FAC United Against Touts

In a major stand against secondary ticketing, the entire board of the UK’s Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), have pledged their support of the Fair Ticketing Charter.

 

Created by the UK’s Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) in a move to keep festival tickets at affordable prices, the charter is being adopted by those across the live industry who wish to take a stand against damaging profiteering rife across the secondary ticketing market.

 

The following FAC board members have signed up and are in the process of inviting others to follow their lead:

 

Sandie Shaw

Nick Mason (Pink Floyd)

Mark Kelly (Marillion)

Hal Ritson (The Young Punx)

Crispin Hunt

Annie Lennox

Rumer

Lucy Pullin  (The Fire Escapes)

Chris Difford (Squeeze)

Howard Jones

Fran Healy (Travis)

Dave Rowntree (Blur)

Kate Nash

Master Shortie

 

 

They join previous artists, promoters and festivals signatories including Radiohead, Bestival, Orbital and Secret Garden Party, bringing the total number to nearly 90. The charter, detailed below, sets out a position demands secondary ticket sellers cease selling tickets for signatory’s events,

 

Exposed Channel 4’s Dispatches, the secondary ticketing market has been attempting to cloak and legitimise touting, while undermining much of the live sector’s attempts to offer quality entertainment at reasonable prices.

 

“It is time the music business stands united on this issue and this huge statement from FAC is a massive boost to the millions of music fans out there who are being misled by many promoters from around the world,” AIF co-founder and vice chair, Ben Turner, said. 

 

The Fair Ticketing Charter

 

We the undersigned believe that the growth of ticket-touting online – so-called ‘secondary ticketing’ – is bad for fans and bad for live entertainment.

 

  • Ticket touting means real fans are deprived of the opportunity to attend events and see artists they love while speculators cash in.
  • We believe there are strong arguments for legislation to curb the activities of unofficial ticket-sellers.
  • Until such legislation is enacted we believe the entire Live Entertainment Industry should further increase its efforts to protect fans.
  • We affirm that we will be transparent with the pricing and distribution of tickets for events that we control.
  • We restate our commitment to adopting ticketing processes and technologies which ensure tickets reach the hands of real fans rather than touts.
  • We call on secondary ticket sellers to cease and desist selling tickets for events we control.
  • We call on consumers to boycott ticket touts.

 

 

General Industry Signatories:

13 Artists

A Greener Festival

Association of Independent Festivals

Association of Festival Organisers

Bristol Ticket Shop

Chambers Management (promoter of comedy talent and mgr. of Jimmy Carr, Frankie Boyle and Jack Whitehall)

Coda Agency

Crowd Surge

Dawson Breed Music

eFestivals

Festaxis

Festival UK

Free Trade Agency

Gotye

Graphite Media

Hospital Records

ID&C

John Fairs

JCF Management

Name PR

Ninja Tune

Orbital

Portishead

Radiohead

Rob da Bank

Sandbag

Skiddle

Sunday Best Recordings

Value Added Talent

Wikifestivals

Wildlife Entertainment (rep. Arctic Monkeys, Miles Kane)

We Got Tickets

XRay Touring

 

FAC Board member Signatories:

Sandie Shaw

Nick Mason (Pink Floyd)

Mark Kelly (Marillion)

Hal Ritson (The Young Punx)

Crispin Hunt

Annie Lennox

Rumer

Lucy Pullin  (The Fire Escapes)

Chris Difford (Squeeze)

Howard Jones

Fran Healy (Travis)

Dave Rowntree (Blur)

Kate Nash

Master Shortie

 

AIF Member Signatories:

 

Bearded Theory Festival

Beat-Herder Festival

Belladrum Tartan Heart

Bestival

Bingley Music Live

Cornbury Festival

Camp Bestival

Deer Shed Festival

Eden Sessions

End of the Road Festival

Evolution Festival

Field Day

Folk on the Water

Glade

Glasgowbury Festival

Glastonbudget Festival

Greenbelt Festival

Green Man

In the Woods Festival

Kendal Calling

Leefest

London Summer Jam

The Magic Loungeabout

Meltdown Festival

Nozstock: The Hidden Valley Festival

No Direction Home

Outside:Inside Festival

Secret Garden Party

Shambala Festival

Summer Sundae Weekender

Stockton Weekender

SWN Festival

The London Green Fair

The Applecart

Tramlines

Truck

Underage

WOMAD

Y-Not Festival

 

 


FAC United Against Touts

In a major stand against secondary ticketing, the entire board of the UK’s Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), have pledged their support of the Fair Ticketing Charter.

