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FEAT reaffirms focus on Europe-wide ban on ticket resale above face-value

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The Face-value European Alliance for Ticketing (FEAT) has reaffirmed its dedication to campaign for a Europe-wide ban on ticket resale above face-value, at its recent general meeting. 

FEAT also revealed plans for an international consumer awareness initiative, aimed at educating fans on the risks of purchasing tickets from uncapped secondary ticketing platforms.

The organisation, along with a number of live event operations across Europe including BDKV, the European Music Managers Alliance, the European Arenas Association, FanFair Alliance, FRC  and Pearle – Live Performance Europe, is currently working on the messaging and strategy of the educational plans. 

The general meeting was held in Barcelona, and saw board members refocus their priorities after the recent success of its campaign for tougher regulation of online marketplaces through the European Union’s Digital Services Act. 

The Act was approved by the European Council earlier this month, and FEAT played a part in the establishment of key amendments to the legislation, enforcing stricter due diligence requirements for online marketplaces, and greater transparency for consumers. 

FEAT has also recently welcomed new members to the team including Chris Ortiz, director of Cordova-based Riff Producciones, and Iñigo Argomaniz, chief executive of Get In, based in San Sebastián. 

FEAT director Neo Sala, who is also founder and chief executive of Doctor Music, said: “It’s great to finally meet again in person and welcome more new faces among us. There’s a renewed energy to tackle touting, and we have been invigorated by positive changes in national and EU legislation over the last year – demonstrated not least in MCT-Agentur and Rammstein’s recent injunction against Viagogo in Germany.”