Ticketmaster Start Selling Tickets Through Facebook This Month

Reports have revealed that Ticketmaster are integrating with Facebook so you can buy tickets directly from the social media giant’s site.

By the end of April you will be able to buy tickets for events from Ticketmaster in Facebook. The social media site have introduced ticket-buying before, but on a small scale partnered directly with the venues. Now with Ticketmaster’s partnership users around the world can buy tickets to a massive selection of events.

Vice President at Ticketmaster, Dan Armstrong said to Buzzfeed: “By putting the ability to buy tickets directly within Facebook we hope that we’re going to provide a more seamless purchase experience and sell more tickets.”

It’s not entirely clear where or how Ticketmaster will be integrated into Facebook but hopefully it will work with events, so you can get tickets directly from the event’s Facebook page. How prominent it will be and even where the Ticket section will be we will have to wait to find out.

As convenient a progression this partnership is there are downsides. For starters Facebook collects an affiliate fee on every ticket bought, meaning you may end up paying more than the standard ticket price (Unless Ticketmaster reduce their prices on Facebook to offset the increase – unlikely). Also tickets still need to claim tickets from Ticketmaster’s site once bought, however this could work for people who want to buy their ticket on the go then claim it later. At first only a select group of events will be integrated with further rollouts expected based on its success.

What do you think – Is this a great new addition to both services or just an excuse to make some more money? Either way we’ll get to find out how the feature plays out later this month.

Ticketmaster Team Up With Bandsintown For Shows Near You

International ticket sellers Ticketmaster are integrating Bandsintown into their app to make nearby live music more accessible than ever.

As part of plans to partner with various new companies Ticketmaster and Bandsintown have integrated their mobile apps. Bandsintown is an app that lets you see what artists are playing near you, when, and where. This new partnership means that you can see local gigs and book a ticket seamlessly.

Ticketmaster’s North American president, Jared Smith, said they want to make people more aware of live music in their vicinity. Smith said: “We’ve been partnering with a bunch of people like Bandsintown to drive that awareness. We have awareness problems in all those key categories so we partner with sites that have audiences that are complimentary to our own. We believe this integration is a big step forward by allowing users to stay within the app.

“Historically we’ve been a single channel seller and this is a way to be an open channel seller. Roughly 75% to 80% of fans are using their mobile device to discover events that they want to go to. So this is a big bet on the commerce side.”

According to Bandsintown chief executive Fabrice Sergent they have an audience of roughly 23 million registered users. That’s a lot of people looking to find live music nearby and with Ticketmaster’s integration will hopefully lead to a lot more people buying tickets to see local gigs thanks to the integration of discovery and purchase..

Sergent said: “Being mobile first and enabling the transaction to happen one-click away from the app is a key progress. That will have a significant impact and a positive impact for the app users.” He also mentioned that they provide around 7 million locals to concerts at local venues.

Ticketmaster’s Jared Smith said that based on beta testing by the company conversion rates could rise by 5X. Talking on their other partnerships they have planned Smith said: “We’re not opening the floodgates all at once. We’re going to roll out those partnerships incrementally.” He added that they want to find out more about their users so that they can create personalised experiences for them.

To use the new integrated experience of both apps you just need to open up the Bandsintown app for iOS or Android and when you find an event you want to go to you’ll be able to click a button to buy a ticket. At the moment you will need to enter your card information to make the payment but Smith says that various wallets will be integrated in future for even easier checkout.

Events with verified ticketing will start appearing by the end of the month and will increase as both companies add more artists.

Amazon Live Streaming Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Concert In First Ever Hosted Event

Amazon will live stream an “intimate hometown show” of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis for their first hosted concert.

Amazon have revealed they will be hosting their first ever live concert. Amazon are to live-stream the event which will take place in Seattle this Friday where the rapper Macklemore and his producer Ryan Lewis will perform in celebration of their new LP ‘This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’ releasing.

