Former Runrig star turned MP Pete Wishart is demanding urgent action against touts after the band’s farewell concerts were targeted. Wishart said he had been inundated by reports from disgusted fans who had been ripped off by secondary sellers flogging tickets at vastly inflated prices. Tickets for the Celtic rockers’ two gigs in Stirling next August sold out within minutes of going on sale on Ticketmaster. Within 12 minutes, they appeared on Ticketmaster’s secondary site Get Me In!
So supertout Julien Lavallee is also a prime tax dodger – who’d have imagined it? A morally upstanding fellow no doubt, much like other touts, whose day-to-day job involves ripping off genuine music lovers worldwide. As the UK toils over the best way to regulate the worst excesses of these parasites, the big question that remains is this: What is the point in even having a secondary market?
Scottish star Amy MacDonald, who has waged a war on touts, is backing a total ban of reselling tickets for profit. Singer-songwriter Amy, who has sold more than 12 million records worldwide, said: “It’s completely shocking that this shameless profiteering at the expense of real fans has been allowed to happen for so long. “The only way to finally solve this problem is to get tough on touts and ban the practice outright.
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Selecting a term
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