If you don’t know, now you know. The longtime fan favorite Riot Fest (now operating in Chicago, Denver, and Toronto), was named the #1 music festival in the United States by USA Today and 10Best readers.
In 2014, Riot Fest’s lineups included everyone from the Cure to Jane’s Addiction, The National, Rise Against, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Cheap Trick, Patti Smith, and many more amazing artists, along with carnival rides, lucha libre wrestling, sideshow entertainment, and great food and drink. Continue reading
Claire Bogle and Sascha Stone Guttfreund weren’t your typical college sophomores. While most of their UT-Austin peers were playing beer pong, they were putting on sold-out rap shows. Starting out early paid off: Just this month, Claire and Sascha were named one of “17 Young Innovators Shaking Up the Music Industry” by the pinnacle of all music tastemakers: Rolling Stone.
We’re pretty well known for our work in live music, but Ticketfly clients span all kinds of entertainment, from boarding tall ships to drinking pink wine. No matter what kind of fun, we work with the best, and that’s never been more true than with our current roster of beer festivals, which have been cleaning up on “best-of” lists and awards ceremonies around the country.
Posted by Andrew Dreskin, co-founder and CEO
What a way to start the week. I woke up yesterday to the news that Ticketfly was again named one of The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Music by Fast Company. It’s a great honor, and incredibly gratifying to be recognized for the work we are doing.
This isn’t the first time we’ve made the list, but we are glad to be a repeat recipient of this award. I think this is a good illustration of how we continue to be on the leading edge of the live events industry.
2014 was an amazing year for us and 2015 is already off to a great start. Our roadmap is full of all kinds of innovative stuff that will continue to transform how event promoters and fans experience live events.
But innovation doesn’t just happen. This is a direct result of great ideas, superb execution, and lots of hard work from the entire Ticketfly team.
The live events industry is experiencing the most fundamental technology shift that I have seen in years. We are happy to be at the epicenter of some of this change. In the end, everyone wins. It’s a great time to be a promoter or fan of live events.
Thank you, Fast Company!
For Fast Company’s full line-up of most innovative music companies, including the likes of Next Big Sound, Sonos and Spotify, read the full article here.
Our CEO and co-founder, Andrew Dreskin, is hitting all the right notes when it comes to leading Ticketfly into the future, and Amplify agrees. Just today, the esteemed industry publication named Andrew “Entrepreneur of the Year” in its annual Entrepreneurs issue. It’s hard to pick our favorite passage, but if we had to choose, it’d probably be this one:
“…Dreskin is different. His company’s unspoken ethos is to challenge the titans and counter the Ticketmaster narrative by putting new powerful tools and data in the hands of customers. Few other executives in live entertainment have the cojones to challenge TM and its parent company, Live Nation. Providing an alternative to the most powerful ticketing company and promoter in the world isn’t just good business for Dreskin. It also makes him pretty damn cool.”
We’re both humbled and delighted for the distinction and look forward to continuing to set a high bar for innovation in the live events industry as we move into 2015. Check out the full article, which includes an interview with Andrew, here.
NOW Magazine, Toronto’s leading alternative weekly, recently announced the winners of its 2014 Readers Choice Best of Toronto awards. In the music category, we are delighted (and not at all surprised) to recognize a number of Ticketfly partners in the winner’s circle.
NOW picked a winner and runner up in each category based on a popular vote by Toronto music fans and readers. Based on the accolades below, it looks like Ticketfly partners in the Great White North are continuing to earn major props:
OPTA is an organization of around ~120 members of Bruce’s long-time peers and colleagues in the Canadian ticketing community. Prior to joining Ticketfly, Bruce ran ticket sales at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts in Toronto. Bruce also worked as an executive at Ticketmaster Canada for 13 years and served as director of ticketing for Concert Productions International, working with artists like the Rolling Stones, The Who, Barbra Streisand, and Genesis.
Congratulations, Bruce! We’re so happy to have you on the team.
It feels like just last week we were congratulating our local partners selected as “the Best of San Francisco 2013” by SF Weekly, but the 2014 awards are out. Congratulations to all our partners and friends who made the cut this time around (including Another Planet Entertainment for the hat trick: the Independent, Outside Lands, and the Bill Graham Civic)! These venues and promoters deserve a serious round of applause for keeping the pulse of the Bay upbeat and winning the love of many.
The Independent Best Live Music Venue
Rickshaw Stop Best Evolution of a Small Music Venue
Lights Down Low Best Party That’s Changed the Most
Outside Lands Best Combination Music Festival and Excuse to Drink Bottles of Booze You Buried in the Ground Beforehand
The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Best Big Music Venue
Honey Soundsystem Best Party That’s Been Around for a While
Amoeba Music Best Record Store
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Best Music Festival
Photo Credit: fineartamerica.com
It’s common for the 9:30 Club to leave music conferences with an award given their strength in the live events industry. Last week at the 25th Annual Pollstar Live conference in Nashville, they did it again. Our friends over at 9:30 and I.M.P. left with the “Nightclub of the Year” award for the second year in a row. Congrats on another well-deserved award, 9:30!
Ticketfly’s team was on the ground at Pollstar meeting with the best in the industry, and our CEO Andrew Dreskin moderated the panel, “The Three M’s of Live Event Marketing: Mobile, Mavens, and Me-Commerce,” featuring none other than Donna Westmoreland of the 9:30 Club and I.M.P., along with representatives from AEG Live, Groupon Live, Yplan, and CAA. Chris Cobb from local Ticketfly partner Marathon Music Works was on a round table called “Surviving As A Concert Club,” and we threw a great opening mixer on Wednesday night with our friends at Square Peg Concerts.
Check out the photo below of “Sheriff” Dreskin wrangling his deputies into what Pollstar (article here for Pollstar subscribers) called both a rip-roaring good time and a “serious talk about marketing, the rise of mobile discovery, empowering loyal fans to spread the word, and personalizing event experiences on an individual basis.”