Mike Weatherley, the Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, along with industry leaders met with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport to discuss the detrimental impact of ticket touting in the UK.
Mike, along with a delegation of industry leaders – including Sharon Hodgson MP and representatives from top bands and live music venues – met with the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport, to find ways to reduce the negative effects of ticket-touting. The practice affects fans, bands and venues across the whole country.
With tickets for music events selling at enormous margins over the face value, managers and promoters have been calling for a cap to limit how much fans should pay. The delegation pressed upon Jeremy Hunt to impose a cap of 10% on the reselling of tickets. Artists would retain the right to opt out of the cap if they wished.
Commenting, Mike said: “It is encouraging that Jeremy took the trouble to meet our delegation, which included some of the biggest band managers in the country. Artists, managers and promoters are rightly frustrated that fans are being ripped off by speculators trying to make a quick buck. It distorts the market and detracts from what this is all about, music.”