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Government inquiry to focus on the resale market and grassroots venues

3 February 2018
Damian Collins MP

A FRESH inquiry has been launched to tackle issues affecting the live music industry, including ticket touting and problems faced by grassroots venues.

The investigation is being carried out by the Government’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee, and will incorporate the findings and evidence submitted to the previous committee’s inquiry, which was interrupted by last year’s general election.

As part of that examination, particular attention was paid to ticket abuse, with a number of key figures called to give evidence during a hearing last March (see LIVE UK issue 207). Resale site Viagogo was among the companies summoned to attend, but failed to show up. In its absence the Switzerland-based firm was accused of “fraudulent trading” and flouting the Consumer Rights Act.

It is understood MPs will once again call on companies such as Viagogo to contribute.

“This inquiry will be an opportunity for the committee to revisit the important issue of secondary ticket selling,” says committee chair Damian Collins MP. “We want to hear from the public about their direct experiences with this issue and what they think can be done to tackle it.

“We’ll also investigate what problems many small music venues face, as they struggle to keep their doors open despite the unwavering enthusiasm from the British public for live music.”

The committee is seeking evidence on factors including, how successful reforms in secondary ticketing have been, what initiatives can be put in place to help emerging acts and whether small venues should be classified as cultural venues. The deadline for submissions is 28 February.

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