Have your say on ticket touting

Vote now and tell the Government want you want to happen

The Uk Government wants to hear your views on ticket touting, after NME.COM took the Stamp Out The Touts campaign to Whitehall.

Last week we took your concerns to Creative Industries Minister James Purnell MP, who has revealed that the government are looking into ways to stop the problem facing gig-goers across the UK.

As previously reported on NME.COM, music fans have been up in arms recently after online touts have snapped up tickets for upcoming festivals and gigs and then flogged them via online auction sites for vastly inflated prices after these events sell out.

“We’d like to hear your readers’ views,” Purnell told NME.COM. “Why it is these tickets are disappearing? Is it professional operators or just lots of individuals who are finding a way of making £200, £300? How that can be stopped? Does the Glastonbury way of doing it does that work well?”

The minister added that the government have been discussing the issue with the concert industry at a series of “touts summits” and now wanted to hear from music fans.

“There are some genuinely complicated issues, but also a lot of differing views,” he explained. “Some people say it’s a free market and if you ban it from auction sites it’s just going to go underground, and other people say it’s so out of hand that people aren’t getting tickets who should be getting them.”

Do you think ticket touting should be made illegal? Have your say now by voting on the NME.COM messageboard now.

Meanwhile, for the full interview with Creative Industries Minister James Purnell MP, get this week’s issue of NME out on newsstands in London today (May 9) and nationwide tomorrow (May 10).