‘Touts summit’ takes place today

Fans want government and live music industry to act

The government and the live music industry are set to meet today (July 17) to discuss the issue of touting.

The Department For Media Culture And Sport is holding a “Touts Summit” that includes representatives from concert promoters, ticket sellers and online auction sites.

NME.COM users will also have their voices heard at the meeting in London after a survey conducted as part of our Stamp Out The Touts campaign was presented to civil servants earlier this month.

Following on from your complaints this year when gigs and festivals sold out in minutes, yet tickets appeared almost as quickly on internet auction sites, it seems online touting has upset you the most, with 67 per cent of you believing the selling on of tickets in this way is unacceptable.

However it’s not just fans who object, a series of bands have joined the Stamp Out The Touts campaign with Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party and Keane among those vocally against selling on tickets.

“I think touting is wrong,” SugababesHedi Range told NME.COM. “People haven’t got that money to spend on tickets. Even when we were on tour, one of the gigs we did in Liverpool sold out really quickly. Some of my family and friends couldn’t get tickets and touts were selling them for a few hundred pounds. It pissed me off, actually. My friends couldn’t even get in!”

For more on the Stamp Out The Touts campaign check out this week’s issue of NME, on newsstands nationwide from July 19.

Meanwhile for news from the “Touts Summit”, which sources have indicated is expected to endorse the introduction of a system for selling unwanted tickets at face value, stay tuned to NME.COM.