Rage Against The Machine outline plan to combat scalpers

The rockers wage battle against scalpers whilst raising money for charitable causes.

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Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine performs as part of Prophets Of Rage on stage at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on August 12, 2019 in London, England. Image: Ollie Millington / Redferns

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Rage Against The Machine have come up with a tactic to combat scalpers while raising money for charitable causes.

According to a statement on the band’s website, they’ve encountered “scalpers and broker sites” that have created fake listings for RATM shows. “We want to do everything we can to protect our fans from predatory scalping and, at the same time, raise a substantial amount of money for charities and activist organizations we support in each city”, the band wrote on their website.

They added that that at many shows, “up to 50% of the seating is scooped up by scalpers” and then resold at exorbitant prices. In the same statement, RATM say they’re doing “everything [they] can” to protect 90% of their tickets from scalpers, and will hold 10% of the tickets themselves. The latter will be sold at a higher price than usual, but still lower than scalper prices. Most importantly, the proceeds of these sales will go to charities.

“We will donate 100% of the money over the fees and base ticket price to charities and activist organizations in each city”, the band said. “We are confident this will help many more fans get tickets at face value and put a big dent in the aftermarket gouging. We hate scalping as much as you do and will continue to try to find ways to combat it.”

Rage Against The Machine announced the Public Service Announcement tour last November, denoting the end of their nine-year-long hiatus. The tour will span seven months, which includes performances at this year’s Coachella on 10 and 17 April, as well as headlining slots at the Leeds and Reading Festival.

Get your tickets to the Public Service Announcement tour at tour.ratm.com.

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