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4th February 2015

Iron Maiden manager speaks out against ticket touts

Metal band urges fans to support the ticket abuse bill

Safeconcerts have been saying for a number of years that there is an urgent need for greater transparency with regard to ticket sales. We are the only music website who have consistently stood out against ticket touting and ticket fraud and the only music site to provide a free on line ticket directory that allows music fans to check where they are buying their tickets from and so avoid the pitfalls of ticket buying. We do not say that the primary ticket sites are without fault but we do consistently urge fans to buy from legitimate, primary ticket sites only. Our Be Ticket Safe® area of the website provides information and advice for fans and we offer this service for free.

For the most part we have found the music industry to be somewhat disinterested in protecting fans from the ever growing minefield that defines ticket sales but have continued to provide a service in the hope that fans are helped to make an informed decision when purchasing tickets. It isn't easy, there are many traps which even the most savvy and discerning ticket buyer can fall prey to.

Every now and again some people jump on the bandwagon and attempts are made at government 'regulation', probably not a well thought out solution but an attempt to change things, whether this would be for the better remains to be seen. The latest cry comes from the metal community who seem to be getting behind the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ticket Abuse

The Bill suffered a recent defeat at the House Of Lords to the proposed amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill, now Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood have added some weight to a the campaign to change UK laws over secondary ticket sales.

The have stated:

The ever-increasing plague of ‘Secondary Ticketing’ excesses are a blight on live music and sports events and much to the detriment of fans. This affects fans both in terms of fair cost and their equal opportunity to be able to buy tickets when they go on sale. 

However there is finally an opportunity with the Bill from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ticket Abuse, co-chaired by Mike Weatherly MP (Conservative) and Sharon Hodgson MP (Labour) to inject much needed transparency .

Your support is critical to demonstrate to this Government that the Public are fully behind us in this opposition to the current abuses. We would urge all UK Iron Maiden and Metal Fans to consider supporting this Bill and assist ideally by emailing your local MP or simply going on Facebook or Twitter, and rallying behind the cause - Put Fans First.

Contacting your MP is the most helpful and carries the most weight, but it would be terrific if you could not only do all three of the above but invite your friends to do so too. This may well be the best and only opportunity fans have to get some protection from the touts and more equality in getting tickets to major concerts and events. Join us at in helping bring an end to the profiteering activities of ticket touts online that prevent real fans attending the events they wish to go to, at the price they should be sold the tickets for.

Using the Template  that can be found  here  or in your own words, we would encourage you to email your MP asking them to support this amendment when it comes back to the House of Commons.

If you’re not sure who your MP is or how to contact them, you can find out by entering your postcode  here   

Putting fans first? that remains to be seen, but our best advice is to check out the Safeconcerts Be Ticket Safe® directory and please buy your tickets from reputable, legitimate primary ticket outlets only, that really is the only way to beat the scalpers and touts at their own game.

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