The Cure Forced Ticketmaster To Refund Fans Portion Of ‘Unduly High’ Fees

  • Fans of The Cure who bought tickets to their US tour on Ticketmaster could see between $5 and $10 paid back into their accounts.
  • Robert Smith, the band’s co-founder and lead singer, tweeted to fans on Mar. 16 that he was “as sickened as you all are” by exorbitant fees on Ticketmaster ticket sales.
  • The British rock band had deliberately kept ticket prices low—“I felt like I was spending 1989 money today to buy these tickets,” one user tweeted—and only opted for the Verified Fan program, which allows them to partake in an advance sale.
  • The intention of the program is to fight scalpers, who use bots to purchase tickets in bulk to resell them at higher prices.