Robert Smith has been going to great lengths to let fans know he’s trying to keep tickets for The Cure’s just-unveiled North American tour affordable, first announcing the band would not use dynamic pricing, which can spike ticket prices amid surging demand.
On Friday, Smith shared a long, typically all-caps statement on social media detailing The Cure’s plan to make the tour “affordable for all fans” and to “stop scalpers from getting in the way.”
Smith writes that The Cure has “a very wide (and we think very fair) range of pricing at every show.” And that appears to be true, with fan site Chain of Flowers noting that the band’s concerts in Tampa and Vancouver are showing ticket prices starting at $21.25 and $25, respectively (higher prices for those stops aren’t yet known). And the venue in Columbia, Maryland, lists tickets as $40 to $150.
Furthermore, Smith continues, the band’s ticketing partners have agreed to not allow fans to transfer their tickets electronically, which will hamper the ability to resell them. But if fans do need to sell their tickets, they’ll be able to do so only at face value through the sellers’ ticket exchanges.
However, laws in the states of New York, Illinois and Colorado apparently prevent this from working — “They actually have laws in place that protect scalpers!” — so Smith urges fans “to buy or sell tickets to one another on face value exchanges like twickets.live and cashortrade.org.” According to Ticketmaster, all tickets will be non-transferrable expect for in those three states, where laws “prohibit artists from restricting resale” of tickets.
Later in the day, Smith noted that no tickets are yet on sale for the North American tour, so any seats listed for sale on secondary ticket sites “are very likely to be fake.” He added that if any of those tickets are found to be real, “we will work with Ticketmaster to cancel them.”
Tickets for The Cure’s North American tour will be available through a Ticketmaster Verified Fan Sale beginning Wednesday, March 15, and it will require pre-registration to access. Fans will be able to register for a maximum of five different shows, and registration closes at 10 a.m. Pacific Monday, March 13.
Head over here for details and to register to buy tickets.
Below, read Smiths’ full statement on ticketing — and check out the tour dates.
The Cure 2023 tour dates
May 10: New Orleans, LA — Smoothie King Center
May 12: Houston, TX — Toyota Center
May 13: Dallas, TX — Dos Equis Pavilion
May 14: Austin, TX — Moody Center
May 16: Albuquerque, NM — Isleta Amphitheater
May 18: Phoenix, AZ — Desert Diamond Arena
May 20: San Diego, CA — NICU Amphitheatre
May 23: Los Angeles, CA — Hollywood Bowl
May 24: Los Angeles, CA — Hollywood Bowl
May 25: Los Angeles, CA — Hollywood Bowl
May 27: San Francisco, CA — Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 1: Seattle, WA — Climate Pledge Arena
June 2: Vancouver, BC — Rogers Arena
June 4: Salt Lake City, UT — Vivint Smart Home Arena
June 6: Denver, CO — Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
June 8: Minneapolis St. Paul, MN — Xcel Energy Center
June 10: Chicago, IL — United Center
June 11: Cleveland, OH — Blossom Music Center
June 13: Detroit, MI — Pine Knob Music Theatre
June 14: Toronto, ON — Budweiser Stage
June 16: Montreal, QC — Bell Centre
June 18: Boston, MA — Xfinity Center
June 20: New York, NY — Madison Square Garden
June 21: New York, NY — Madison Square Garden
June 22: New York, NY — Madison Square Garden
June 24: Philadelphia, PA — Wells Fargo Center
June 25: Columbia, MD — Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 27: Atlanta, GA — State Farm Arena
June 29: Tampa, FL — Amalie Arena
July 1: Miami, FL — Miami-Dade Arena
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