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Concert Promoter Dropping Service Fee For A Day

Of the Oakland Press

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Concert tickets without service fees? No way.


Leading concert promoter Live Nation has announced a new No Service Fee Wednesday (NFSW) promotions during which it will drop service fees for lawn tickets on its amphitheater shows, including local venues such as the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Independence Township, the Meadow Brook Music Festival in Rochester Hills and Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights. The first NFSW takes place this Wednesday (June 3), with tickets available all day without the service fee that's usually tacked onto telephone and Internet orders and can add up to another one-third to the ticket price.

Live Nation plans to roll out a series of service fee promotions throughout the summer, but a Palace Sports & Entertainment spokesman says the organization has signed on only for the first week at this point and will evaluate after Wednesday's inaugural sale.

Live Nation Ticketing CEO Nathan Hubbard told Billboard.com that the company is also addressing other ticket fee concerns based on consumer feedback.

Live Nation Ticketing launched in January as a competitor to Ticketmaster. The two companies are seeking to merge operations pending government approval.

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