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Chainsmokers show investigated for lack of social distancing

Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, says the US state’s health authorities will investigate a drive-in concert featuring the Chainsmokers, held last weekend, for alleged social distancing violations.

In the Know Experiences’ Safe & Sound Hamptons, which took place near Southampton, New York, on Saturday 25 July, had capacity for around 600 cars, and also featured performances by DJ D-Sol and Southampton’s town supervisor, Jay Schneiderman’s, band.

While organisers say the show followed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, according to Reuters, Cuomo is not convinced, claiming video from the event shows “egregious social distancing violations” on the part of attendees, many of whom appeared to have left their cars:

Cuomo, who says he is “appalled” by the video, has ordered the New York Department of Health to conduct an investigation into the show.

According to In the Know, a luxury travel company, the Hamptons concert is the first in a planned series of drive-in concerts taking place “throughout the USA”.

Tickets for the event cost between US$1,250 and $25,000, with profits going to several local charities.

 


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Chainsmokers back blockchain ticketer YellowHeart

Electronic dance music (EDM) stars the Chainsmokers, along with manager Adam Alpert, have lent their support to YellowHeart, a blockchain ticketing platform led by music industry executive Josh Katz.

Katz, a former record company executive and the founder of corporate subscription music provider El Media Group, plans to launch YellowHeart next year, as a “socially responsible live event ticketing platform”.

YellowHeart allows artists, organisers and venue operators to set a maximum resale price and dictate how profits are divided.

The platform is fully decentralised and runs on a public blockchain, allowing those selling the tickets to identify and sell directly to fans.

“The plague of the scalping industry is something I’ve talked to artists and friends about for years, and with the unprecedented growth of this underground system, we knew it was time to find a real solution,” says YellowHeart founder and CEO Katz.

“Blockchain offers us the unique ability to track the entire ticketing lifecycle, which means the tickets end up in the hands of the fans, and no one else”

“While technology and secondary ticketing sites are to blame for the growth of scalpers, we believe that technology is also our solution,” continues Katz. “Blockchain offers us the unique ability to track the entire ticketing lifecycle, which means the tickets end up in the hands of the fans, and no one else.”

Alpert, CEO of Disruptor Records and the manager of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, known as the Chainsmokers, adds that the duo have been “outspoken” about the issue of ticket touting.

“We are excited to partner with YellowHeart to provide a smart and effective solution that gives control back to artists and fans,” says Alpert.

Blockchain is one of a range of new technologies changing the ways tickets are sold. Read more about the different tools ticketing firms are using in IQ‘s International Ticketing Yearbook 2019.

Authenticity, AR, facial recognition: The future of ticket tech


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Cheap Live Nation tickets for Tinder users

Live Nation has announced a new partnership with mobile dating app Tinder, providing users of the app with US$30 tickets to concerts by the Chainsmokers, Asap Ferg and more for an “epic first date”.

To access the discounted tickets, Tinder users in the United States must swipe right when they come across a tour profile card. A link will then lead to a landing page featuring all tour and ticket information. The promotion will run until the end of October.

Tickets are available in select US cities for twelve concert tours for shows by the Chainsmokers, Asap Ferg, Logic, Lukas Graham, Meek Mill, Gesaffelstein, Gloria Trevi, Gryffin the Head and the Heart, Sabrina Claudio and Young Thug.

Users can also access discounted tickets for the alchemy tour, featuring Nghtmare and Slander.

The initiative is not the first partnership between the dating app and live music giants. In May, Tinder teamed up with Live Nation and AEG to create “Festival Mode”, allowing users to match with fellow festivalgoers before attending events in the United States, the UK and Australia.

 

 


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