Midwest Brief: Metro Ditches TicketBastard

Today, local blog Chicagoist reported that the Metro has decided to ditch Ticketmaster, and move all ticketing services for the Metro and SmartBar in-house.


This is a huge move considering the venue is 25 years old and has had a long-standing relationship with the event-ticketing overlords. The fact that it could signal the beginning of the end for TM amuses the hell out of this guy. It shows other venues that utilizing Ticketmaster’s “service” is no longer a necessity, which should (hopefully) bring costs down for us.

Props to Metro for being so in-touch with their audience and having the confidence to know they’ll remain one of the Midwest’s premiere rock clubs.

Somewhere, Eddie Vedder is smirking over a bottle of red wine.

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