When Hayley Kiyoko announced that she'd be doing a European Tour for the first time, we were ecstatic. Lesbian Jesus was about to hit us with a selection of European dates and we were ready to welcome her to the UK with shows in Manchester and London.
Demand was so high for her first European appearance that tickets 'sold out' in seconds, with the Manchester Academy Club and O2 Islington proving a modest selection of venue for the thousands of fans that wanted to see Hayley for the first time.
Fans took to social media in desperation, unable to get tickets, wanting someone to hear them. Our CEO Luke tweeted his frustration to which Hayley responded.
And look into it she did, she heard us and she took action. We know Hayley Kiyoko cares for her fans, we know she wants what's best for us. Hayley later told us that she'd upgraded all her venues to get more of us in, she added an extra date for London and also added a few VIP upgrades. She did everything she could...
Fast-forward to today, or yesterday and Hayley's new year tour dates are on pre-sale. Hayley is returning with a 19 date European tour including UK dates in Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and London.
Brilliant! She heard us once more, loads more tour dates, bigger venues, we're bound to get a ticket now, you'd think...
But here it is once again, tickets haven't even gone on general sale, presale only started yesterday but already 100's of tickets have appeared on resale sites for extortionate prices.
How is this happening? Why is this happening? Hayley's response here suggests that she doesn't even know what's going on either. This isn't fair, Hayley has done all she can to satisfy her fanbase, but she can't control every aspect of her tour, she sees that we're disappointed once again. Just another example of the lack of transparency that's around the industry.
It poses the question once again, do fans even stand a chance? That's why we want to work directly with artists!