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, 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 calling on them to crack down on secondary sales.

Scott Munro
Louder e-commerce editor

Scott has spent 35 years in newspapers, magazines and online as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. Scott joined our news desk in the summer of 2014 before moving to the e-commerce team in 2020. Scott keeps Louder’s buyer’s guides up to date, writes about the best deals for music fans, keeps on top of the latest tech releases and reviews headphones, speakers, earplugs and more. Over the last 10 years, Scott has written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog. He's previously written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald newspapers, covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to tech reviews, video games, travel and whisky. Scott's favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Cocteau Twins, Drab Majesty, Marillion and Rush.