Brooklyn Councilman Justin Brannan is introducing a bill on Wednesday that would ban hidden fees for concerts and sport events. Hidden fees are the ones that appear after you make the decision to buy a ticket and are not including in the upfront price of a ticket. So when you see a $25 ticket, but in the end it comes out to $35 because of fees, the ticket would then have to be originally advertised as $35 if the company is forced to be upfront about their fees.
"When I was a touring musician, live shows were about having fun and building a sense of community — not nickel and diming kids who like music," said Brannan (D-Brooklyn), via The Daily News. Brennan was in two bands, Indecision and Most Precious Blood before taking office, so he knows.
"Ticket prices in our city are already through the roof. New Yorkers don't need big retailers making things worse by hiding extra fees until the very end of a sale," he said. "Nobody wants to click on a ticket that costs $50, fill in their name, address, telephone number, email, and credit card information, and then find out it actually costs $100 or more."
The bill likely won’t lower fees, but there is a chance that it could in some instances on cheap tickets if companies have to be transparent about their fees up front.