Get ready for these Fly festivals

Festival season is no longer confined to the sweltering summer months. There are awesome festivals happening year-round—some starting as early as this week! Many of the best music gatherings in North America are powered by Ticketfly and we couldn’t be more psyched. Tell your festie besties and mark your calendars for these upcoming ‘fly fests.

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Go Out With a Bang for New Years Eve 2013

You might be brainstorming New Years resolutions, but don’t get ahead of yourself! First you gotta figure out what to do on New Years Eve. Don’t just sit at home and watch the ball drop on TV– make plans and end the year in style. There are a bunch of great NYE blowouts on Ticketfly, from Boys Noize to Wu Tang, so take your pick…

WEST 

12/31: NYE w/ Camp Freddy & Friends • The Roxy Theatre • Los Angeles, CA
12/31: RHONDAPOLIS: New Years Eve 2014 • The Standard • Los Angeles, CA
12/30 & 12/31: LED OMFG! NYE w/ Boys Noize, DIPLO, & More! • VV Casino Center • San Diego, CA
12/31: Donavon Frankenreiter • The Coach House • San Juan Capistrano, CA
12/30: Holy Ghost! • The Independent • San Francisco, CA
12/31: NYE at Bimbo’s • Bimbo’s 365 Club • San Francisco, CA
12/31: POP ROCKS • The Red Devil Lounge • San Francisco, CA
1/1: BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS • Mighty • San Francisco, CA
12/31: The Devil Makes Three • The Catalyst • Santa Cruz, CA
12/31: Rebelution • The Ventura Theater • Ventura, CA
12/31: The Satin Chaps, Brownish Black, & DJ Hippie Joe • The Secret Society • Portland, OR
12/31: The Motet • The Wonder Ballroom • Portland, OR

EAST

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SXSW 2013: Hang with Ticketfly in the Lone Star State

Ticketfly at SXSW

Headed to Austin for SXSW this year?  Check out the list below to see where we’ll be, from panels, to presentations, to parties. You can also keep up with us on Twitter, Instagram (@ticketfly), and Facebook.

Want to learn more about how Ticketfly helps venues and promoters build, manage, and market events? Schedule a meeting with us at SXSW.

Safe travels to everyone going to Texas, and don’t forget to keep Austin weird!
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No Plans for New Years? No Problem! Ticketfly’s NYE Guide

Christmas music is impossible to escape. You just got invited to your third ugly Christmas sweater-themed party of the year. You’re about to find out which of your co-workers knows the entire Gangnam Style dance at your holiday office party. You know what that means… 2013 is right around the corner.

So here comes the jackpot question in advance… what are you doing New Years? No plans yet? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of some of the biggest and best NYE events at Ticketfly venues all around the country. You can have a great night out, whether you’re a college student looking for the latest DJ wunderkind or if your music taste is still stuck in 1982.

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Come Hang Out!


Howdy, friends. Are we going to SXSW? Oh, you know it! And we’re sponsoring some of the festival’s
consistently most rockin events. Come say hello, tip a Lone Star and hear some tunes. We’ll share our
sunscreen with you.
Add the full G-cal here.

Austin or Bust! w/ The Windish Agency, Laneway, Eat Your Own Ears, Ticketfly & Austinist
Wednesday 3/14 12-6pm @Mohawk
RSVP Here

Echo/ Echoplex/ Origami Vinyl SXSW Throwdown @ Shangri-La
Wednesday 3/14 11am-8pm @ Shangri-La
Open to the public!

The Windish Agency Presents Annual Austin Day Party @ The Mohawk
Friday March 16th 12pm-6pm @ Mohawk
Free to Public. RSVP Here.

MWTX Party: Presented by FYF and Fun Fun Fun Fest
Thursday March 15th- Saturday March 17th 12pm-6pm Each Day @ The East Side Drive-In
Open to Public. RSVP Here.

MOKB, Knuckle Rumbler, Indigenous PR and Ticketfly Present: Vaya Con Tacos 2
Friday, March 16th 12pm-8pm @ Peckerhead’s
Free to public. RSVP Here.

SF Hackers: Come Chop Up our API and Make Some Cool Stuff With Us!

by Amy Miller, Community Manager

This weekend in San Francisco is the music hacker nerd party of the year, and we’ll be there, along with a handful of other innovative music tech companies – including Spotify, Soundcloud, Rdio, Rootmusic, The Echo Nest and more. Music Hack Day is a great way for our engineers and others to frankenstein the publicly available Ticketfly API and come up with innovative music integrations. The event gathers some of the most talented developers in the music industry to shape the future of music.

The developers who come up with the most innovative concepts during the weekend will win two NoisePop badges. OOohhh!!

This year’s Noise Pop line-up includes:
The Flaming Lips (what?!)
The Dodos
Die Antwoord
Wye Oak
Archers of Loaf
….and many many more.

(Not to worry. Nerds from out of town will be able to choose a Ticketfly event in their own city.) Secondary prizes available for our other favorite ideas!

Should be a grand time!

Follow us @ticketfly and watch #musichackday on Twitter to learn more.

We’re Talking and Partying All Over the Place!

Wanna see the faces and hear the voices behind Ticketfly in person? We’ve got some panels and speaking engagements set up if you want to come meet our CEO Andrew Dreskin and others!

Today and this week you can catch Andrew around CMJ. He’s on a panel called Start Me Up– “Real first-hand advice on music start-ups. Hear from entrepreneurs and investors on how to get started, building an audience, making deals and raising money.”

