In a world of online bots and Ticketmaster lawsuits, singer/songwriter Maggie Rogers is resorting to the old-school way of selling concert tickets.
The 28-year-old “Light On” singer announced Thursday on social media that tickets to her upcoming “Summer of ’23 Tour” would be sold at various box offices across the country on Friday — leaving some fans scrambling to make arrangements to get to them.
“There’s a lot of conversation right now about combating bots and making sure tickets get directly into the hands of fans, and at a reasonable price,” she wrote on Instagram.
“Ticketing fees have never been higher and a lot of people, me included, are justifiably frustrated and concerned. I’ve been thinking about this over the last few months and wanted to provide you with another option. So this time, in an effort to eliminate bots and lower fees — we’re going analog.”
“Come buy a ticket like it’s 1965 … F – – k bots + f – – k fees,” she adds in a TikTok post.
The Post has contacted reps for Rogers for comment.
For those too young to remember, concert tickets used to be sold in person at venue box offices and at the thousands of Ticketmaster outlets located in places such as department stores. Hopefuls could also buy tickets over the phone.
Rogers is still selling tickets online for her shows. Fans can sign up to receive a pre-sale code via the Seated app, and Ticketmaster boasts Live Nation pre-sales for several of her upcoming concerts.
The Post reached out to Ticketmaster for comment.
The US leg of the “Summer of ’23 Tour” kicks off in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 24 and wraps up in Washington, DC, on Sept. 29. Soccer Mommy and Alvvays are slated as openers in select cities.
Rogers released her latest album, “Surrender,” in July.
She explained there would be a limit of two tickets per person for the in-person sales. She claimed all ticket tiers and prices would be available, as well as exclusive merchandise and a pre-selected playlist for fans to enjoy while they waited.
She even visited Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday to sell tickets for the Forest Hills show, which is scheduled for July 27.
“So absolutely overwhelmed, this is the coolest s – – t. I cannot even begin to put into words,” Rogers wrote in a selfie posted to her Instagram Story after meeting fans Friday.
“[I] feel like the luckiest gal in the world right now. This community means the world to me. My heart is exploding. Thank you to everyone who showed up all around the country today.”
She also reposted videos that captured fans showing up at their local box office, sometimes in long lines wrapping around the block.
Several fans online applauded Rogers for the retro-style sale, especially after the Taylor Swift “Eras Tour” Ticketmaster fiasco.
“I feel like this would be nice for people who need special seats as well! I saw a girl on here crying trying to get handicapped seats for Taylor Swift,” one wrote.
“This is actually so smart because the people going to their box office are supporting their local economy AND smaller carbon footprint from ppl travel,” another praised Rogers.
“Been wondering why artists haven’t done this. So obvious. Us gen xers remember how easy it was,” a third stated.
“I stood in line for Madonna tickets in 2001 — at the Ticketmaster box office inside of Macys. What a time,” one reminisced.
However, others expressed frustration at Rogers announcing the in-person sales only a day before they’d have to get to the box office.
“Maggie we have jobs,” one fan commented on TikTok.
“Girl I gotta work,” another echoed.
“We have jobs and the venues are not local to most,” another complained.
“I love this idea, but I don’t live in the city that I’ll see you in,” one lamented.
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