Live Nation’s National Concert Week – A smoke screen for monopolistic selling tactics

Live-Nation

“I think I’m gonna be sad. I think it’s today, yeah. The girl that’s driving me mad – is going away. She’s got a ticket to ride… But she don’t care.”

It’s long been known that the concert ticket industry has some peculiar, under-the-table, and definitely questionable selling strategies, especially when it comes to selling tickets for major artists at some of the largest venues in the world. Concert and event ticket conglomerate Live Nation, along with its multiple subsidiaries including Ticketmaster, is easily the largest in the industry, and they’re no stranger to controversy. Now they’re even being investigated by the DOJ for possibly violating established antitrust laws, pressuring venues in multiple US cities to adopt Ticketmaster as the primary selling utility or risk losing the opportunity to host major acts, and, more specifically, lose out on the revenue that they bring.

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The Scene in Salt Lake City

SLCHello music world! I’m Cole, and I’m the newest member to join the Coma Collective team. I first approached Max about joining Coma a few months back, but really I just wanted my own business card. Turns out, I have to earn it. So, Max reached out with an option to do some writing to help cover a wider range of topics. So, here goes nothing. Take a look a local’s perspective on a rapidly expanding music town!

Salt Lake City, Utah. By day, the city is busy with people as they walk, bike, drive or train from point A to point B. From the outside it looks like any other regular city, however, this city is surrounded by the beautiful Wasatch mountains, has tremendous outdoor recreation, and a booming economy. (It has weird liquor laws but please, don’t let that stop you from visiting).

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