July 23, 2013


Paramore Combat Scalpers Using Paperless Tickets

Ollie Millington/Redferns via Getty Images
Ollie Millington/Redferns via Getty Images

On their upcoming fall tour with Metric and Hellogoodbye, Paramore are taking on the scourge of the live music experience: Scalpers. 

Singer Hayley Williams, bassist Jeremy Davis and guitarist Taylor York penned an online letter explaining their plan to circumvent scoundrels who scoop up prime seats at hot-ticket shows and resell them for insane amounts. 

"First and foremost, it is of utmost importance to us that every ticket we sell is affordable to our fans," Paramore announced. "Seriously, we fight people about this! It's a big deal to us." To that end, the band are working with venues to create "paperless ticketing" for the seats closest to the stage. So you can only get access to those seats by showing your photo ID at Will Call—that way, only the people actually watching the show will have access to the prime seats.

Although the band announced this will be their policy going forward for every tour, they acknowledged this approach may not work at certain venues. "There may be times where we can't do any or all of this, but we'll do our best to let you know," the trio wrote. "Since day one, we have always made sure to put our fans first. Yeah, it probably sounds super cliche but honestly, we couldn't do this without you and we know that."

Check out Paramore's 27-date fall tour, then hear what Hayley told Fuse News about being labeled "punk's perfect role model."