Gang of Youths taking on “disgraceful” Viagogo

Calling it a “disgraceful and disruptive scam,” Gang of Youths is organizing an effort that it hopes will eventually kick Viagogo out of Australia.

The band posted Monday on both its Facebook and Instagram accounts, asking music fans and business owners to come forward with stories about how the online ticket resale marketplace has negatively impacted them:

There is an opportunity to help eradicate this business from Australia. We are calling for as many examples of how this fraudulent operation has affected your business, additionally, we are encouraging artists to also post on their socials so fans can reply with real-life examples of how they have been affected by Viagogo. We intend to give this documentation to the Opposition Party to form part of their campaign pledge to have this site closed down.

People with a story or information to share are asked to send an email to [email protected] by Wednesday.

Gang of Youths also called out Viagogo earlier this year when tickets for its Australian tour dates went on sale, warning fans in all caps, “DO NOT BUY A TICKET FROM VIAGOGO.”

Viagogo operates in more than 60 countries worldwide. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has sued the company, claiming deceptive business practices. Viagogo is under investigation in the UK, where a government minister has told fans that, if they have to use a secondary site to buy tickets, “don’t choose Viagogo – they are the worst.”

Dave Le’aupepe will present at the ARIA Awards next week

Looks like there won’t be a Gang of Youths performance, but Dave L. has been announced as one of the presenters at next week’s ARIA Awards in Sydney.

It happens next Wednesday night, November 28, at the Star Event Centre — one year to the date that GOY cleaned up at the 2017 ARIAs. Last year, the band won for Best Group, Best Rock Album (Go Farther In Lightness), Album of the Year (GFIL) and Producer of the Year (with Adrian Breakspear for GFIL). They also performed a killer version of “What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?” (watch on YouTube)

This year, the band is nominated twice:

  • Best Australian Live Act (for the 2017 National Tour)
  • Best Video (with Patrick Rohl for “The Heart Is A Muscle”)

So Dave being a presenter works out perfectly — if GOY wins one or both of those awards, he’ll be there to collect the band’s hardware.

The ARIA’s will air next week on the Nine Network.

Gang of Youths sets new Enmore Theatre record

Six sold-out shows in one tour at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre? That’s never been done before. Well, until now.

Gang of Youths just set a new record with those six sellouts at the Enmore, according to The Music. The first of those six had to be postponed due to illness, but hey … a record is a record.

The Enmore holds 2,500 for a concert, so that means 15,000 tickets sold for this run of six shows. Earlier on the Say Yes To Life tour, GOY sold out eight shows at The Forum in Melbourne. With a capacity there of 2,000, that’s 16,000 tickets sold in Melbourne.

The numbers beg a question: Is it time for Gang of Youths to move up to bigger venues in Australia? Could they play bigger venues next time around (if they want to)? As a North American, I can’t claim to be super knowledgeable about Australian concert venues. So I’ve posed that same question in our forum: Time for bigger venues in Australia? Please chime in with your thoughts.

(Photo by Bruce via Creative Commons.)