In recent weeks, You Me At Six frontman Josh Franceschi has expressed his distaste towards ticket touting within the entertainment industry in the UK, particularly against ticket tout websites that use bot systems to automatically buy up tickets, and is calling for them to be banned and made illegal.
Franceschi has now appeared before the Parliamentary Culture, Media and Sport select committee to question the practices of secondary ticket websites, and highlighted how “frustrated” not only their fanbase feel, but also how it affects artists on the touring circuit who suffer off the back of this. When asked if their fanbase felt that they as a band were being complicit to all of this, Franceschi explained “Of course, this is why I got involved. It was to make a stand for myself, my bandmates, our peers, but ultimately for the fans.”
You can watch a short video of his hearing with the Parliamentary select committee below:
Speaking further about this with the BBC, he commented, “The main point I wanted to get across is that I want transparency between the consumers and the sellers to live music. Ultimately I don’t want to see the industry that I’ve grown up in and love, shy away from making the right decisions for the people who pump money into it and keep it afloat which is the fans of music. Right now they seem to be the only people that are losing out in this situation and I wanted to act as a voice for them.”
Rules and regulations around the security and reselling of live music, comedy, and sports tickets is currently under review.
You Me At Six are set to release their fifth album, ‘Night People’ on January 13th 2017 through Sony Music.