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Soundwave partners with Viagogo to squeeze scalpers

Soundwave partners with Viagogo to squeeze scalpers
February 20, 2015

Soundwave has announced a new partnership with online ticket marketplace Viagogo in an effort to prevent scalpers from profiteering by reselling tickets for its four festival events.

Promoter AJ Maddah says the deal with Viagogo provides Soundwave fans with a safe and dependable way to buy tickets to sold out events.

he explains "over the last few years, we have seen an increasing number of fake tickets and outright scams committed by fraudsters on websites such as Gumtree (and) from a more selfish point of view, Viagogo also provides the festival with a unique platform to reach the global fanbase and expand Soundwave’s footprint internationally.”

Scalping isn’t likely to be an issue for the festival this year as tickets for all four Soundwave dates are still on sale but Viagogo says that they’ve recorded 87% more searches for the festival this year than in 2014 with more than 30% of that interest coming from curious international fans.

Due to “pathetic” tickets sales Maddah has confirmed that this weekend’s Soundwave festival in Adelaide will be the last staged in the city.

However he says that the other three cities on the tour – Melbourne (also being staged this weekend) and Sydney and Brisbane (on 28th February and 1st March) – will continue.

10th August 2014 - STEREOSONIC TO ALLOW TICKET RESELLING IN VIAGOGO DEAL

27th June 2014 - CO-FOUNDER ALLEGES BIG DAY OUT MISMANAGEMENT

27th March 2014 - FEDERAL SENATE REPORT SUGGESTS TICKET SCALPING NOT A BIG PROBLEM 

25th September 2013 - 500,000 AUSTRALIANS A YEAR CAUGHT OUT BY ONLINE TICKET SCAMS


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