By Steffan Powell
6 February 2015
From the section Entertainment
The government tells Newsbeat there are no plans to ban ticket re-sales.
It’s after comedian Stewart Lee put on extra shows during his tour to try to encourage people not to use secondary ticketing websites.
A government spokesman said: “There is a small minority of people who set out to exploit the high demand for popular events.”
He says they want to protect buyers from spending over the odds but still let people sell unwanted tickets.
One Direction’s management say they want the government to do more to control ticket re-sales
The campaign Put Fans First is trying to get the government to change how sites like viagogo and StubHub work.
Tickets to sold-out gigs and sporting events are usually still available to buy on similar sites but often at a much higher price.
The campaign group doesn’t want to ban them but says it wants to make the process more transparent.
For example, they want resellers to have a say about who they’ve bought the ticket from and what its face value is.
Put Fans First is being supported by metal band Iron Maiden and British comedian Stewart Lee.
Iron Maiden are supporting the ticketing campaign to put fans first
Writing on his website earlier this week the stand-up said that tickets for some of his shows were 400% more expensive on re-sale sites.
He said: …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment