ANTI TICKET-touting campaigners across Europe have combined to launch FEAT – the Face-value European Alliance for Ticketing – to lobby for better legislation to protect fans at national and European Union level.
A non-profit organisation, FEAT will focus predominantly on the live music business and says it will “build alliances with the full scope of the live entertainment industry including performing arts and sport”.
“The growth and effectiveness of grassroots movements against industrial ticket touting in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland in recent years has been invigorating,” says FEAT director Sam Shemtob, who is based in the UK and also heads Name PR.
“The time has come for these movements to connect, collaborate and speak as one at a European level, where we know MEPs are listening.”
The initiative is backed by FanFair Alliance, whose campaign manager Adam Webb says, “There is still work to do in the UK and challenges ahead, but because of collective action the situation has improved markedly since 2016. Our focus will remain within these shores, but we are happy to share our experiences and support the activities of FEAT.”
Victim of Viagogo campaign group founder Claire Turnham, who was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honour’s List, says, “Having worked closely with the FanFair Alliance in the UK over the last two years, I have seen how effective a coordinated, collaborative, industry-wide campaign can be when it puts the fans at the centre of the issue.”
FEAT founding members include Ireland’s Peter Aiken, MD of Aiken Promotions, who promotes shows with Bruce Springsteen, Adele, Ed Sheeran and the Rolling Stones; Germany’s Folkert Koopmans, CEO of pan-Europe festival organiser and promoter FKP Scorpio (Rolling Stones, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters); Spain’s Neo Sala, CEO of Doctor Music (Bruce Springsteen, Adele, Rolling Stones) and Scumeck Sabottka, CEO of MCT-Agentur, based in Germany (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rammstein, Pearl Jam, Florence + The Machine).