It’s only fitting that one of our favorite venues in the Midwest recently knocked down a wall to double its capacity. Giving fans more—and doing things bigger and better—is what Josh Baker, owner of The HiFi, has always strived to do.
Last year, we grew to an astounding 1700 live event partners across the U.S. and Canada. They come on board because of our industry-best service, our powerhouse marketing initiatives– driven by our partnership with Pandora– and innovative product offerings like Lyte, our fan-to-fan ticket exchange for sold out shows. TIcketfly is proud to support leading venues and promoters, powering everything from club shows to music festivals to rodeos. There’s always room for more members of the ‘fly fam and we’re excited to welcome these latest additions to the bunch.
Brooklyn’s Union Hall has just about everything you’d need for palling around with your buddies: live music, comedy, DJs, poutine, and bocce ball. They take that last one just as seriously as they do the rest of their offerings, holding regular bocce tournaments (we’re rooting for team I Wanna Dance With Some Bocce for the name alone). And their stage offerings are grade-A. The 5,000 square foot bar, restaurant and venue is the home of writer Jon Ronson (So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, The Men Who Stare At Goats) and comedian Maeve Higgins’ monthly “Cool Kids” show.
Live music and comedy are wonderful and all, but sometimes you need something a little more vibrant and visual. For more than 15 years, Art Battle has stunned crowds across the world by pitting some of the best painters and street artists against one another. What started in New York City in 2001 is now a traveling live art extravaganza that’s popped up in 75 cities in 16 countries. Be on the lookout for a battle near you. And if you think you can hang, apply to compete and step up to the easel.
If Chance the Rapper showed us anything at the 2017 Grammy Awards, it’s that you can put on an incredible show while being devoted to your faith. Rush Concerts has been doing that since 1997. The company promotes Christian music events, bringing bands and artists such as Jeremy Camp, Switchfoot and more to venues across the country. They’re currently promoting concerts for MercyMe and Casting Crowns throughout the midwest.
Hodi’s Half Note doesn’t half-step. The intimate club is a go-to for live music in Fort Collins, CO. That shouldn’t come as a surprise after glancing at their eclectic calendar. From punk pioneer Jello Biafra’s Incredibly Strange Dance Party and the Ned Flanders-inspired metal outfit Okilly Dokilly to Chicago rapper Alex Wiley and the funky Fort Knox Five, Hodi’s is a guaranteed good time.
If Rodeo Austin’s slogan—“Where Weird Meets Western”—doesn’t intrigue you, their lineup surely will. The 15-day fair and rodeo, held from March 11 to 25, boasts dozens of musical performances that go beyond the country lasso. Sure, you can catch country stars such as Dwight Yoakam and Cole Swindell, but you can also catch legendary soul singer Patti Labelle and dance-pop group Fitz and the Tantrums. The real star, of course, is the rodeo, which features everything from bull riding to mutton bustin’. Plus, there are carnival rides, corn dogs, livestock shows and more. Grab your cowboy hat and get weird!
The Blind Tiger has been serving up cold beer and live music in Greensboro, NC since 1998. Known for bringing some of the best bands to the region, the venue has hosted everyone from Hootie and the Blowfish to Of Montreal. With nearly 20 years under its belt, the Blind Tiger isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
Draw Events has a really big duck. In fact, it’s The World’s Largest Rubber Duck. The massive inflatable pops up at waterfront events produced by Draw including the Tall Ships festival, which hosts ship tours, daily ship tours and family friendly entertainment. The festival has appeared in Los Angeles, Key West and Duluth, MN, among other cities. Stay tuned to Draw Events to see where the duck will pop up next.
Green Machine Concerts is a well-oiled promotions company that brings some of the best live music events to venues throughout the country, including assisting colleges with booking campus concerts. On deck for 2017 so far are two monster shows: Kenny Chesney in Madison, MS in May and Journey in Southaven, MS in July.
There are countless historic venues in Los Angeles, but only one can trace its roots to Great Depression America. Exchange LA is aptly-named: the colossal, four-story nightclub is housed in the former Los Angeles Stock Exchange, constructed in 1931. Though it’s undergone renovations—following strict Historic Cultural Landmarks guidelines—Exchange LA is still money. The nightclub boasts state-of-the-art lighting and technology and an equally impressive lineup of EDM DJs on any given night.
