Ticketmaster to shut down resale sites Get Me In and Seatwave

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Ticketmaster has announced plans to close its resale sites Get Me In and Seatwave.

The company reports that it’s been listening to music fans who are priced out of attending live shows due to tickets being snapped up and resold for a profit on the secondary market.

Ticketmaster will replace both sites with a new fan-to-fan exchange programme and have shared a video to explain how it’ll work.

The company say in a statement: “We’re shutting down our sites Get Me In and Seatwave. That’s right, we’ve listened and we hear you: Secondary sites just don’t cut it any more and you’re tired of seeing others snap up tickets just to resell for a profit.

“All we want is you, the fan, to be able to safely buy tickets to the events you love.

“So, we’re launching a fan-to-fan ticket exchange on Ticketmaster, where you can easily buy tickets or sell tickets you can’t use through our website or app, at the price originally paid or less.”

The new website will launch in October in the UK and Ireland and across Europe in early 2019 on a date still to be finalised.

Ticketmaster add: “We’re excited about making ticketing simpler. All you need to think about are those incredible experiences you’ll never forget.”

Artists including Iron Maiden (opens in new tab), have long campaigned against the secondary ticket market and ticket touts and in 2015, they joined Radiohead and Foo Fighters in an open letter to the UK government (opens in new tab) calling on them to crack down on secondary sales.

Scott Munro
Louder e-commerce editor

Scott has spent more than 30 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. After initially joining our news desk in the summer of 2014, he moved to the e-commerce team full-time in 2020. He maintains Louder’s buyer’s guides, scouts out the best deals for music fans and reviews headphones, speakers, books and more. He's written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog and has previous written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky. Scott grew up listening to rock and prog, cutting his teeth on bands such as Marillion and Magnum before his focus shifted to alternative and post-punk in the late 80s. His favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Drab Majesty, but he also still has a deep love of Rush.