    • Yeah, right. Their attempt to stop scalpers backfired when tickets went on sale for SB. How do you explain so many atease fans ending up empty-handed, while countless ebay and craigslist offers of at least $500 a ticket appeared immediately afterwards? It’s disgusting. I have never had trouble in the past purchasing through the band’s website, but this time I have nothing. I can’t see how they are “doing something to stop scalpers.”

    • It;s called Ticketmaster – or shall I say “TicketBastard”.

  • Yep. I call BS. Fans here in LA can either buy a $300 ticket to Coachella or pay $300 – $500 for “secondary market” tickets to The SB Bowl? Not that we haven’t had our share of shows in LA, but this go ’round the average fan had no shot at an SB ticket and there are literally 100′s of them available on the “secondary market” as evidenced by any of the scalper websites.

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