Taylor Swift’s presale for her upcoming Eras Tour went off with several glitches Tuesday with Ticketmaster failing to keep up with the unprecedented demand to its site.
While many were quick to share their ire online, U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded to the hiccup by pointing to a real problem that has very little to do with Swift’s popularity: Ticketmaster’s monopolization of the live music industry.
“Daily reminder that Ticketmaster is a monopoly,” AOC wrote on Twitter. “It’s merger with LiveNation should never have been approved, and they need to be reigned in. Break them up.”
While the congresswoman’s timing was only a winking nod to the turmoil in the Swift fandom, one astute Swiftie quickly responded to AOC’s tweet: “You couldn’t get tickets either huh?”
Another follower, Forbes writer Paul Tassi, retweeted AOC with the caption, “I too also did not get Taylor Swift tickets,” later adding, “to be clear she [AOC] is right and I am not being sarcastic.”
Daily reminder that Ticketmaster is a monopoly, it’s merger with LiveNation should never have been approved, and they need to be reigned in.
Break them up.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 15, 2022
AOC’s blasting of Ticketmaster and Live Nation Entertainment at large comes while more concertgoers are decrying the company’s stranglehold on ticket prices and accusing them of abusing their power. While Ticketmaster and Live Nation have long been prominent sellers for live events, AOC’s tweet questions their 2009 merger and whether or not the company has violated the conditions that legalized that deal.
So back to Swift’s Eras Tour: As part of the Ticketmaster Verified Plan program, emails went out to Swift fans Monday, who were then granted presale access via text messages with unique codes for every user. But allegedly, not all access codes were saved correctly on Ticketmaster’s backend, which led to purchasing queues freezing and Ticketmaster ultimately pulling plug altogether and delaying sales to Tuesday afternoon.
Ticketmaster said with the announcement that “hundreds of thousands of tickets have been sold” with “historically unprecedented demand,” but due to the volume of interest in the tour, they were unexpectedly forced to delay the presale window for West Coast sales in cities like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Santa Clara and Seattle from 10 a.m. local to 3 p.m.
“Thank you for your patience as we continue managing this huge demand,” they tweeted from their official account.
Of course, AOC was not the only witness upset by this turn of events. Read on for more fan reactions to “The Great War” of Swift’s Eras Tour ticket presale below.
Everyone frantically moving their afternoon meetings because Ticketmaster forgot that Taylor Swift is kind of a big deal https://t.co/qQVwVTkAxN
— Emily Calandrelli (@TheSpaceGal) November 15, 2022
When Taylor said “meet me at midnight,” I wasn’t anticipating that meaning I’d be in the Ticketmaster queue until then.
— “It’s Holli, isn’t it?” (@holliswift13) November 15, 2022
My Taylor Swift group texts are basically the situation room right now
— carina adly mackenzie (@cadlymack) November 15, 2022
what is joe biden’s plan to unpause the ticketmaster queue for taylor swift’s eras tour
— kay (@slutforfeelings) November 15, 2022
Being a Taylor Swift fan is fun except when it’s war.
— Alex Goldschmidt (parody) (@alexandergold) November 15, 2022
when taylor swift wrote “the great war” she was actually preparing us for the Battle of Ticketmaster. her mind!
— ellie schnitt (@holy_schnitt) November 15, 2022
Taylor Swift should legit start a competitor to Ticketmaster. That is all.
— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) November 15, 2022
If you are in line for Taylor Swift's presale tickets … STAY IN LINE. It is your constitutional right.
— Nicole Cobler (@nicolecobler) November 15, 2022
tragic: according to instagram stories the worst person you know got a taylor swift presale code
— Chelsea Cirruzzo (@ChelseaCirruzzo) November 14, 2022
me stepping into the arena to buy taylor swift tickets today https://t.co/kHtp1V2gKR
— Ashlee Latimer (@ALNL) November 15, 2022
this is how ticketmaster decides who gets taylor swift tickets pic.twitter.com/Ma9yp4AxGa
— Vincent Martella (@VinMan17) November 15, 2022