Eavis Slams Government On Ticketing

For allowing secondary re-sale to continue

Eavis Slams Government On Ticketing: Michael, at the UK Festival Awards where his anti-tout system earned him a gong for Best Innovation

Michael, at the UK Festival Awards where his anti-tout system earned him a gong for Best Innovation

Photographer: Peter Corkhill10 January 2008

"Nobody likes touts and I don't see why they can't push through a simple law to do something about it. I hate it," Michael Eavis said.

His comments, made to Sky News, came after a committee of MPs rejected the idea of legislating against touts as a last resort.

Instead, they want to see a voluntary code for sellers in the so-called 'secondary market', where tickets are often sold on at massively inflated prices.

Eavis explained he would have stopped running Glastonbury if he had not come up with an effective way to stop touts infiltrating sales.

Revellers hoping to get into the festival this summer will again have to use the photo registration system pioneered by the festival last year (and voted Best Innovation by fans in the 2007 UK Festival Awards).

"It just took a bit of lateral thinking to come up with this idea. People don't mind and it costs very little," Michael added.

But MPs rejected the system as inconvenient and say the secondary market benefits consumers.

They want to see a voluntary commitment from sellers not to advertise charity tickets or trade fakes.

Representatives of ticket sale websites are relieved that a total ban has effectively been ruled out.
 
Eric Baker, from ticket exchange website Viagogo, said the decision was "a victory for the fans".

He said: "They have every right to sell tickets on that they can no longer use."

His website is currently selling tickets for the popular Spice Girls concerts for well over double face value, but Mr. Baker claims half of their transactions trade tickets for less than the original price.

Tickets to football matches are already regulated because of crowd control and it will be illegal to resell tickets to the 2012 London Olympics for similar safety reasons.

But it seems with MPs deciding a complete ban on touting is impractical and unworkable, tickets will continue to sell for as much as buyers decide they are worth.

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