Metroplex Live makes big noise in Little Rock, AR. The events company primarily holds events at The Metroplex Event Center, which can hold up to 2,500 people. Not only can you catch concerts from the likes of Dropkick Murphy’s, you’ll also see mixed martial arts fights, bridal fairs and more.
Atlanta’s Aisle 5 might be a newcomer on the scene, but the venue already stands out as one of the city’s best. Opening in 2014 and located in the Little Five Points district, Aisle 5 is a multi-genre venue known for showcasing some of the most buzzed about local and touring bands, cheap craft beers, top-notch quality sound. If you don’t trust us, check their Yelp reviews.
Last week, Ticketfly and close to 500 of our closest friends met up to spend a few days together in New Orleans at FlyCon. It’s an annual tradition we started six years back as an opportunity to connect with the extended ‘fly fam, share platform developments and announce new products, swap best practices on topics like digital marketing and analytics, answer questions, and learn about the business challenges our partners face.
Each year, we challenge ourselves to bring more to the table so that everyone that attends FlyCon feels it was worth the time and energy it took for them to be there. We kicked things off the evening of Monday, January 16 with a gathering for attendees and Ticketfly staff to reconnect and meet in person—maybe for the first time—while enjoying craft cocktails, bowling, bocce, and delicious local bites
We got down to business the next morning at the Intercontinental New Orleans, with Ticketfly co-founder and CEO Andrew Dreskin welcoming everyone to FlyCon. He took us through a look back at what Ticketfly, Pandora, and our amazing partners accomplished in 2016, and touched on what we hope to accomplish in the new year.
Key team members outlined some of the new products and features clients can expect from Ticketfly in 2017, and we were able to pull back the curtain on an exciting new partnership with Lyte that provides fans with a safe, hassle-free way to exchange tickets for sold out shows and eliminates the pain points that come with the traditional secondary market.
Next up, we were treated to an in-depth look at how Ticketfly is connecting live events to the largest and most engaged audience of music fans in the US with Pandora. With 83+ million listeners, Pandora is the most used mobile app, more than Facebook and Netflix! Through our integration, Ticketfly is reaching listeners with personalized messages about upcoming shows based on their listening habits. We learned how many fans were reached in 2016 and got a sense of how we’ll continue to build on this success to make Pandora the go-to source for all music experiences.
After that, it was time to choose your own FlyCon. This year, we introduced four tracks: Amp Up Your Ticketfly explored how to maximize the value of our integration with Pandora with a focus on sponsorship and revenue. Marketing featured best practices on everything from data-crunching to creative campaigns, and gave clients 1:1 time with Ticketfly’s in-house marketing experts. Ticketfly Classroom track sessions went deep on our platform, giving FlyCon attendees their diplomas in things like reserved seating, fighting fraud, Ticketfly-powered websites, and reports. Finally, our Talent Buying track focused on understanding how data can de-risk booking decisions, and included a live demo of Pandora’s massive artist database, Next Big Sound, and a Q&A with its founder.
Of course we come to NOLA to learn….but we also gotta have some fun. Tuesday night we held a Bayou bash for the ages, starting with a second line parade that took FlyCon attendees through the streets of New Orleans, dancing drinks in-hand to a live brass band all the way to the Civic Theatre for a lively evening of casino games, a surprise performance by the 610 Stompers, strong—erm, delicious—sazeracs, and some stellar karaoke performances.
After an unforgettable night, we came back together for one last day, which began with a much-needed hearty hot breakfast and more track sessions. Before everyone hit the road, we were treated to an intimate fireside chat with the leaders of Paradigm: Tom Windish, Dan Weiner, and Lee Anderson, who had only announced their official combination a one agency a few days prior.
We had a full house for our track and mainstage sessions, but the FlyLounge was the hottest spot on the FlyCon block. Attendees flocked to the lounge to demo upcoming features and products (including Lyte and our new event entry iOS app), meet their reps, get their burning questions answered, and provide us with feedback.
After the last track session concluded and the FlyLounge shut up shop it was time to bid everyone adieu. Attendees gathered in the lobby for a final drink or two, or three or…. well, nevermind. Almost as suddenly as it began, FlyCon 2017 was over. We came together from all over the U.S. and Canada to learn, laugh, karaoke, and affirm the human bonds that are the foundation of live events. Hard to believe we packed all that into just two days…
Sound like your kind of conference? FlyCon is an invitation-only event for Ticketfly partners. Learn more about working with us and join us next year!
