Live Nation revenues up 7% with 70m tickets sold so far in 2018
In a big day of quarterly-financials announcements, Live Nation’s impressed. The company reported revenues up 7% year-on-year to $2.87bn in the second quarter of 2018, including a 13% rise in ticketing income (to $351.2m),...
July 27, 2018
Festicket launches Spotify-powered ‘Festival Finder’ feature
British festival-ticketing firm Festicket has added a new feature that uses Spotify to recommend events to its users. The ‘Festival Finder’ feature gets people to log in using their Spotify accounts, then uses the data...
July 24, 2018
Ticketing firm Eventbrite reportedly files for its IPO
Spotify, Sonos and now Eventbrite: music-related companies are going public at a rate of knots in 2018. According to the Wall Street Journal, ticketing firm Eventbrite has filed confidentially for an IPO to take place later...
July 23, 2018
Indian ticketing firm Bigtree Entertainment raises $100m
Indian company Bigtree Entertainment, which owns popular movie-ticketing platform BookMyShow, has raised a $100m funding round led by TPG Growth. That would be the same TPG Growth that recently led a $60m funding round...
July 20, 2018
Pollstar mid-year Top 50 Tours chart sets new sales record
The top 50 worldwide tours in the first half of 2018 set a new record for ticket sales, according to Pollstar. Its mid-year chart shows a 12% spike in gross sales to $2.21bn. “It’s the chart’s biggest rise since 2015-16...
July 18, 2018
Chinese secondary-ticketing firm Moretickets raises $60m
In the west, secondary-ticketing platforms are increasingly controversial in terms of their role within the music industry. In China, though, one of the most popular sites has just raised a significant funding round. Moretickets’...
July 12, 2018
Former Songkick biz-dev exec launches new ticketing startup
Stephen Glicken spent seven years in senior business-development roles at ticketing startups CrowdSurge and Songkick. Now he’s working on something new, having co-founded a startup called Project Admission with Jordan...
July 6, 2018
Ticketmaster UK gives fans warning after security breach
Ticketmaster UK is in hot water this week after revealing that a data breach earlier this year could have affected a number of its customers. The breach affects customers who bought tickets between February and 23 June,...
June 28, 2018
GigList and True Tickets to create ticketing analytics tool
We’ve written a lot about analytics dashboards as they relate to recorded music and social networks, but rather less so about how this technology could be used for the live side of our industry. Now two companies in...
June 26, 2018
StubHub defends itself against secondary-ticketing criticism
The UK has become a focal point for the debate about secondary-ticketing platforms, their impact on fans and their interaction with artists and the music industry. Much of that debate has been in one direction: criticism...
June 25, 2018
Fair Ticketing Alliance Code of Practice is bad news for Viagogo
We knew that anyone who’d bought tickets for Ed Sheeran on secondary site Viagogo would have to buy a proper ticket on the doors before being let in. Last week at Wembley Stadium, those fans had to queue up at desks with...
June 18, 2018
Dice rolls with Kanye West album-launch ticketing partnership
Kanye West’s listening events in Brooklyn, Miami and Chicago for his new album ‘Ye’ were understandably focused on the music. But there was a tech aspect too: West’s team and marketing agency 1AM worked with British...
June 11, 2018