 

Created by the UK’s Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) in a move to keep festival tickets at affordable prices, the charter is being adopted by those across the live industry who wish to take a stand against damaging profiteering rife across the secondary ticketing market.

 

The following FAC board members have signed up and are in the process of inviting others to follow their lead:

 

Sandie Shaw

Nick Mason (Pink Floyd)

Mark Kelly (Marillion)

Hal Ritson (The Young Punx)

Crispin Hunt

Annie Lennox

Rumer

Lucy Pullin  (The Fire Escapes)

Chris Difford (Squeeze)

Howard Jones

Fran Healy (Travis)

Dave Rowntree (Blur)

Kate Nash

Master Shortie

 

 

They join previous artists, promoters and festivals signatories including Radiohead, Bestival, Orbital and Secret Garden Party, bringing the total number to nearly 90. The charter, detailed below, sets out a position demands secondary ticket sellers cease selling tickets for signatory’s events,

 

Exposed Channel 4’s Dispatches, the secondary ticketing market has been attempting to cloak and legitimise touting, while undermining much of the live sector’s attempts to offer quality entertainment at reasonable prices.

 

“It is time the music business stands united on this issue and this huge statement from FAC is a massive boost to the millions of music fans out there who are being misled by many promoters from around the world,” AIF co-founder and vice chair, Ben Turner, said. 

 

The Fair Ticketing Charter

 

We the undersigned believe that the growth of ticket-touting online – so-called ‘secondary ticketing’ – is bad for fans and bad for live entertainment.

 

  • Ticket touting means real fans are deprived of the opportunity to attend events and see artists they love while speculators cash in.
  • We believe there are strong arguments for legislation to curb the activities of unofficial ticket-sellers.
  • Until such legislation is enacted we believe the entire Live Entertainment Industry should further increase its efforts to protect fans.
  • We affirm that we will be transparent with the pricing and distribution of tickets for events that we control.
  • We restate our commitment to adopting ticketing processes and technologies which ensure tickets reach the hands of real fans rather than touts.
  • We call on secondary ticket sellers to cease and desist selling tickets for events we control.
  • We call on consumers to boycott ticket touts.

 

 

General Industry Signatories:

13 Artists

A Greener Festival

Association of Independent Festivals

Association of Festival Organisers

Bristol Ticket Shop

Chambers Management (promoter of comedy talent and mgr. of Jimmy Carr, Frankie Boyle and Jack Whitehall)

Coda Agency

Crowd Surge

Dawson Breed Music

eFestivals

Festaxis

Festival UK

Free Trade Agency

Gotye

Graphite Media

Hospital Records

ID&C

John Fairs

JCF Management

Name PR

Ninja Tune

Orbital

Portishead

Radiohead

Rob da Bank

Sandbag

Skiddle

Sunday Best Recordings

Value Added Talent

Wikifestivals

Wildlife Entertainment (rep. Arctic Monkeys, Miles Kane)

We Got Tickets

XRay Touring

 

FAC Board member Signatories:

Sandie Shaw

Nick Mason (Pink Floyd)

Mark Kelly (Marillion)

Hal Ritson (The Young Punx)

Crispin Hunt

Annie Lennox

Rumer

Lucy Pullin  (The Fire Escapes)

Chris Difford (Squeeze)

Howard Jones

Fran Healy (Travis)

Dave Rowntree (Blur)

Kate Nash

Master Shortie

 

AIF Member Signatories:

 

Bearded Theory Festival

Beat-Herder Festival

Belladrum Tartan Heart

Bestival

Bingley Music Live

Cornbury Festival

Camp Bestival

Deer Shed Festival

Eden Sessions

End of the Road Festival

Evolution Festival

Field Day

Folk on the Water

Glade

Glasgowbury Festival

Glastonbudget Festival

Greenbelt Festival

Green Man

In the Woods Festival

Kendal Calling

Leefest

London Summer Jam

The Magic Loungeabout

Meltdown Festival

Nozstock: The Hidden Valley Festival

No Direction Home

Outside:Inside Festival

Secret Garden Party

Shambala Festival

Summer Sundae Weekender

Stockton Weekender

SWN Festival

The London Green Fair

The Applecart

Tramlines

Truck

Underage

WOMAD

Y-Not Festival