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Can you believe it’s April already? We’ve been moving in the fast lane here at Ticketfly, launching new products to better serve our users. We recently introduced Facebook Official Events and released a new iOS app. But we’re not here to celebrate ourselves. In the past four months, we’ve had the opportunity to work with incredible new partners all over the country. Please join us in welcoming the newest additions to our #FlyFam.
We’re stoked to add to our growing roster of music festivals. First up is the Beale Street Music Festival, which lands in Memphis, TN from April 29-May 1. The eclectic festival features some of the greatest musical acts around. That statement isn’t hyperbole. They’ve got everyone from icons such as Neil Young and Paul Simon to contemporary stars Beck, Modest Mouse, Meghan Trainor, and Yo Gotti. Does it go down in the “Rockin’ In the Free World” singer’s DMs? Get your ticket, book your flight, and find out. Continue reading
FlyCon 2016 wrapped up last week and our heads are still spinning from the awesomeness of it. Our fifth annual partner and industry summit brought together some of the brightest tech leaders, promoters, and venue staff across North America to confab in New Orleans from Jan. 18-20. We previewed new products, looked at Pandora’s live event product roadmap, learned how to drive ticket sales on Facebook, loaded up on marketing best practices and platform tips and tricks, and much more. And of course, it wouldn’t be an event in the Big Easy without some serious partying and amazing food. We’re talking second line parades, casino games and prizes, and crawfish etouffee for days. Here are just a few of the highlights, as shared by the #FlyFam in attendance.
When Dana Sims opened his nightclub in downtown Seattle in 2005, the name was a no-brainer: El Corazón.
Meaning “The Heart” in Spanish, the space El Corazón inhabits has functioned as a live music venue, club or bar since 1910, and helped launch some of Seattle’s most iconic bands.
“The venue was the heart of the grunge explosion in the ‘90s that changed Seattle and music forever,” Sims says. “Pearl Jam’s first five shows were in this room, Nirvana’s first Seattle show was here and Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and Mudhoney all cut their teeth here.”
Sims is keeping that legacy alive.
Another quarter, another edition of #FlyFam, our regular roundup welcoming new partners into the Ticketfly family.
We’re set to close out another banner year at the ‘fly, with an exciting 2016 on the horizon. In case you missed it, we’ve joined forces with Pandora. That’s right: one of the largest music companies and the fastest growing live events technology company have come together to change the landscape of the music biz. As we continue to grow, so does our list of awesome venues and promoter partners who have signed up to take this wild ride with us. Meet the newest additions to our #FlyFam:
We’ve got our eyes on the future, but that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten the past. We’re honored to welcome two historic and prestigious venues to our family. Built in 1891, the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, MA hosted entertainment icons such as actress Mae West and magician Harry Houdini in its heyday. Today, it remains one of the region’s primary venues for dance, music, film, and arts education. Built in 1931, the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, TN is a sight to see. The auditorium is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and maintains its classic character thanks to a full restoration in 1991. Guests can enjoy everything from symphonies and ballet recitals to Broadway productions and good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll, just like their grandparents did.
Our Partner Spotlight series is back and getting up close and personal with the people behind your favorite events. We’re criss-crossing the country, putting some of the smartest, most creative, and most successful people in the industry in the hot seat to talk about everything—from why they got into the business, to how technology has changed the industry, to the best acts they’ve ever seen.
Today, we’re chatting with Trae Judy, co-owner of South Carolina-based Music Farm Productions, a group of concert promoters and venue operators that put on events across all genres—from comedy to outdoor music festivals. While it’s clear Trae’s obsession with concerts began with the music, his passion for the behind-the-scenes mechanics of building each show is what convinced him that putting on live events was what he’d be doing for the rest of his life. Trae compares his job to working at Disney World, where every event is a new opportunity to create a fun getaway for fans.
Las Vegas isn’t an easy market to conquer. Already quick to implode its history, Sin City is even hastier to do away with shows and venues that don’t reap instant profits, which makes the story of #Flyfam member David Saxe Productions’ success an impressive one. Continue reading