Councilman Justin Brannan introducing bill banning hidden concert ticket fees
Brooklyn Councilman Justin Brannan, who was in Indecision and Most Precious Blood before taking office, will introduce a bill banning hidden fees on tickets to concerts and sporting events, NY Daily News reports. He would requite ticket sellers to list any fees upfront, along with the ticket price. The bill will be introduced this Wednesday (5/23).
“When I was a touring musician, live shows were about having fun and building a sense of community — not nickel and diming kids who like music,” said Brannan. “Ticket prices in our city are already through the roof. New Yorkers don’t need big retailers making things worse by hiding extra fees until the very end of a sale. Nobody wants to click on a ticket that costs $50, fill in their name, address, telephone number, email, and credit card information, and then find out it actually costs $100 or more.”
Though the bill won’t affect how much ticket sellers can charge for their fees, Brannan hopes the transparency may influence sellers to not charge such high fees. “Hopefully it would shame some of these folks. Hopefully if they had to be transparent about it they’d be more fair.”