If you missed it, don’t worry! He’ll be around the fest all week, and there are many more excellent panels to catch. Also, Ticketfly and our buddies at the Windish Agency are co-sponsoring a CMJ party on Saturday. Tickets are only $15 on this other website. But don’t forget who made it happen for realsies!

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November 3rd and 4th we’ll be at The Billboard Touring Conference and Awards on a Wednesday Panel with speakers from other great companies including Groupon, Mobile Roadie, Eventful and The Roxy!

1:30pm – 2:15pm on Weds 11/3
NEW MEDIA AND TOURING: FINDING THE FAN
“This panel will drill down and address real ways of using digital, social media and mobile to sell tickets, cut through the clutter, move the needle on the 40% of concert inventory that goes unsold, and broaden revenue streams.”

December 5th- 7th, Andrew will be at the International Music Festival Conference in Las Vegas, talking about the state of the Festival industry. As one of the founders of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Mobile FreeFest, he’s got quite a bit to say on the subject!

If you’re in San Francisco and you’re either looking for an new position or you just want to get to know more about our company, we’re hosting a private Happy Hour on October 28th. You can e-mail amy@ticketfly.com for further details if you’d like to attend.

Show Review: Vampire Weekend at The Greek, Berkeley 9/25

by David Price, Customer Support Rep

Vampire Weekend

“With one of the most polished live shows of touring bands and some of the best dressed fans, there’s not a whole lot to dislike about Vampire Weekend. Sure you could poke at them for a few things, like their spring/ summer tour basically being the same tour other
than respectively growing from large to very large venues. The same set lists and merch can be annoying, especially when you’re as fashion forward as all the 19 year-old girls flanking you in sleeveless cardigans, Toms shoes and Wayfarers. However, ultimately everyone comes for the music, and if there is any band that I would stake my music nerd internet cred on for being amazing every time you see them, it’d be Vampire Weekend. Sure plenty of people came out to see Ezra Koenig’s eyes twinkle; I’ll even confess to gazing a little bit. But as we all admire Ezra’s dazzle we see and hear his Epiphone Sheraton-II producing that Afro-pop twang that makes Vampire Weekend’s sound so different from everyone else’s. The most genius thing about Vampire Weekend is just that – their sound. It blends so many different types of styles that range from punk, pop, rock, afro beat to even hip-hop, yet all the different types are left tangible for admirers to be able to enjoy and endorse their support. Taking so many different sounds and blending them on a canvas runs the risk of becoming convoluted and messy but they manage to keep it coherent, mostly due to each of the four members sticking to a specific style. This comes across recorded and as Vampire Weekend are one of the best sounding live bands, it comes across live just as well.

The spot on sound of Vampire Weekend is only taken to new heights by the always impeccable sound of The Greek Theater. The hundred thousand dollar Soundcraft Vi6 mixing desk didn’t hurt either. Vampire Weekend is a band that I am coming to believe will only get better with growth. Up until this summer their growth has been fast-tracked, but they seemed to have steadied out and may have maximized their growth with their sophomore release. However I wouldn’t be surprised to see another fast tracking with the release of their third album most likely in Mid to late 2011. In fact I’d expect to hear a lot of new tracks circulating in the spring/ summer. So keep an ear out for something new from America’s favorite Columbia Alumni because I am pretty sure that their approval rating is higher than Barack Obama’s.”

If you’re in Florida, you can check out Vampire Weekend at Hard Rock Live with The Bery Best and Beach House. UMM…what an amazing line-up!!!

Show Review: Billy Idol at The Fillmore, 8/17/10

by Dakin Hardwick, Customer Support Shift Supervisor

Billy Idol

Billy Idol is one of those rare icons that manages to be embraced by many different generations and scenes. He came out of the UK punk scene, including putting together two of the most influential bands of the 70s: Siouxsie & The Banshees and Generation X. He later become one of the few artists to embrace both hair metal and new wave, and he still manages to sell out venues across the country 20 years after his last major hit, such as The Fillmore in San Francisco, where I recently had the pleasure of catching him.

As he walked on stage on front of the adoring crowd, we could see that age has treated him well. His audience is still primarily women. I’d say the ratio was about 5 to 1 at this show, and he definitely feeds off it. He opened up with the swagger-heavy “Ready Steady Go” and ran that straight into “Dancing With Myself.” His voice sounded perfect, with his Elvis meets Johnny Rotten tenor still sounding as crisp as it ever has. Longtime sideman Steve Stevens was also along for the ride, and manages to impress as well. Although he is the lead guitarist, he seems to prefer playing acoustically, and it brought an interesting dynamic to a lot of Idol’s more soulful work, such as “Flesh For Fantasy” and “Eyes Without A Face.” Midway through the set, Stevens even managed to pop out an impressive bit of flamenco guitar improv for about five minutes that managed to impress some of the most world music-phobic people in the crowd.

The main set closed with a brutal, extended take on “Rebel Yell” that encouraged plenty of the required fist pumping, and then they encored with a reading of the classic “White Wedding” that should be studied by anyone considering a career in showbiz. The song began as an acoustic number, just Stevens and Idol. At the end of the 2nd chorus, Idol held a scream at the lip of the stage that lasted a full 45 seconds, all while the entire stage was dark with the exception of the single spotlight on Idol. Then, BAM! Like lightning the band reappeared to finish the song in full electric glory! It was a mind blowing way to cap off a killer show.

Billy Idol will be playing as part of the HFStival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on September 18th.

You can check out more of Dakin’s reviews, as well as his music nerdtastic Podcast at The Spinning Platters.