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Staples in ‘premier’ tickets for touts row

World News
January 2, 2019

UNITED STATES               

Arow has broken out between the management of Eric Church and the AEG-owned Staples Center (cap. 20,000) in Los Angeles.

Industry publication Billboard has seen emails from a ticket reseller offering large numbers of Premier section tickets to fellow ticket touts/scalpers, before the show’s tickets went on sale to the public.

Secondary ticketing operation DTI sought orders of a minimum of 60 tickets at face value of $137 each, Billboard reports.

“Exclusively for active DTI members, I have a small window to help you acquire Eric Church,” DTI’s Jason Lai wrote in the email, adding that “due to the fact that it is Eric Church, there are no guarantees of the request being fulfilled”.

Church and his management are known for his anti-touting stance and cancelled tickets suspected of being resold for his 2017 tour.

“Given that Eric Church works so hard to make sure that great seats go to real fans at face value, it’s disconcerting and incredibly frustrating to hear that venues may directly distribute large numbers of tickets to huge resellers,” the artiste’s head of touring at manager Q Prime South, Fielding Logan, told the magazine.

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