In the light of the fans – and Taylor Swift herself – challenging the highly publicized failure of Ticketmaster and Live Nation Verified Fan Presale, Jack Antonoff has a few choice words to share about the tour industry treatment of artists.
The bleachers The frontman and producer took to Twitter on Friday (November 18) to blast music venues for taking away the revenue new artists have the potential to make from merchandise sales during concerts.
“While we have the discussion, can venues just stop taxing artist merchandising? It’s literally the only way to make money when you start a tour,” he began. “The more we make viable for young and small artists to earn a living on the road, the more great music we will get. Touring is one of the most honest ways to earn a living. Some of the hardest work and most sincere you can do. So why does it take [they] f— artist[s] very difficult?”
The Grammy-winning producer continued: “[Simple] solutions, stop taxing merchandising, stop lying to artists about the costs of presenting shows, include artists in more areas of revenue. The stories I could tell from my years on tour are bananas. Young artists on tour are the last to see money.
Antonoff’s thread comes at what looks like a watershed moment for the music industry. Ticketmaster and Live Nation were slammed by frequent Antonoff contributor Taylor Swifthis fans and his lawmakers after the disastrous sale of tickets for his 2023 The Eras tour.
Failure led the United States The Department of Justice opens an investigation to see if the companies abused their market share in the music industry after 14 million fans tried to access presale, encountered major technical difficulties and failed to obtain tickets , despite entering Ticketmaster’s verified fan presale for the event. “It’s really amazing that 2.4 million people got tickets, but it really pisses me off that a lot of them feel like they’ve suffered multiple bear attacks to get them,” Swift said in a note to fans.
Another collaborator of Antonoff, Lordetalked about the harsh realities of touring in a fan newsletter post, stating, “for nearly every artist selling fewer tickets than me, touring has become a mad struggle to break even or face debt.” According to the “Solar Power” singer, an increase in ticket prices could cover the increased cost of touring, but “no one wants to charge their harassed, extremely compassionate and flexible audience anymore.”
Antonoff, along with the rest of Bleachers, will wrap up the last dates of the band’s How Dare You Want tour on December 3 and 4 at the Zona Festival in Phoenix. The group is confirmed for two festival dates in 2023; the High Water Fest in North Charleston, SC on April 15 and the Adjacent Music Fest in Atlantic City, NJ on May 27.
See Antonoff’s tweets below.