Theres a big problem Twothirds of Tragically Hip tickets werent sold directly

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Machines may have spoiled the Tragically Hip’s Man Machine Poem tour for a lot of fans this summer.Two-thirds of the tickets for the band’s landmark tour were snapped up by brokers and automated software, known as bots, CBC Marketplace has learned.As a result, actual fans were able to buy less than a third of tickets at face value from Ticketmaster when they went on sale to the general public. This doesn’t take into account other tickets that were set aside for VIPs, such as the band, promoters, venues and other insiders. Advertisement Facebook “The odds are absolutely stacked against the fan,” said Joe Berchtold, chief operating officer of Live Nation, the world’s largest tour promoter and owner of Ticketmaster, which sold tickets for the Hip’s final tour.“Probably a third of the tickets went to bots, another third went to brokers who were just like fans, pounding away at the keyboard, but better trained, more aggressive at it, and maybe a third of them went to fans.”“There’s a big problem, and the big problem starts with bots.”‘Probably a third of the tickets went to bots, another third went to brokers,’ says Joe Berchtold, Live Nation’s chief operating officer. (CBC)Ontario’s attorney general announced yesterday the government will table legislation to outlaw ticket bots.Bots are an automated software designed to snap up prime seats within milliseconds of tickets going on sale. Twitterlast_img

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