Music campaign group FanFair Alliance has welcomed today’s announcement by Keir Starmer, that a future Labour government would introduce new legislation to end the rip-off practices of controversial ticket touting websites.  This would include measures to:  -Strengthen consumer rights legislation to restrict the resale of tickets at more than a small, set percentage over the […]

Viagogo adverts banned by ASA after FanFair complaint

Today (January 10th), the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have upheld two complaints made by FanFair Alliance about the misleading adverts of controversial ticket touting website viagogo. The complaints centre on two advertorial features published in the NME, both of which omitted crucial information about ticket resale protections for live shows by artists including Taylor Swift, […]

FanFair Alliance urges 3 pro-consumer measures to end mass-scale ticket touting 

FanFair Alliance, the widely-supported UK campaign against industrial-scale online ticket touting, has urged MPs to introduce new legislation to protect British consumers from unscrupulous and exploitative traders who operate on controversial websites such as viagogo and StubHub.  At a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ticket Abuse, hosted in the House of Commons, FanFair […]

CMA requires viagogo to sell StubHub’s international business – FanFair Reaction

The UK’s business regulator, the Competition & Markets Authority has today made a final ruling on the $4bn merger between Viagogo and StubHub – requiring that StubHub’s international business (outside of North America) is sold off in order to ally competition concerns. The full announcement can be found here: As well as launching an […]

CMA finds competition concerns in viagogo and StubHub merger – FanFair comment

As a result of an in-depth ‘Phase 2’ investigation, the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) have today provisionally raised  competition concerns following Viagogo’s $4.05bn acquisition of StubHub. The CMA has set out potential options for addressing its provisional concerns, which include requiring Viagogo to sell all or part of StubHub. In reaching this provisional decision, […]

CMA refers Viagogo merger for in-depth investigation

The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has today announced that Viagogo’s acquisition of StubHub will be referred for an in depth investigation. This on the basis that the deal might constitute a relevant “merger situation” and result in a substantial lessening of competition within the UK market. FanFair Alliance has welcomed the announcement and issued […]

FanFair Alliance welcomes CMA’s ongoing “concerns” with Viagogo / StubHub merger

Today, the UK’s Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) have provided an update on Viagogo’s controversial merger with StubHub – highlighting continued competition concerns with the $4.05bn acquisition, and paving way for an extensive “Phase 2” investigation. More detail here: FanFair Alliance has led calls for the merger – recently described by Forbes as “the […]

Ticket touts BZZ sentenced – significant implications for UK secondary ticketing platforms

In a landmark case for National Trading Standards, online ticket touts Peter Hunter and David Smith (aka BZZ) were jailed today for 4 years and 30 months respectively. Following a long-running trial, the pair had been found guilty on February 13th 2020 of fraudulently and dishonestly buying and reselling tickets for high-profile music and entertainment events. […]