Spotify is selling tickets directly to fans in its latest test

Spotify has quietly launched a new website where fans can buy tickets to their favorite artists’ concerts directly from the streaming platform. There is no fanfare surrounding the launch of Spotify Tickets as it is strictly a test product at the moment and will only be selling pre-sale tickets for a limited number of upcoming artist events. Portal debut artists include Limbeck, Annie DiRusso, Dirty Honey, Crows, TOKiMONSTA, Four Year Strong and Osees. Corresponding Musicallythe Spotify tickets that go on sale today come from the artists’ pre-sale contingents for upcoming concerts.

The music streaming service already has a live event feed in the app where it links to ticketing partners including Ticketmaster, AXS, DICE, Eventbrite and See Tickets. As TechCrunch Note that the events listed on the new website are not yet available in the live events feed, although this may change in the future. The official Spotify Tickets support page states that the company itself sells tickets on behalf of event partners such as venues, promoters, fan clubs and artists. That means these partners set the prices of the tickets, but Spotify charges a booking fee, which it promises to make it clear to buyers before they hit the buy button.

The service could become an important source of income for artists who would rather sell their tickets themselves. It could also help ensure tickets are bought by real fans and not scalpers. The service’s support page states that buyers may only “resell, assign, or transfer” tickets in select states. And since buyers must present government-issued ID to attend an event, they must transfer ownership of a ticket if they decide to sell it. The process is quite complicated and requires sellers to contact Spotify to change the name associated with a ticket.

Spotify has informed us that there isn’t much to share at the moment as the service is only a test. There is currently no official launch date for the product — or even any assurances that it will come out of testing. The spokesperson said: “At Spotify, we routinely test new products and ideas to improve our user experience. Some of these end up paving the way for our broader user experience and others just serve as key insights. Tickets.spotify.com is our latest test. We have no further news about future plans at this time.”

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