Hospitality In The Park, Hospital Records Drum & Bass event in London

Hospital Records hosted their first ever Hospitality In The Park last weekend, a giant event in London celebrating the best in drum and bass music.

On the 24th September Hospital Records presented their first outdoor UK drum & bass event, marking their first step up from their massively popular drum & bass BBQ events. With 7 stages and over 50 acts the day was a hit for ravers, fans, and artists alike.

Hosted by Hospital’s events brand Hospitality, known around the world for their incredible music events, in Finsbury Park in London the day saw incredible performances from major acts like High Contrast and Modestep, to smoother flavours like Gentleman’s Dub Club who we got an interview with – check it out.

With the finest DJs providing the noise, 7 stages to choose from, fair ground rides, and a selection of renowned food vendors and hand picked craft beer there was something to please every drum & bass head. One Hospitality lover I spoke to at HitP said how amazing it was to see how far Hospital Records have come, adding: “It just goes to show there’s so many talented artists under Hospitality to [be able to] make this happen.”

Hospitality In The Park transformed Finsbury Park, London into a drum & bass dream for a dayHospitality In The Park transformed Finsbury Park, London into a drum & bass dream for a day

Whilst Hospitality In The Park 2016 is over we can’t wait to see what else Hospitality have to offer with their new scope and opportunities that came with Hospitality In The Park. Meanwhile Hospitality are holding loads of drum & bass nights at venues across the country, find out everything you need to know here:

Hospital Records presents Hospitality in the Park, drum and bass festival – Highlights from RouteNote coming soon

This weekend legendary drum and bass label Hospital Records host Hospitality in the Park, bringing together a load of the world’s hottest drum and bass acts to Hospital’s London origins.

Hospitality in the Park is a massive collection of some of the biggest names in drum and bass for one manic day of music, dance and good vibes. On Saturday the 24th London will come alive with the sound of drum and bass as Hospital Records presents their biggest event in over 20 years.

The line-up includes the cream of Hospital Record’s roster and talent from around the world with sets from High Contrast, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Modestep, DJ Marky, D Double E, Tim Westwood, and lots more.

This Saturday I (Jacca, writer of the words you’re currently reading with your eyes) will be at Hospitality in the Park to bring you the best highlights of the day and interviews with some of the brilliant artists that will be there. Check back on the RouteNote blog next week for our coverage of Hospitality in the Park.

Unfortunately tickets are all sold out but keep your eyes out for one of Hospital Records many other amazing events and festivals.

Madison Square Garden purchase 12% stake in Townsquare for more live events

The Madison Square Garden company have purchased a stake in media company Townsquare to “drive additional value and growth”.

In a big move for the Madison Square Garden (MSG) company they’ve acquired 12% in Townsquare, company behind radio stations, various digital assets and live events. Together the two companies will work to create more live offerings for MSG’s venues and more events for Townsquare.

It’s a big opportunity for both as MSG’s venues include the famed Madison Square Gardens, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre in New York, The Forum in California, and The Chicago Theatre and Wang Theatre in Boston. Townsquare’s events include Mountain Jam, WE Fest, the Taste of Country Music Festival and Country Jam.

The Madison Square Garden Company’s President and CEO, David O’Connor said: Using its diversified portfolio of radio stations, digital assets and live events, Townsquare creates compelling content that brings people together and builds communities. We understand and share their belief in the value of exceptional, live experiences, and look forward to working together through this new partnership – which is another opportunity that our partner, Irving Azoff, brought to out attention – to drive additional value and growth for both businesses.”

Chairman and CEO of Azoff MSG Entertainment, Irving Azoff says: “I have had the opportunity to work the Townsquare team closely this past year. These guys really excel and are a perfect complement to what we are building at Azoff MSG Entertainment. When this opportunity presented itself, my partners at MSG enthusiastically invested. I look forward to deepening our relationship and working on both existing and new projects with Townsquare and MSG.”

Look forward to some new events from Townsquare and MSG in the future.

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.