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Artistes take action over touts

World News
December 4, 2018

NETHERLANDS                        

Backed by the opposition Socialist Party, a group of artistes has presented a manifesto titled Stop Profiteering From Concert Tickets to culture minister Ingrid van Engelshoven, demanding an end to ticket touting.

In March, she announced plans to speak with live music industry stakeholders, including Live Nation Entertainment-owned Ticketmaster and Mojo Concerts, to establish if legislation is required.

MP Peter Kwint, who has coordinated the campaign, tells Audience that he is hopeful of forcing legislation through parliament to prevent fans being “ripped off on the secondary market”.

“I have asked extra questions of the minister and am waiting on answers – I want to know why she thinks an outright ban would not be enforceable,” he says.

“We are considering legislation on this issue, perhaps preventing tickets from being sold with any more than 20 per cent above face value, but it may be 10 per cent or no per cent.

“I don’t think she [van Engelshoven] is going to do it, so maybe I will have to write the law myself.”

The campaign has been backed by artistes including Guus Meeuwis and Blaudzun.

It is not the first time the resale sector has come under scrutiny. In 2016, the regulatory body ACM dropped an investigation, concluding that extortionate ticket prices were the result of supply-and-demand.

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