Amazon have been making some interesting moves in live streaming lately – only last month Amazon hosted a live stream of US President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union address. This will however be Amazon’s first music streaming event and marks a significant shift in focus as Amazon also advance further with their music streaming service. Currently packaged with Amazon Prime there have been suggestions that Amazon will release a separate, standalone music streaming service.

Amazon’s hosting and streaming of this concert is part of an effort by various music streamers to expand into visual media. Apple Music only earlier this week announced that their online radio station Beats 1 would be hosting and streaming their first ever concert, a The 1975 gig.

The Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert will available to watch on your computer on February 26th, 9:00pm PST/Feb. 27th 12:00am EST from: http://www.amazon.com/hometownshow-video. It will only be available to stream from a desktop computer and not mobile devices.

Apple Music’s First Ever Beats 1 Hosted Event – ‘The 1975’ Concert

Apple Music’s crown jewel, Beats 1 online radio are hosting their first event and livestream this week, a gig by The 1975.

British alt-rock band The 1975 have announced they will be livestreaming their concert in Los Angeles this Thursday using Apple’s 24/7 online radio station – Beats 1. Though this is by no means Apple’s first involvement in live music, e.g. the acclaimed Apple Music Festival, it is a new venture for Beats 1 and could mark the start of events hosted by the station.

Since Beats 1 launched alongside Apple Music last June users have applauded it’s range of content from major artist features and regular shows from globally renowned DJs. One thing listeners have requested since launch is more exclusive content and concert hosting could bring some more major appeal to the station, especially if they share the sexy aesthetic they’ve brought to this gig.

1975 Beats

The concert will feature some of The 1975’s hits as well as tracks from their new album ‘I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’ which releases the day after, on friday. It isn’t clear whether the stream will feature video or just an audio-stream but according to 9t05Mac “the stage setup seems to hint that a video will at least be filmed”.

Beats 1 launched last year as the flagship of Apple’s streaming service, Apple Music. Led by renowned DJ Zane Lowe, Beats 1 runs 24/7, entirely online and features exclusive shows with major artists, interviews, regular shows from DJs around the world and now, maybe, specially branded events.

Beats 1 is now the only free station after Apple announced they would be adding a paywall to iTunes radio. You can listen to The 1975’s concert on Beats 1 at 9AM PT/12PM ET on iTunes or the Apple Music app on smartphones.

Jukely’s Concert Subscriptions Arrives On Android

Jukely, a subscription service with unlimited access to live concerts in your city, has come to Android with an app.

Jukely is a service that users pay $25 a month for and can then book places at as many gigs as they want of the selected roster, updated every day. With hundreds of live shows to choose from users can select one show per day with a basic subscription. Alternatively for $45 a month you can add +1’s on your show bookings.

Since it’s launch in 2012 Jukely has raised over $12 million in funding and have established themselves in most major cities in the U.S. as well as expanding internationally last year to London. Though Jukely founder and CEO Bora Celik wouldn’t specify user numbers he stated that they could soon fill Madison Square Garden in New York (18,200 capacity) and that they are breaking records.

Now with the new Jukely Android application accompanying their website and iOS app it’s easier than ever to access the app and open up live music opportunities all month, every month. On the new app, Celik said: “We’ve always been aware of the large chunk of Jukely users using Android devices and we’re excited to finally give them a new tool for using Jukely. We really wanted to optimise and streamline the user experience on their mobile device, and introduce the Jukely experience to a whole new group of potential power users.”

The Android variant doesn’t feature everything from the iOS app, it’s most notable omission is Foursquare integration that guides users to nightlife, entertainment, bars and restaurants nearby to their shows. The Android version also doesn’t feature Spotify integration that allows you to open artists in the Spotify app to listen to. What it does do however is integrate Spotify directly into the app so you don’t even need to open a new application to listen to music.

Jukely have created a unique and much-needed business where users have a one-stop-shop for live music in their city where they can freely choose to attend whichever they want. Especially unique to the company is the idea of a subscription service that provides a buffet-like experience for gigs, something that is clearly connecting well with it’s users.

You can sign up to Jukely now from their website or using their iOS and Android apps.