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Kip Moore on mixing politics with country music and scalpers pricing out blue-collar fans


Kip is returning to London to perform next month (Picture: Supplied)

Country star Kip Moore has a real bee in his bonnet about scalpers – and you can hardly blame him.

The Georgia-born performer has seen his loyal blue-collar fans priced out of his sell-out shows now he’s found success, due to scalpers reselling tickets to extortionate prices.

And he’s not happy.

As he prepares to play in London next week, the US musician hit out at the touts that snap up several tickets at a time, labelling them thieves.

‘You’re basically stealing from people, and stealing from something I’ve built and pricing out all my fans,’ he told Metro.co.uk ahead of his trip to England.

‘I’m going out of my way, taking a cut, to make a ticket that’s affordable, to try and make it fair for [the fans]. Then you have someone cutting your legs out from underneath and it doesn’t sit well with me.’

Kip is all about the loyal fans who have followed him from the beginning (Picture: WireImage)

His love of the loyal fans has got to come from the man’s chilled time living ‘in a hut in Hawaii’ where he backpacked and surfed. A man of the people, perhaps.

Now he lives in Nashville, in the thick of the US music scene and being nominated for a swag of awards, such as the CMA International Artist Achievement Award (alongside Kacey Musgraves), he’s still all about keeping his music accessible.

He added: ‘For me the problem is it’s pricing out the blue-collar fans that came up in this journey with us and it’s making the tickets only affordable to the people who have the money – and that might not be the fans that have been with me all this way.

‘I have a problem with that, with people sneaking up once the success comes. Scalpers are only after the hot ticket, they’re not scalping tickets people aren’t buying.’

In preparation for his tour down in Blighty Kip released banger She’s Mine as fans eagerly anticipate his fourth record.

But with a fanbase heavily rooted in the country music genre, he insists he doesn’t see his tunes as ‘country’ per se. They’re just about, well, life.

‘I hear that all the time, I don’t really understand it,’ he said of having country music fans in the UK.

‘To me, I’m just playing music and I’m singing about life. I don’t know why it’s supposed to just be in one place. Most of us are just singing about life experience.

‘Certain styles of country work better than others, like rock and roll influence, I think about when I write music I don’t think about a genre. I’m just doing what I do. If it fits it fits. I don’t get caught up in the genres, to be fair.’

Music in 2019 is heavily rooted in politics – if performers are singing about what’s going on in the US they’re definitely speaking about it at gigs.

For Kip though, he likes those two conversations apart – you know, keep the music about the music.

‘I try to keep those worlds separate,’ he mused after taking a second to think.

‘I touch on a small fragment, but I never get super political in my music.’

Kip performs at London’s Roundhouse on 2 September.

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