Tegan And Sara Combat Secondary Ticket Sites

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Tegan and Sara took a bold step on Tuesday to combat sales of their concert tickets on the secondary market.

The Canadian pop duo offered “real fans” the opportunity to see the show on a pay-what-you-can basis.

“It has come to our attention that significant numbers of tickets to our show tonight in San Francisco were unethically gobbled up by secondary ticketing platforms during our tour onsale in July,” they explained via social media. "While the show tonight is technically sold out, many of these tickets are now being flooded back into the market for re-sale. Because there is little time to sell and we never ask our fans to go to secondary sites, this will likely result in empty seats tonight.”

The Quin sisters said they were launching an experiment wherein open seats will be given to fans in exchange for a cash donation to The Tegan and Sara Foundation.

“After analyzing the secondary sites, we estimate we may have over 200 seats to fill at the last minute tonight,” they said.

Tegan and Sara are currently on their Hey, I’m Just Like You tour in support of their just-released album of the same name. They play Vancouver on Saturday followed by shows in Edmonton on Oct. 9, their hometown Calgary on Oct. 10, Winnipeg on Oct. 12, Toronto on Oct. 18 and 19, Ottawa on Oct. 22, and Montreal on Oct. 23.

All those shows are technically sold out, but Tegan and Sara promised: “We will be continuing to work on this frustrating problem this week and will keep everyone posted on rush seating and ticket availability to upcoming shows.”

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It has come to our attention that significant numbers of tickets to our show tonight in San Francisco were unethically gobbled up by secondary ticketing platforms during our tour onsale in July. While the show tonight is technically sold out, many of these tickets are now being flooded back into the market for re-sale. Because there is little time to sell and we never ask our fans to go to secondary sites, this will likely result in empty seats tonight in the Sydney Goldstein Theater. Our goal is to ensure that our real fans are in each and every seat, and to prevent secondary platforms from hurting our show. As an experiment, tonight in San Francisco we will be offering rush seating for all open seats, at approximately 8:15pm. This means that we will allow any empty seats to be available on a "first come first serve” basis in return for a “pay what you can” cash donation at the door to The Tegan and Sara Foundation, which works to support LGBTQ+ girls and women. After analyzing the secondary sites, we estimate we may have over 200 seats to fill at the last minute tonight. We would ask you to line up at the venue in the evening for the chance to be admitted into the show at 8:15pm, but note we can’t guarantee seat availability. We will be continuing to work on this frustrating problem this week and will keep everyone posted on rush seating and ticket availability to upcoming shows. We can’t wait to see you! xo Tegan and Sara

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