The Next Disruption in the Music Industry: Redesigning the Concert Ticket

Let’s face it:  paper concert tickets look like shite.  They’re often hard to decipher–where is my seat, exactly?–and they’re hard to read in the dark.  Wired takes a look at what concert tickets might look like in the near future–and about bloody time, too.  (And probably just in time for the industry to adopt paperless ticketing entirely.  But that’s another story for another time.)

Modern concert ticket

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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3 thoughts on “The Next Disruption in the Music Industry: Redesigning the Concert Ticket

  • I understand the evolution to paperless entry but really do hate the idea. I have every ticket stub to every show i ever attended and its a keepsake that serves to remind me of the memories of the show.

  • While I agree they are sometimes hard to read, I love having a hard ticket. It’s often the only tangible reminder I have left of the shows I’ve been to and love collecting them. Paperless isn’t always better.

  • Agreed with posts above. The faded Morrissey stub at Kingswood Theatre in 1991 always brings a smile on my face.


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