Today Radiohead tickets went on sale for their Australian part of tour. This was definitely no piece of cake. The Australian side of the tour is being organised by Chugg Entertainment a company that began in 2000 after Michael Chugg left Frontier Touring Company “to form his own entertainment company: Michael Chugg Entertainment (MCE). In its first year of operation, MCE produced and promoted 19 national tours featuring international artists and 5 national tours featuring Australian artists”. So what does this have to do with anything? Well Chugg Entertainment chose Ticketek to sell Radiohead tickets. The problem with this? Ticket scalping.
Lucky for Queenslanders we’re protected by anti-scalping legislation, which stops ticket scalping gaining more than 10% profit of original ticket price. But this definitely hasn’t worked. So what to do? Well in the UK Radiohead has already signed to fan-to-fan orientated Ticket Trust.
“As Billboard points out, Ticket Trust was established in 2011 by the U.K. Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) and U.K.-based merch and e-commerce company Sandbag to offer a secure ethical alternative to the thriving secondary ticket market. The independently run Trust, which has previously partnered with a number of U.K. festivals, including Secret Garden Party, Bestival and Creamfields, provides a platform for fans to buy and sell tickets at face value, plus a handling fee, capped at 10%, payable by the buyer”. (ateaseweb.com)
What to expect this tour? Well information from their current tour which has kicked off in Miami on the 27th of Feb, tells us that this tour is “to support The King of Limbs, the band’s most recent album”.(Concerttour.org)
“The King of Limbs was released digitally on February 18 and in physical form the following month. Though the band has not toured in support of the record thus far, they have made several appearances, including performances on “The Colbert Report,” “Saturday Night Live,” and two shows at New York’s Roseland Ballroom in October”. (Concerttour.org)
The most exciting part about this tour came from the lead man himself Thom Yorke “who mentioned every night is going to be different”. (Glidemagazine.com)
And here is an example of what to come:
Set: Bloom, The Daily Mail, Morning Mr. Magpie, Staircase, The National Anthem, Meeting In the Aisle, Kid A, The Gloaming, Codex, You and Whose Army?, Nude, Identikit, Lotus Flower, There There, Feral, Idioteque, Seperator
Encore 1: Airbag, Bodysnatchers, Cut a Hole*, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
Encore 2: Give Up The Ghost, Reckoner, Karma Police
* – w/ Clive Deamer on Piano
I can’t wait till November when Radiohead are in Australia! If you could like to follow their tour go here @radioheadlive