Saturday 10 December 2016

Mumford & Sons and Little Mix lead calls to take on ticket touts

Published 09/05/2016 | 00:31

Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons
Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons

Mumford & Sons plus Little Mix have told music fans to "stand up" to rip-off ticket touts.

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The rock and pop stars, using the hashtag "‪#ToutsOut," have called on music fans to sign a petition so that tougher penalties for touts can be debated in Parliament.

They are hoping that public support will give them 100,000 signatures for a debate to be held about tougher sanctions for resale websites and to force ticket resellers to reveal their identities.

More than 12,000 people have signed the petition.

Mumford & Sons issued a passionate message on their website which directs to the petition.

They said: "If getting onstage is one of the best things about being a musician, seeing your audience get ripped off is undoubtedly the worst.

"At M&S HQ we try hard to ensure that true fans have the best opportunity of getting into shows, at the right price, but are often powerless when faced with organised industrial-scale ticket touting.

"At the moment, the law makes it easy for these shady operators to hoover up tickets and profit at your expense - so we are joining with others across the music and creative communities to a support petition that demands politicians tighten up consumer legislation.

"If 100,000 of you sign it, then Government will be pressurised to consider the issue for Parliamentary debate."

Little Mix tweeted: "Touts get in the way of music fans getting fair tickets Stop them & sign the petition."

The petition is headlined Enforce the Consumer Rights Act to protect music, arts and sport fans from touts.

It states: "On a commercial scale, touting deprives the Treasury of VAT, and performance copyright holders of royalties that should be paid on the mark-ups. It also denies artistes the ability to ensure their events are priced so anyone can attend."

A Department for Business Innovation & Skills spokesman said: "In the Consumer Rights Act, the Government committed to an independent review of online secondary ticketing.

"The review has been considering a wide range of stakeholders responses to consider how best to represent consumers' interests. We are expecting the review report in late May 2016."

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