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Ban ticket resellers from making profit in UK, say musicians’ managers

Music industry figures want ministers to follow Ireland and France’s lead and stop touts from making huge mark-ups

Resale of event tickets for profit should be outlawed, the managers of artists have said, as they called on ministers to reconsider a crackdown on touts and “rip-offs” on websites such as Viagogo and StubHub.

Music industry figures, including those who work with Radiohead and Ed Sheeran, threw their weight behind proposals to curb “secondary ticketing” websites, which allow fans to resell seats they are unable to use but that are increasingly dominated by professional touts charging high prices at a huge mark-up.

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