LOS ANGELES (AP) — The refrain towards Ticketmaster’s contentious live performance pricing practices is rising, numbering amongst them Zach Bryan and pals.
The nation music artist dropped a dwell album, “All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster,” on Sunday. With it got here an announcement posted to social media wherein he decried “a massive issue with fair ticket prices to live shows lately.”
“I’ve decided to play a limited number of headline shows next year to which I’ve done all I can to make prices as cheap as possible and to prove to people tickets don’t have to cost $450 to see a good and honest show,” Bryan wrote, cautioning that he didn’t have management of ticket costs for festivals he’ll play.
The assertion doesn’t point out Ticketmaster by title besides within the new album title, although he tagged the corporate in a separate Instagram submit displaying the observe itemizing. A message in search of remark from Ticketmaster was not instantly returned.
Ticketmaster has confronted a slew of dangerous press and scrutiny in latest weeks, notably across the botched rollout of tickets for famous person Taylor Swift’s upcoming Eras Tour.
A presale occasion in mid-November crashed the positioning and left many followers with out tickets; the deliberate normal sale for the stadium tour was subsequently scrapped as a result of the dominant ticketing big had run out of tickets. The debacle has even led a number of state attorneys normal to open investigations.
Ticketmaster Mexico can also be in sizzling water over a Unhealthy Bunny live performance in Mexico Metropolis the place hundreds had been left within the chilly due to faux tickets. Mexico’s shopper safety company introduced an investigation, however Ticketmaster Mexico denied the December live performance was oversold and as an alternative blamed false tickets purchased via unofficial channels and “temporary interruptions in the ticket reading system, which unfortunately momentarily impeded recognition of legitimate tickets.”
Specialists say the frustration over Ticketmaster’s practices may drive political engagement, which Bryan alluded to in his assertion when criticizing inaction whereas “huge monopolies sit there stealing money from working class people.”
A songwriter “trying to make ‘relatable music for the working class man or woman’ should pride themself on fighting for the people who listen to the words they’re singing,” he added.
As of Monday morning, Bryan loved a one-two punch atop Apple Music’s nation chart: The 24-track “All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster,” a recording of his Nov. 3 present at Colorado’s Purple Rocks Amphitheatre, is at No. 1, adopted by his 2022 main label debut, “American Heartbreak.”
Bryan stated he would announce a tour quickly.