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Crackdown on the touts.

SCOTLAND'S top concert promoter has backed the Sunday Mail's campaign to end rip-off ticket prices.

Geoff Ellis of DF Concerts, which runs T In The Park, said he was investigating high-charging outlets and vowed to crack down on "online ticket touts".

He said: "The sale of concert tickets through agencies is a big issue for the music industry and, like all UK promoters, DF Concerts works hard to make the process of buying tickets fair and convenient for music fans.

"Online and phone purchasing is the best way to do this and ensures people who don't want to queue and turn up in person to buy their tickets - or who can't for reasons of location, time constraint, age or disability - have a fair chance.

"As a result, all promoters use ticket agents and it's accepted that charges will be part of the package to cover costs and to allow agencies to make a legitimate business profit.

"Nobody wants to revert to the days when queuing at the venue or sending a cheque in the post and hoping for the best were the only options and today's system is equitable in comparison.

"We accept however that problems exist with the system and DF Concerts is already investigating issues at specific outlets relating to ticket charges and allocation which are causing great concern for all promoters and music fans in Scotland.

"With regard to the online availability of tickets at vastly inflated prices, this is the equivalent of online touting and, like all issues relating to ticket touts, we have it under constant investigation and welcome any additional information to assist our efforts. Our advice to music fans is: buy from an official outlet."
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 23, 2003
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