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Matthew Knowles won’t return the phone calls of The Boston Globe newspaper who ran a story on Beyonce’s camp marking up good concert tickets near the stage 300-400% and selling them online.
Some of the best seats for Beyonce Knowles’s 37-city summer tour, including an Aug. 12 Boston show, are being auctioned on a website that caters to ticket scalpers. Most of the tickets for the pop star’s performance at the TD Banknorth Garden are on sale through Ticketmaster, which has an exclusive contract with the Garden to sell its tickets. But a small number of seats near the stage are up for auction at much higher prices on StubHub, the San Francisco-based online marketplace for ticket resellers. Officials connected with the Beyonce tour and StubHub declined to comment on the ticketing arrangement.Music industry officials say tour revenue has become increasingly important as CD sales have declined in recent years. Some artists have tried selling tickets directly to the public, bypassing promoters, concert venues, and ticket companies, selling seats to the highest bidder.
Ticketmaster, the nation’s domi nant ticketing firm, sued StubHub in April for interfering with Ticketmaster’s exclusive contracts to sell tickets at many US concert venues. A Ticketmaster spokeswoman declined to comment on the Beyonce ticket situation.In an interview last week, Mathew Knowles , Beyonce’s father and manager, said he didn’t know how concert tickets for his daughter’s tour ended up on StubHub. Knowles said he would investigate, but since then has not returned phone calls.
Message Board Beyonce Selling Concert Tickets? The most expensive ticket currently available on Ticketmaster for Beyonce’s concert at the Garden is a floor seat for $97.25, with Ticketmaster and the building tacking on extra fees of at least $13.95. Typically, a concert tour’s promoter pockets a percentage of the face value of every ticket. By contrast, StubHub is auctioning premium seats to the Garden show with initial bids starting at $250 to $300. Winning bidders will also receive special commemorative tickets and an autographed Beyonce photograph. The StubHub website, stubhub.com, says a percentage of the ticket sale price will benefit the Survivor Foundation, a Houston-based disaster-relief charity founded by Beyonce.
On a different section of the StubHub website, fans who have already purchased tickets to Beyonce’s Boston show at the Garden are trying to resell them at prices ranging from $100 to $1,915.
For all the cult Beyonce stans out there in Albany, she just canceled her show.
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