Going to a concert is tough work nowadays. Most major shows get sold out within days, if not hours, thanks to bots and scalpers. And that means tickets that become available on the private market are ridiculously jacked up in price. But the country of Ireland wants to make that practice illegal.
The idea was first brought up when two MPs introduced a bill into parliament back in January of 2017. But a recent poll in the country showed that 9 out of 10 people wanted to ban the reselling of tickets for profiteering. 86% of respondents said they’d back a government initiative to make that happen.
According to DigitalMusicNews:
The results came from an ‘Ireland Thinks’ poll. Politician Noel Rock, a prominent opponent of the secondary ticketing market, commissioned the survey. Rock even went undercover to expose touts selling tickets for the Ireland vs. England Six Nations rugby match. Last-minute tickets were going for ten-times their original value.
The two MPs – Noel Rock and Stephen Donnelly – are planning to bring a private members bill to parliament which is likely to be accepted and prioritized by the government.