The furor over getting Hip tickets is still going strong with much of the ire being directed against the ticket-buying bots that elbow humans out of the way. Brian, who was stymied in an effort to buy Hip tickets on Tuesday, came up with this possible partial solution.
Hello! I was part of the disastrous Tragically Hip ticket sale today in Victoria, BC. I actually decided to try my luck old school and went down to the local ticket office at the venue.
I was the tenth person in line after the random draw. There were 4 ticket windows so the first four people in line got tickets- instant sellout less than 30 seconds after the tickets went live.
I got exceptionally lucky in that my brother managed to beat the bots at his house online so we have 2 tickets- nosebleed seats at the exact rear of the stage- but we have tickets and I feel extremely fortunate.
There were a lot of angry people in line today.
It is likely impossible to stop the bots or outlaw or ban scalping, so how about a single law that makes an awful lot of sense.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if some percentage of the seats for each show at each venue were required by law to be reserved for purchase at the venue? It does not even need to be a permanent lock until local sellout, but even a hold at the box office for 48 or 72 hours?
The real fans can head down and get their tickets with no fear of some idiot broker in Toronto, Ottawa, or New York using bots to scoop up everything within seconds.
I do not think that Ticketmaster would do it voluntarily, which is why it would likely have to be forced upon them by federal legislation.
But imagine the difference for the Tragically Hip shows if say 10% of the seats were local sale only- the ACC would have had two thousand seats reserved for local fans and everyone would have had a much greater chance and a lot more happy fans. Imagine knowing that if you were one of the first 500 or 1000 people at the venue you were guaranteed tickets. A step back to the old days of the 80s and 90s when scalping was a lot more difficult. Combine this with locking sales to one set of tickets per payment card/address/name and all but the most determined scalpers will vanish.
You would still see the local people buying 4 tickets to resell at inflated costs here and there but nobody getting 1000 tickets in less than 1 minute like a New York broker admitted to doing for a U2 concert.
What do you think? It seems to be a pretty common sense move to me and perhaps the easiest way to beat the bots- by going old school and taking the tickets offline where the brokers halfway across the country cannot touch them.
Thanks, and a very happy Hip fan,