Hot town, summer in the city: It’s the first Central Park SummerStage 2015 onsale

One hot summer night in June 1986, The Sun Ra Arkestra performed a free concert in the Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park, Manhattan—and forever changed the face of summer music in New York City. Nearly 30 years later, SummerStage (now a Ticketfly partner), has reached more than six million fans from around the world through its annual festival, which features more than 100 performances of every genre and type under the, well, sun, every year in parks across all five boroughs.

Starting today, you can snag your tickets to the very first event of the season: a benefit show on May 19 featuring co-headliners Mastodon and Clutch (which has some serious head banging potential).

“Ticketfly has quickly become a major player in the ticketing world with their ultra-easy consumer platform and robust marketing tools,” says Ian Noble, Executive Producer at City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage festival. “They are a perfect fit for SummerStage as we pride ourselves in being on the vanguard both with the artists we represent and the technology we use to produce our events. SummerStage is very pleased to have them as our new partner as we launch our 30th season.”

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#FlyFam: Welcoming Ticketfly’s new partners

Welcome to the inaugural edition of #FlyFam, a quarterly roundup welcoming new partners into the Ticketfly family.

We went gangbusters in Q4 2014, signing up truly enviable and diverse partners across the continent, from a renaissance festival in Ohio, to a jazz and blues club in Washington, to a historic boat show in Philly, to a beachside concert venue in Florida. A warm welcome to all the new faces; we’re pretty excited about helping to make your lives easier, so you can focus on doing what you love best: putting on great events. Read on to find out more about some of the new additions to the #FlyFam…

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Ticketfly and Google make event search a cinch

It’s a perfect night. The band on stage has been blowing up the indie blogs. You’ve got drink specials galore. And yet, the floor isn’t full. This happens at some of the best venues across the country because fans simply don’t know about the show. In fact, 40% of tickets go unsold due to lack of awareness.

Ticketfly and Google are working together to fix that. Today, Google introduced a search feature which will make it easier than ever for fans to discover and attend great events any night of the week. Here’s how:

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  • Venue events: When fans type in the name of a venue, their screens will populatewith a calendar of upcoming events and helpful details including on-sale dates and ticket availability.
  • Artist schedules: When fans type the name of their favorite artist into Google, they’ll get a list of concert dates and venue details right at the top of their screen.
  • Easy ticketing: Events link directly to ticket purchase pages so buying a ticket is always just a click away.

Starting today, the feature is available globally on desktop and mobile, and is integrated across Google platforms, meaning fans can find concert details directly within Google’s search apps and receive artist event reminders with Google Now cards.

If you’re partnering with Ticketfly, we’ve already integrated this feature into Google’s search results for you. It’s just one more way we’re helping you sell more tickets, and helping fans find the shows they love.

Jeff Kreinik joins Ticketfly as Head of Festivals

Festivals. From Burning Man to Pitchfork, these open air kaleidoscopes of dawn-to-dusk entertainment are more popular than ever, with new ones popping up all the time. They’ve always been an important part of what we do at Ticketfly — our CEO Andrew produced festivals for more than a decade, and even co-founded some himself. To help festivals around the continent become even more successful, we’re bringing on industry veteran and longtime friend of the ‘fly Jeff Kreinik as our new Head of Festivals.

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We can’t think of anyone better suited than Jeff to take our festivals business to the next level. Jeff has spent more than twenty years in the music industry and is an expert in every aspect of the business — from ticketing and marketing to event promotion and production. For the past two years, Jeff served as COO for HUKA Entertainment, a Ticketfly partner and the company behind many renowned events in North America. Prior to that, during his eight years at Front Gate Tickets, Jeff signed and helped promote numerous top festivals in the United States.

Festivals are one of the fastest growing segments of the live events industry: There are more than 800 North American festivals in the music category alone. We already provide ticketing and marketing technology to more than 100 of them, including the Pitchfork Music Festival, Toronto Festival of Beer, Bristol Renaissance Faire, and a certain notable dusty get-together. Members of the Ticketfly team across every department have supported festivals from every angle, from talent buying and marketing to on-site operations. This hands-on experience serves as a constant reminder of the challenges faced by festival promoters today, and as a catalyst for building technology that makes life better for fans and promoters alike. We’re busy rethinking every aspect of the festival-going experience, from getting tickets to buying food, drinks, and merch at the event.

“There’s a huge opportunity to leverage technology to improve the festival experience for everyone involved, and Ticketfly is in a great position to lead the way,” says Jeff. “They have deep roots in the space and an inspiring vision for the future. I couldn’t be more excited about joining the team.”

Thanks, Jeff! And we couldn’t be more excited about having you and your team on board to help us create a great experience for promoters that helps them work better and smarter, while also making it easier for fans to find and enjoy great festivals.

