We were all very excited when it was announced earlier this week that the original lineup of DIY punk band Bikini Kill, the quintessential '90s riot grrrl group, would reunite this spring for a handful of shows. One of the two NYC-area shows was scheduled for Terminal 5, the cavernous Midtown Manhattan venue nobody seems to like, but hey, at least there were two shows (the other is at Brooklyn Steel). Plenty of tickets to go around. What could go wrong?

...cut to noon Friday, when the tickets to both shows went on sale:

That's right: it's 2019, and Ticketmaster and the like still haven't come up with (or don't want to come up with) reasonable ways of stopping scalpers and bots from swooping in and buying up all the tickets to hotly-anticipated concerts and events. If you came up empty on the initial Bikini Kill ticket sale, your only choice now is to go to secondary markets like Stub Hub (nothing on Cash or Trade... yet), and this is what's in store for you there:

Now, punk rock died when the first kid said, "Punk's not dead," which was probably in 1978, so not too worried about that. But I feel for bands who want to play big rooms to fit in the most number of people, but are then compromised into working with these giant ticketing agencies who seemingly can't get their shit together. Or, as an investigation last year argued, that are essentially running a professional scalping racket, encouraging scalpers and bots to do their thing and then taking a cut of its profits.

Ticketmaster was hit with a class action lawsuit in October over that alleged scalping racket. In 2016, the New York state legislature passed a bill that will make any use of ticket bots a class A misdemeanor crime, punishable by a year in prison and/or a $1,000 fine. As evidenced by things like today, it clearly hasn't been enough to discourage this sort of conduct and the actions of people like Donald, the NYC scalper we profiled in 2017.

Bikini Kill's publicist did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Perhaps after learning about all the fans who were left in the lurch, they will "pull an LCD Soundsystem" and schedule more NYC-area shows to make up for it. In the meantime, revisit some classic Bikini Kill live performances here. And if you're interested in learning more about the secondary market, check out the Future of Music Coalition event below: