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Dylan takes a stand against ticket touts


Bob Dylan is refusing to sell advanced tickets to an upcoming concert in a bid to tackle internet resellers and give fans an equal chance to catch him live.

Tickets for the folk singer's concert at The Warfield in San Francisco on Wednesday will be sold at the door. Fans will be permitted to line up at midday but will only be allowed to buy one ticket each, in cash.

The plan was established to prevent touts from purchasing large batches of tickets and selling them for an inflated cost online. It will also eliminate handling and processing fees.

David Lefkowitz, the vice president of booking for promoters Goldenvoice, says, "Given the state of touring and how fees have escalated, it was a real breath of fresh air to do something very consumer oriented by eliminating all ticketing charges; it's almost a throwback to another time.

"It's been almost 20 years since Bob Dylan played The Warfield and in my opinion, he is an artist that needs no big promotions or hoopla. He comes, he plays, and it's an incredible experience."