KEVIN Posted January 4, 2008 Share Posted January 4, 2008 enjoy Be sure to read the comments and Harvey's reply on Jan 4...... http://www.harveygoldsmith.com/harvey-blogs.php 30 December. 30.Dec.2007 17:33 Sunday 30 th. December 2007 December was an extremely busy month for us in the office. It was also a very successful month. The Led Zeppelin concert exceeded all expectation. I hope that for those who were fortunate enough to get tickets it was a worthwhile experience. I would like to thank everybody from artists to staff who made a supreme effort to make it the most memorable event of the year. The preliminary figures show that over $3 million dollars has been raised for the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, a fantastic result. For those who wish to purchase merchandise from the show please go to the Ahmet tribute website. Nine days later Bruce Springsteen breezed into town and tore the O2 apart with a spectacular concert. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be back next summer to play in the best Stadiums in the UK: 28 May Manchester United Stadium 30 and 31st May Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium 14 June Cardiff’s Millenium Stadium Tickets are selling fast, so don’t wait to see the best touring act in the world. Jools Holland finished his annual Christmas tour breaking all previous records in sales. He will be back next year with a new show. On Jan. 8th. We open Cirque du Soleil’s new show Varekai at the Royal Albert Hall. This is the best touring show that they have produced. Tickets are selling so well that we are going to extend the run to mid Feb. Do get tickets as this is a show not to be missed. In May Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will be touring the UK performing their new album. This was voted Album Of The Year by the Sunday Times. Dates are: Mon 05/05/08 19:30 NIA BirminghamBirmingham, GB Wed 07/05/08 19:00 Manchester ApolloManchester, Lancashire, GB Thu 08/05/08 18:30 Cardiff International ArenaCardiff, GB Thu 22/05/08 19:30 Wembley ArenaMiddlesex, GB We made a tough decision to try and make the tickets for the Led Zeppelin concert available only to fans and stood our ground in our effort to stop secondary trade in the tickets. There are arguments for and against secondary ticketing, however I am determined to make a stand on behalf of real music fans to find a fair way for them to obtain tickets at the price that is advertised. I believe that tickets are a currency, time and dated not a commodity. Our industry must decide what kind of business we are in. The future of our industry depends on a fair distribution of tickets to those people who have supported their heroes and want to see them live. We need legislation to help protect those fans from being ripped off. The biggest problem today is that a large criminal element has gripped this secondary market purely to take advantage of fans with no guarantee of delivery. Most of the secondary sites who protest their innocence, give no guarantee that when the fans are ripped off, they can be refunded when fraudulent transactions take place. This problem is growing and is taking away confidence in the market. I urge Artists and fans alike to stop using these sites. If the practice continues then a ticket will have no controlled value and it will be down to the highest bidder. This will destroy confidence in the business with frightening consequences. We also need to have a balance between ticket prices at the top end and those newcomers that we are trying to promote. Promoters spend a large amount of time budgeting to ensure that the right price is charged to the public. Often artists are deliberately underpriced to ensure that the fans can afford to support their heroes. The bulk of Artists earnings today stem from performing live. That is why so many artists are on the road. Balanced ticket pricing is essential to keep this ever growing market flourishing. The secondary market, which puts nothing back into the Industry, is destroying that balance. Please let me have your comments whether you agree with my stance on this difficult problem. I wish all of you a happy, healthy and successful 2008 Harvey. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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