Austin-based C3 Presents has announced that it will no longer tack on service charges to ticket prices at the three major festivals it produces, including the Austin City Limits Music Festival Sept. 14- 16 in Zilker Park. "There is an expense to ticketing, but that will be figured into the ticket price," said C3’s Charlie Walker. "But now there will be no surprises. If a show is advertised at $100, that’s what it will cost, not $114 after service charges."
Walker said fans have long complained about hidden charges, which inspired the "no service charge" change, which will first go into effect at Lollapalooza Aug. 3-5 at Chicago's Grant Park. Other promoters have suspended service and handling charges on occasional events, but Walker says he thinks this is the first time it’s become policy for festival promoters. The Lollapalooza lineup, announced Thursday, is headlined by Pearl Jam, Ben Harper, the Stooges, Muse, Modest Mouse and Daft Punk. Tickets are $195 for a three-day package.
The ACL Fest ticket price will be announced next week.
Friday, April 13, 2007
No Service Charges...