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Calling For A Revolution: We Have To Change This Ticketing System!




Iman got very lucky, or very skilled I don’t know, but he got tickets for Radiohead in New York city. However, he had a huge advantage over me, the Madison Square Garden has a capacity of 18,200, the Shrine can only contain a third of this: 6,300! It was impossible to get a ticket and many fans got very frustrated, and I was mad too, after being stuck for an hour or so in the waiting room, with the hopeful message ‘it will be your turn soon’. However my turn never came and both shows were sold out before I could do anything. I guess it was the case at every venue on sale that day.

Even Thom Yorke got mad according to what he wrote between two angry tweets about Trump and the Artic drilling:

‘I’m as fucked off as you are . and am only human .’

Why is Thom fucked? The tickets were sold, does it matter who is buying them? Yes it does, as the official Radiohead account tweeted:

‘All headline shows are now sold out. Despite the strict rules, tickets inevitably will find their way onto secondary ticketing sites…’

Talking about these secondary ticketing sites, they were offering me pit tickets at $3,000 through my Ticketmaster app, before the tickets went on sale! There was actually a weird presale 2 days before, but almost nobody knew about it, except these thieves!

Radiohead is a band that has always innovated, they were the first major act to offer a pay-what-you-want download for ‘In Rainbows’, then a year ago, Thom Yorke may have made almost $24 million from a solo album he released exclusively through BitTorrent! They are innovators and rebels, they think out of the system, so my question to Radiohead is: why do you still rely on Ticketmaster or AXS to sell your concert tickets? Isn’t there another way, another procedure you could come up with? It’s not acceptable that secondary sites are making this much profit at your expense!

Radiohead also warned fans about these sites, as if this is going to stop them from buying from re-sellers! You have to understand, at this point people are so desperate to get a ticket, they would sell a kidney:

‘If you’re thinking of buying a ticket from a secondary sites PLEASE PLEASE carefully check the original rules of the venue concerned…’


So does this mean that the majority of the tickets will not be honored? Because I believe a large majority of them were bought by these thieves. and I don’t believe this for a minute.

It’s time to change the system, I am calling for a revolution in the way tickets are sold1 May be I am naïve, may be it’s not possible, but why are we in this situation in 2016? I am old enough to have waited on line at the box office of the venues, you had to wake up early, physically go there and you would generally get a ticket! There were a few scalpers but not a ticketing system with powerful internet connection, illegal software (or whatever they use) able to snatch most tickets before we can. Radiohead has to come with an idea, and what about applying what they say? Named tickets all verified by some electronic system? Come on Radiohead, you are the innovators, you found a way to get rid of labels, and this should not be happening anymore!

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