Introducing Ticketfly Tech: More Than Code

Cross-posted from our new Ticketfly Tech publication over on Medium. Want to be a live event tech insider? Follow along at https://tech.ticketfly.com.

Hello World: We Are Ticketfly Tech

We’re a passionate mix of engineers, designers, and product people working to build the most open, intuitive, and innovative platform for live events. Our software empowers fans to discover, purchase tickets to, and attend some of the best events across North America; enabling venues & concert promoters to run successful live event businesses.

The work we do from our small corner of the world in San Francisco keeps the lights on at venues and festivals across the continent (more than 1,200 of them), helps elevate touring artists to new heights, and connects fans with unforgettable memories that come from being in the moment.
1.Surfing into the moment.

Surfing into the moment.

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Pregame the big game

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Take on Super Bowl 50 for the win. Laces out, party down!

Finally! The big game has arrived. It’s time to party in the name of Super Bowl 50. Who knew on that fateful day back in 1967 that a humble game would turn into a worldwide spectacle. Will Peyton get one more win before a potential retirement, or will Cam bring home the first Super Bowl title for the Panthers? Will the real MVP be Coldplay? Your guess is as good as ours. Either way, we lined up the best shows, the best viewing parties (read: free), and the best events happening in both team’s hometowns, right here. Since the game is happening in our backyard, we made sure to cover the Bay Area, too. Game on.

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Meet Ticketfly’s new brand

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Today, we’re unveiling a bold new brand designed to bring everyone we serve closer to the live event experiences they love. The moment the lights go down before a set. The moment you hear the first beat of your favorite song. The moment you realize there’s a second encore. In these timeless moments, there’s nowhere else you’d rather be.

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The ’fly guide to Halloween 2015

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No matter how creepy and cool the costumes may be, a Halloween party ain’t a party without music. But do you really want to suffer through the “Monster Mash” again? Skip the canned playlists and celebrate the spooky holiday with awesome DJs and live music. Put on your Donald Trump wig or Hillary Clinton business suit (or whatever it is you’re wearing) and hit one of these upcoming ‘fly fright-fests around the country.

To get you started, our buds at WillCall collected some graveyard jams. If you couldn’t tell by now, we’re really into Halloween.

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The most terrifying thing about Halloween in New York City is deciding which party to hit. From a four-night “spooky mansion” concert experience to a “spooktacular dance party,” fans in the Big Apple have no shortage of options. Which one will you choose? The suspense is killing us!

10.28: Spooky Mansion: A Four Night Halloween Concert Experience with Dueling Rabbits (Bad Rabbits DJ set) + more TBA – The Paper Box, Brooklyn, NY ($45+)

10.29: Spooky Mansion: A Four Night Halloween Concert Experience with Talib Kweli, Alissia + more TBA – The Paper Box, Brooklyn, NY ($45+)

10.30: Spooky Mansion: A Four Night Halloween Concert Experience with Blue Hawaii (DJ set) + more TBA – The Paper Box, Brooklyn, NY ($45+)

10.30: Halloween Party with Strange Talk, Intergalactix and Germans – Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY ($13+/$15+)

10.31: Claptone presents The Masquerade – Verboten, Brooklyn, NY ($20-30+)

10.31: The Jane Hotel’s Annual Halloween Party – The Jane Hotel, New York, NY (starting at $40+)

10.31: Halloween Bash & Bowl – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY (No cover)

10.31: Spooky Mansion: A Four Night Halloween Concert Experience with guests TBA – The Paper Box, Brooklyn, NY ($45+)

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Pride at Ticketfly

Guest post by Kim Dupuis, Project Lead, Design & Development Services

Unless you were sleeping under a rock, it was hard to miss the various Pride festivities that were abound in San Francisco for the last few weeks. Inevitably, we wanted in on the action, and thus Ticketfly’s first annual Pride Happy Hour was born. The festivities were set for Friday, June 26 at our SF-based headquarters, where ‘flyers worked together to deck out our office in DIY rainbow decor. We even found creative ways to incorporate the theme throughout the party with rainbow fruit skewers, a Pride flag made out of jello shots, and two signature cocktails, the Cha Cha Queen and the Shady Lady.

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Friends and family joined us for all the revelry, including some stellar and hilarious entertainment at our Lip Sync Battle. Contenders had one minute to show us what they were made of, performing their song of choice in front of a guest panel of three “celebrity” judges, including our front office fire-dancing fiend Vanessa, and our wheelin’ and deelin’ head of Corporate Development, Andy.

The surprise result? A tie! Two ‘flyers came out on top and for good reason—their performances were so unforgettable, they’re permanently engrained in our brains. Katiana, from our content curation team, did a rendition of Prince’s “Purple Rain” in full costume and character (penciled-on moustache included):

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And Yrving, one of our product designers, salsa’d to Celia Cruz’s, “Quimbara,” while dressed as Carmen Miranda, complete with the famous fruit hat.

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They were both a sight to behold.

In addition to the Lip Sync Battle, we held a raffle and raised more than $800 for Maven, a local non-profit that hosts tech camps and educational summits for LGBTQ youth in SF, NYC, and ATX.

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Our raffle coordinators reminding us to be green with envy if we don’t win one of the awesome prizes

We had a blast incorporating this new happy hour tradition into the bucket of rad events here at the Ticketfly HQ, and loved being a part of showing the world that #lovewins. We’re already looking forward to next year’s celebrations! Check out more great photos over on Flickr.

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ScoreMore founders earn a spot on Rolling Stone’s “Young Innovators” list

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.

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The Bomb Factory explodes onto the Dallas music scene

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This ain’t your parents’ Dallas. It’s hard to worry about who shot J.R. (look it up if you’re under 40) and who has the coolest Stetson when you’re too busy rocking out to the best music around. The Bomb Factory is a state-of-the-art, 50,000 square foot venue located in the heart of Dallas’s historic Deep Ellum neighborhood, known for its rich music-centric culture.

With its recently completed multimillion-dollar renovation, the new and improved Bomb Factory can accommodate up to 4,300 fans, with a general admission mezzanine, VIP suites, and premium reserved seating options. D Magazine says that The Bomb Factory could be the “most important music venue in Dallas,” since it offers the chance to actually see iconic artists in an intimate setting, instead of just hearing them from far away in a faceless arena.

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Brooklyn Bowl Vegas brings a winning formula to the strip

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As if it wasn’t enough to become a bona fide New York institution for great food, music, drinks, and bowling (and have the Roots’ ?uestlove DJ every week at Bowl Train!), our friends at Brooklyn Bowl have started to take over the rest of the world, opening new locations in London and, for the past year, in the heart of Sin City.

Brooklyn Bowl Vegas, named “Best Live Music Venue” by Las Vegas Weekly, brings the winning formula of strikes, suds, and songs to a city known more for bottle service, fancy circus shows, and stand-up comedians. Did we mention their utterly addictive fried chicken, and all the other delicious Blue Ribbon specialties? The Food Network sure did!
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