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Eavis has 'easy solution' to touting
Michael Eavis
Michael Eavis has been running the Glastonbury festival since 1970
A committee of MPs has resisted calls for ticket touts to be banned, saying instead that artist should be given a share of profits when tickets are sold on.

Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis explains why he thinks their report does not go anywhere near far enough.

I'm dead set against touting for all manner of reasons. It should be banned.

The bands get fed up of these resales because they're not getting anything out of it. The bands are entitled to a proportion of the money because that's what people are paying for - to see the band.

We've learnt from what's happened and we applied a farmer's solution and it works and doesn't cost anything

The bands are upset about not getting a cut. Touting is an absolutely disaster all the way around.

Why don't they do what we're doing at Glastonbury - getting people to pre-register and putting photos on tickets? Why don't they enforce that?

It costs about a pound a ticket to put a photo on there and then everyone's happy. People don't get fleeced - there's no massive profiteering - and there's no grief from the council.

I don't see why we shouldn't have legislation banning touting. I'm not a big one for making more laws, that's not my style at all.

But I don't know why they don't make recommendations and follow what we've done.

'Whitewash'

We're just farmers - we've been doing this for 28 years. We've learnt from what's happened and we applied a farmer's solution and it works and doesn't cost anything.

I wish they'd phoned me but maybe they don't know who I am

People don't mind pre-registering.

It's a bit tedious but they do it - we have 400,000 pre-registered and sales of 145,000.

No-one's spoken to me about this from the committee - it's an easy problem to solve and it just takes a bit of lateral thinking.

I wish they'd phoned me but maybe they don't know who I am. I don't know who they are - what are their names? It's not Whitehall - it's more like whitewash.

About 10 years ago, someone realised they could make a profit from selling their ticket.

They sent a card saying they'd sold their ticket because it was more profitable and had gone to Egypt. What use is that to me?

The solution is just to have photos and that's the end of it.

It's cheap, easy technology - what's 1 on a 150 ticket? - and it gives a guarantee.


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