August 31, 2018

Tim Minchin & Elton John both adopt anti-scalper initiatives

Tim Minchin & Elton John both adopt anti-scalper initiatives

Both Tim Minchin and Sir Elton John have announced anti-scalper initiatives on their 2019 tours.

Minchin has adopted the Ticketmaster Verified Fan for Australia and New Zealand while Sir Elton is partnering with Twickets for his farewell tour.

Minchin said, “Doing a thing called Verified Fan, now this is a system that’s been put in place which seems to be working for other real artists, where fans can register to become a Verified Fan which is a way of stopping scalpers buying loads of tickets and selling them to poor, desperate people for way too much money.

“So, you can register as a Verified Fan from now and if as many people as possible do that we will make sure that tickets end up in the hands of people who have paid a reasonable price and we don’t all get fleeced.”

Ticketmaster Verified Fan registration are open until 5pm (AEST) Sunday, September 2 and will enable early access to tickets for verified fans from 12pm Wednesday, September 5 (local time), for 24 hours.

Tickets for all shows go on sale at 2pm Thursday, September 6 (local time). For complete tour and ticket information, head to the Live Nation.

BACK, billed as “old songs, new songs, fuck you songs”, is his first national tour since 2012. It kicks off in Adelaide on Friday, March 8 at the Thebarton Theatre.

Minchin is also raising money for charities at each show with a special Premium Charity Tickets at $230, plus booking fee — $90 more than the next tier of expensive tickets and with the best seats in the house — with the full value donated to charity.

Details can soon be found at Minchin’s official website.

The Perth show has chosen family support group Ngala, which helps parents and carers through the difficulties of raising children.

Elton John’s three year Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour – already confirmed to reach Australia – kicks off on Saturday, September 8 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

UK headquartered Twickets, which has an office in Melbourne to cover Australia and New Zealand, will provide a regulated space for fans to ethically buy or sell their spare tickets at face value.

Check out the official resale here.