We’ve all been there. You find out your favourite band is coming to your city on their next tour. You carefully note down the day and time the tickets go on sale. The day arrives, you go to find tickets and… they are gone. Fast forward a week, you see tickets popping up for two, three, or even four times the original price on resell sites. All these tickets are up for grabs for the show, but they are completely unaffordable for you now.
Scalpers and resellers are the bane of a lot of musicians’ existence, as they take tickets away from real and sometimes leave them with primo empty seats because no one could afford the resell price. A lot of acts are searching for solutions, and one Canadian act may be on to something.
Tegan and Sara are having a big fall. They’ve released a memoir and an album, and now they are on tour promoting both things in book tour/concert hybrid events. Like so many other tours, they are struggling with the aggressive resell market in the cities they are visting.
“It has come to our attention that a significant number of tickets to shows on our current Hey, I’m Just Like You Tour were unethically bought up by secondary ticketing platforms during our tour onsale in July. Many of these tickets are now being flooded back into the market for re-sale” the band said on their website.
To combat the issue, Tegan and Sara are allowing fans to line up for rush seats at venues. This means that, come show time, any empty seats will be made available on a pay-what-you-can basis to fans lined-up outside. And the sweetest part? All the proceeds benefiting the Tegan and Sara Foundation, a charity they started to fight for the rights of LGBTQ+ women and girls.
Tegan and Sara already successfully pulled off the experiment in San Francisco, and they have confirmed that they will be doing the same thing for their shows in Seattle, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, and Winnipeg. Check out all the details on their website, and keep an eye on their Instagram for updates on rush seating as their tour progresses.