The curator of a highly anticipated music and arts festival has called out individuals and organisations for buying tickets to resell at inflated prices.
Brian Ritchie is the bass player for rock band The Violent Femmes and the curator of MONA FOMA, which kicks off in Launceston this weekend, and said the practice, known as scalping, hurts artists and fans.
"The entertainment industry has always been full of slippery creatures exploiting artists, and now ticket on-sellers are manipulating the wild western frontier known as the internet to fleece the public," Mr Ritchie said.
"As both an organiser and a musician, I want ticket holders to have legitimate access to our festival and events at the appropriate price.
"This will not happen when dealing with scalpers and fraudulent operators."
As of Friday afternoon, MONA FOMA weekends tickets were being sold on website ViaGoGo for more than double the festival's original price.
Similarly, tickets to the upcoming Big Bash cricket match in Launceston on January 19 were being sold at more than five times the original price.
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ViaGoGo has previously been the target of action by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which received upwards of 3500 public complaints about the company.
Shadow consumer affairs minister Jen Butler called on the state government to introduce legislation which would restrict ViaGoGo's practices.
"Fans face huge mark-ups, and no benefits flow to the artists or athletes," Ms Butler said.
She wants to see restrictions include the banning of the sale of tickets for more than 10 per cent the original price, the banning of "ticket bots" which she said scalpers use to "harvest tickets as soon as they become available" and for it be an offence to host advertisements for ticket sales contravening such bans.
She said Tasmania is the only Australian state without laws cracking down on scalping.
Mr Ritchie said the problem required intervention from all corners.
"The sooner event organisers, artists and the public join forces and use accurate information to put a stop to this spurious activity, the sooner we'll all be having a fun and safe time together."
A state government spokesperson said the Tasmanian office of consumer affairs works to protect fans from scalping, and that the state supports Commonwealth work to require ticket resale websites to disclose the face value of the tickets and develop ways to ban ticket bots across Australia.
Tasmanians can contact the office of consumer affairs on 1800 654 499.