Chugg calls for ticket on-selling legislation
16 February 2012
In the latest ticket scalping headlines, concert promoter Michael Chugg has called for federal ticket on-selling legislation, as fans fume over scalpers dealing Radiohead tickets. Tickets to Radiohead’s November shows ($130 each) were snapped up in minutes last week, shortly after appearing on auction sites at inflated prices – for up to $600 each.
This follows accusations that our very own Labour MP, Trevor Mallard scalped tickets to Wellington's Homegrown music festival. Mallard bought four tickets to the
festival last year but listed them in an auction on TradeMe following a conflicting engagement. The tickets were sold for the final price of $656, almost double the face value of the tickets. sold-out
In 2006, Mallard initiated the Major Events Management Act, protecting event sponsors from people making money out of major events. It protects events such as the Rugby World Cup, the World Rowing Championships and the 2015 Cricket World Cup from scalpers and ambush marketing. Homegrown is not covered under the act.