Andrew, our CEO, agrees: “Festivals are already a big part of our business, but with the combination of our experience and technology, Ticketfly can make an even more powerful impact. It takes an industry veteran and high caliber leader to spearhead these endeavors, and we couldn’t be happier to have Jeff on board.”

Live music stars in the Lone Star State

It’s an old cliché that everything is bigger in Texas, but when it comes to live music, the saying definitely holds true. From famously “weird” Austin, where Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings took country back from the slick Nashville sound, to Houston’s red-hot hip hop scene (Bun B for mayor!), live music is at the heart of the Texas way of life. We’re thrilled to be working with some of the best Texan promoters and venues around, including some big names who came on in 2014. And with so many more great potential partners here in Texas, we don’t expect anything less in 2015.

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Revolution Hall brings historic Portland property back to life

As if it were even possible, Portland just got a little bit cooler. Our friends over at the Aladdin Theater and Mississippi Studios have launched a new venue—Revolution Hall—in Southeast Portland’s Buckman neighborhood. It’s housed in the former auditorium of historic Washington High School, the second high school built in Portland, originally constructed during the Industrial Revolution. The long-vacant building’s fate hung in the balance, until a local developer, Venerable Properties, purchased the building last year and reached out to Mississippi Studios founder Jim Brunberg with an opportunity to save it.

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News from The North: Year-end wrap-up

Macintosh HD:Users:davelock:Desktop:Photos:2014-05-23 03.28.24 1.jpgBruce Morrison, GM of Ticketfly Canada (left) & Dave Lock, Sales Manager (right), loving Canadian Music Week 2014

Ticketfly Canada is almost two, and my oh my how it’s grown up before our very eyes. Our second year of operations in Canada was a blockbuster one, a time that—in true Ticketfly fashion—can be summed up in only two ways: partners and parties.

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In 2014 we officially moved from “Ticket-who?” to “Ticketfly!” in the eyes of Canada’s independent promoters and venues. We added more than 50 new clients to the roster, from a comedy festival in Vancouver to a brewery in Toronto. Here’s just a taste:

  • London Music Hall – this premier stop for bands and artists as they tour through Southern Ontario features one 1930-cap music hall and a more intimate 300-cap club.
  • Beau’s – Hello neighbor! Welcome to Beau’s, a local, family-run, DIY brewery in Ontario that also hosts everything from CCR cover bands to musical comedy troupes.
  • NorthWest Comedy Fest  - The laugh riot happens three times a year for multi-day runs in beautiful Vancouver, BC. Catch stand up favourites, up and comers, improv, podcasts and all ages events.
  • Center of Gravity Festival  - An outsized adrenaline-fueled sports and music festival, held on the beach at Okanagan Lake (yes, there are beaches in Canada) in Kelowna, British Columbia.
  • Atomique Productions – A leading independent concert promotions company based out of Victoria, BC. Founded with a mandate to bring a diverse range of national and international talent to the Greater Victoria population, Atomique produces an average of more than 150 concerts a year.

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Glasslands Gallery: Farewell, but not goodbye

As reported by Brooklyn Vegan, our good friends Jake and Rami at Popgun Presents will be closing Glasslands Gallery at the end of the year, while continuing to book shows around town at venues like Saint Vitus (including two sold-out Savages shows), Le Poisson Rouge, or Cameo Gallery.

Glasslands will be closing out with an epic New Years Eve show featuring four special mystery guests, all of whom have some connection to the venue. Before then, the lineup of bands coming to salute Glasslands include favorites like Com Truise, Duck Tails, Bit Funk and Escort (DJ set), and more, including the Glasslands Holiday Party on the 22nd.

A staple of the South Williamsburg scene since 2006, Glasslands describes itself as a “converted warehouse, formerly a homegrown community art space turned psychedelic venue partyhaus.”

According to Brooklyn Vegan, some of Jake and Rami’s favorite shows over the years have been Tanlines, Franz Ferdinand, Jonathan Toubin’s Soul Clap parties, Darkside, Disclosure, and Das Racist. Glasslands will be deeply missed, but we can’t wait to see what Popgun Presents does next.

#ripglasslands #glasslandsforever

Photo credit: Wise Blood at Glasslands Gallery, Ryan Muir, Brooklyn Vegan.

‘Tis the season for giving back

Maybe it’s the toasty fire we’re sitting by, or maybe it’s our hidden shmaltzy side, but we’re feeling all warm and fuzzy to see both our employees and our partners finding ways to give back to the community this holiday season. Several employees are choosing to use some of their 24 hours of annual Volunteer Time-Off, or VTO (getting paid to volunteer is a sweet, sweet perk of working at the ‘fly) this month, and a partner of ours is taking some of the revenue from December events and turning it over to nonprofit organizations they care about. After the jump, take a look at some of the least grinchy people and partners we know; hopefully they’ll inspire you to find your own way to spread the cheer this year.

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