A new campaign body was launched today to campaign on a issue that has been troubling the music industry (as well as the sports and other industries which rely on ticketing) for a number of years.

Previously the sports and music industries have tried to use pre-existing laws to tackle secondary ticketing and touting, with the RFU taking action against Viagogo seeking disclosure of the details of the people selling the tickets and music festivals seeking to impose greater crosschecks on people entering the festivals site.

This new body is however seeking additional legislative powers or restraints to enable the music industry or other bodies (such as trading standards) to take action to prevent the purchasing and resale of tickets for a commercial profit.

Those objectives are at odds with the conclusion of the Government’s recently published report into the secondary ticketing market which recommended greater enforcement of the existing rights including the recent additional requirements imposed under the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

The managers of PJ Harvey, Arctic Monkeys, One Direction and Mumford & Sons today announced the launch of a new anti-touting campaign at a press conference at Somerset House in London.