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SSE Hydro to be quizzed over TM future

Council leaders in Glasgow are set to quiz the SSE Hydro bosses about the future of its ticketing relationship with Ticketmaster.

Glasgow council leader Susan Aitken told the Daily Record newspaper that a fresh look could be taken about provision at the 13,000-capacity venue, which is 90-per-cent owned by Glasgow City Council.

Some fans are unhappy about Ticketmaster’s involvement, particularly due to its ownership of resale site GetMeIn!

And after AEG brought in its AXS Marketplace to replace StubHub at The O2, with other venues striking up partnerships with platforms such as Twickets, Aitken pledged to question fellow stakeholders in the Scottish Event Campus, which runs the Hydro, on what can be done to protect fans from touts.

According to the Daily Record, Aitken said: “This is obviously a matter for SEC – but it seems clear that the world of ticketing and events has changed considerably since the contract began four years ago.

“I’m looking forward to another update at our next board meeting on where the SEC are with Ticketmaster, what the management’s early thoughts are regarding the way forward, and what recent dialogue we have had with the ticketing partner.

“Crucially, discussions will continue about what is best for fans and the fan experience, which I think is of paramount importance.”