Paleo Goes In Six Hours

Paleo-Nyon’s 16th successive sellout was also one of its quickest, as all 200,000 or so tickets to the Swiss festival were gone in six hours.

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There are 8,800 six-day tickets and 26,200 one-day tickets per day. According to Dany Hassenstein, Paleo’s international talent buyer, the only downside was the number of tickets that ended up on the secondary market.

“There’s some frustration if fans are not able to buy a ticket because the event’s sold out, yet there are still tickets available at prices factor x on reselling platforms such as eBay,” he told Pollstar. “They think it’s the event’s fault because we are not preventing it. Although we try very hard, there’s no legal basis to fight against it.”

The measures Paleo’s taken to fight the touts include setting up an online platform to help people exchange or resell unneeded tickets at the original price and without risk, holding back 1,500 tickets per day to weaken the black market, and chasing away touts at the festival gate.

Hassenstein says the festival does its best to get to grips with the problem, which it’s only encountered since the record-breaking sellout of 2009.

He also put the recent spate of quick sellouts down to “all the effort we put together for a decent lineup and all the constant investment we make in our infrastructure.” Paleo won this year’s European Festival Award for health and safety innovation.

The acts causing the rush for tickets for July 22-27 include Elton JohnThe Black KeysThe ProdigyJames BluntM.I.A., and Thirty Seconds To Mars.