Answer 3 questions to make your live events website rock

As a full-service live event technology platform, Ticketfly designs and builds websites for our venue and promoter partners. Each month, our team of talented developers and project managers works side-by-side with our clients to launch custom websites that meet their specific needs.

With more than 800 sites under our belts, we power the largest network of live event websites in the world. It goes without saying that we know a thing or two about the right approach to creating a website for a live events business. Whether you’re working with Ticketfly, an outside web developer, or even using an out of the box solution, here are three important questions to ask yourself to determine if your website is ready to take the stage.

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#FlyFam: Welcoming Ticketfly’s new partners

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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

#FlyFam: Welcoming Ticketfly’s new partners

New year, new us (you peeped that fly new brand, right?), new partners. January isn’t even over, and we’ve already got so much to cheer for—like these new additions to our #FlyFam. We had the pleasure of welcoming some of these folks into the family in-person after spending a few days down in New Orleans for the 5th annual FlyCon, our annual partner and industry summit.

The first one’s a big one: The North by Northeast Music Festival. Canada’s answer to Austin’s South by Southwest, NXNE is one of the largest North American music festivals. Held each June in Toronto, NXNE brings together music, comedy, art, film, and technology for five days and draws more than 350,000 attendees. We’re stoked to celebrate NXNE’s 22nd anniversary with them this June.

We’re blessed with the opportunity to work with a range of partners who do awesome things in their communities. We’re honored to include New York City’s City Parks Foundation in the ‘fly family. The non-profit organization was founded in 1989 to unite the five boroughs while emphasizing arts, sports, education and community building in city parks. When it comes to the arts, the Foundation has made it easy for kids and adults to find positive activities and events. Their SummerStage theater and concert series has become an NYC staple and has featured more than 100 performances over the years. Continue reading

The Rock, Ribs and Ridges Festival is smokin’

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We love rock. We love ribs. So how awesome is it that we’re welcoming the Rock, Ribs and Ridges Festival to the #FlyFam.

The New Jersey festival, now in its seventh year, will return to the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ June 25-26, 2016. It is what its name suggests—a smokin’ party featuring classic and Southern rock acts and mouthwatering barbecue, with some cold beer to wash it all down.

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Huka Entertainment prepares to own 2016

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You may not know Huka Entertainment now, but you will in 2016.

Known for killer destination festivals such as Pemberton in the picturesque valleys of Canada’s Mount Currie, the beachfront Tortuga in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and the award-winning Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, AL, as well as for promoting hundreds of concerts across the continent, this ‘fly family member is ready to hit the live events market in a major way.

We’re teaming up with Huka once again to push the envelope on innovation and creativity in live events. By utilizing the latest ticketing technologies and progressive, powerful marketing tools, we’ll be able to serve Huka’s ambitious goals and make sure fans going to their events have the best experience possible from the first pre-sale on.

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Grub, then club: The ‘fly’s take on Thanksgiving 2015

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Bring on the turkey, cranberry sauce and awkward dinner conversations—Thanksgiving is here. While we’re all about family here at the ‘fly, we know that the house can get a little cramped around this time (and we know how much of a drag it is to explain why you’re single at 30 a dozen times). Need a break from Cousin Eddie? We’ve got your back.

This holiday, be thankful for these awesome live shows taking place throughout the country during Thanksgiving weekend.

New York

11.25: The 2nd Annual Phunksgiving featuring Dumpstaphunk & Fishbone with special guests – The Capitol Theatre; Port Chester ($30+)

11.25: Robert Randolph and The Family Band – Brooklyn Bowl; Brooklyn ($20+)

11.28: Tiga – Output; New York ($20+)

11.28: Andy Kindler – Union Hall; Brooklyn ($12+)

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El Corazón: Seattle’s Heartbeat

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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.

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#FlyFam: Welcoming Ticketfly’s new partners

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.

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Partner Spotlight: Up close and personal with the people behind your favorite events

It’s time for Partner Spotlight, our series that’s gets 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 spotlight 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’ve got Andrea Lundquist, Managing Partner of Space Cowboys and Executive Producer of Ghost Ship Halloween and Breakfast of Champions, in the hot seat. Now in their 8th and 12th years, respectively, read on to hear just how Andrea got involved in producing massive events, and how she and her team made one event ubiquitous with Halloween in San Francisco

 

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