Live Music Industry Promoters and Execs Team Up to Launch FEAT

Will FEAT efficiently curb ticket scalping throughout Europe?

According to a new report, Viagogo and StubHub have now complied with the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority’s calls for.

The announcement got here because the midnight deadline handed.  Both ticketing resale platforms now adjust to “all related client rights regulation.”  The transfer comes almost a 12 months and a half after the CMA issued a plan to crack down on ticket scalping on all secondary ticketing platforms within the UK.

Now, to chop down on ticket scalping throughout Europe, prime reside music promoters and executives have launched a brand new group.

Introducing FEAT.

At the Eurosonic convention, executives unveiled the Face-value European Alliance for Ticketing (FEAT).

Like the FanFair Alliance within the UK, the brand new group goals to safe higher ticket resale practices.  They’ll tackle ticket scalping – higher generally known as touting abroad – throughout the continent.

The non-prit group gained’t solely concentrate on the reside music trade.  They’ll additionally tackle scalping within the reside leisure trade as properly.  This consists of performing arts and sporting occasions.

Director Sam Shemtob will lead the group.  Scumeck Sabottka will function the group’s Director.  Founding members embrace Ben Giezenaar, Christ Huber, Folkert Koopmans, Kim Worsøe, Neo Sala, Olivier Darbois, Pascal Van De Velde, Peter Aiken, Philippe Cornu, Scumeck Sabottka, and Vincent Sager.

Tour and competition promoters throughout the continent will even work carefully with FEAT.

Speaking concerning the targets FEAT, Sabottka mentioned,

We must get this proper as in any other case followers and artists alike might be robbed by thieves; if all of us pull this collectively and get EU laws to observe our lead, we will finally make it work.

Sala added,

Governments want to grasp speculative ticket resale is an abusive and unethical observe that harms folks, and they should approve legal guidelines that make it nearly not possible.

We want authorized instruments that facilitate the quick preventive shut down web sites that put tickets on sale with out having been licensed by the organizer the occasion.

Shemtob concluded,

The progress and effectiveness grassroots actions towards industrial ticket touting within the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland lately have been invigorating.

The time has come for these actions to attach, collaborate and communicate as one at a European degree, the place we all know MEPs are listening.