Ticketmaster had to halt sales for Taylor Swift’s shows at which European capital?
And The correct answer is: Paris.
Ticketmaster and Taylor Swift’s “Eras” tour continue to experience trouble, with the latest issue affecting fans trying to purchase tickets for six upcoming shows in Paris and Lyon. After some fans complained about difficulties accessing Ticketmaster’s website, the sale of tickets was suddenly postponed. Ticketmaster’s French Twitter later cited a problem with a third-party provider as the cause. The company assured fans that tickets were still available and that the provider was working to resolve the issue. Impacted fans will be notified of the new on-sale date and time, although these have not yet been specified.
This latest chaos follows the breakdown seen last November during Ticketmaster’s sale of “Eras” tour tickets in the US, where the site crashed during a presale event, and thousands of fans lost tickets after waiting for hours in an online queue. Ticketmaster blamed the overload on both fans and bot attacks, which were posing as consumers in order to buy tickets and sell them on secondary sites. Swift expressed her frustration on behalf of fans, and multiple lawmakers accused Ticketmaster of abusing its power. Federal and state authorities launched investigations into the fiasco.
Ticketmaster, which processes 500 million tickets each year in more than 30 countries, is the world’s largest ticket seller, with around 70% of tickets for major concert venues in the US sold through the platform. The postponement of France ticket sales has rekindled outrage towards the ticket seller. Shubha Ghosh, a Syracuse University law professor specializing in antitrust law, called Ticketmaster a poorly run company whose bad practices stem from its position as a monopolist in the concert ticket distribution space. Swift is wrapping up her US tour and will begin her international shows in Mexico City on August 24, with four Paris concerts scheduled for May 2024 and two Lyon shows for June.