Dan Johnson

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Your summer music festival guide

Whether it’s your first music festival or your hundredth, there are lots of little hacks that will improve and simplify your festival experience. Planning ahead helps you focus on what really matters once you arrive: the festival itself. Here are some things to consider as you prep for next summer’s music festival scene.

Day Bag

Whether it’s

Get fully immersed in Boomtown

When you need to recruit a huge number of eager beavers to volunteer at your event, litter picking, stewarding or working on the gates, you need a system that's simple and straightforward, maximising every opportunity to sign someone up.

My Cause are renowned throughout festival land for providing first class volunteers at events, so when they turned to TheTicketSellers to

Grinagog, a weekend of mudless mischief by the sea

We had the pleasure to bump into Chris Tofu of Continental Drifts at the Festival Congress in Cardiff last November, and whilst out in that most important of areas for doing business (the smoking yard!), we discussed the trials and tribulations of ticketing for multi venue events.

Working with the Grinagog team on the project has been great fun and

Backstage with David Nash from Birmingham Pride

Birmingham Pride 2017 hits the streets of Birmingham's Gay Village on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May this year for another colourful, fun, glittery and music filled celebration. We wanted to delve into the history of the event so we grabbed Director David Nash for a quick chat.

David Nash

When did Birmingham Pride start and how has it changed?
Birmingham Pride,

Join the revolution

Energy Revolution is a charitable industry collaboration making a huge impact. One of the biggest factors contributing to CO2 emissions from any festival is audience travel and the Energy Revolution are helping events counteract their impact in different ways.

One of which is the Travel Carbon Calculator which allows ticket buying customers to enter their postcode and be informed of

If it’s good enough for Amazon...

Essential to all good e-commerce sites is ease of navigation and reduced number of clicks to complete the checkout process and receive goods.

To maximise conversions, we’ve analysed the process flow, adhered to industry best practise and are proud to say that our new streamlined checkout is among the best around.

In just a few clicks, customers can purchase

Our team continues to grow

As our client list grows and we establish ourselves in new markets, it is essential that we take on experts in the relevant fields to support this expansion.

We already have a great bunch of people who work at TheTicketSellers but let us tell you who will be joining them; 'fanfare, banners and balloons' Mo Atif (senior .NET Developer), Reece

Backstage with Tom from Swingamajig

It's nearly time to get festival season into full swing and what better way to get things moving than to catch up with Tom Hyland from Swingamajig.

Tom Hyland

Swingamajig is a festival of vintage inspired mayhem and delight. It grew out of a club night run by the Electric Swing Circus in Birmingham, and our venue at Shambala Festival and after

The Leading Ladies in Music - International Women's Day

It's International Women's Day and we thought that we'd celebrate the talents of our favorite musical ladies. With everything from singer-songwriter to trap, this list has got it all.

1. Nastia / DJ

From minimal Drum & Bass to deep thumping Techno Nastia's bag of tricks seems to be never ending. With a cover mix for MixMag already under her belt

Birmingham Pride 2017: The Entertainment

Birmingham Pride takes over Birmingham city center on 27th and 28th May with a variety of musical acts, a carnival parade, fun fair, street party and a fantastic clubbing experience. This year, the festival is celebrating 'LOVE & PRIDE' - to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality.

The Pride team have been busy behind the scenes curating

Eventree Overseas: Envision Festival 2017

We we proud to work with Envision Festival last month for crew accreditation and meal redemption. This marked two firsts for Eventree:

Our first international event

Envision Festival takes place in Costa Rica, just a short walk from the beach but a long way from home. Eventree worked flawlessly which was especially pleasing given that we supported the entire event

Backstage with Mazzy from The Night Owl

This month for our Backstage section we caught up with Mazzy at The Night Owl, your go to venue for soul and retro music in Birmingham! They have recently had a new stage installed so we thought what better time to pop by and check it out.


When did The night Owl launch?
The Night Owl launched in July 2015,

Lets get giving... again!

It's that time of the year again were we at TheTicketSellers revive our lovely Christmas tradition, the 'Giving Tree', which is now in it's Third year!

Like virtually every business in the UK we have a Christmas tree in our office. But underneath our tree you won't find traditional presents, or even "humorous" secret Santa gifts.

Instead, you

Secret Garden Party 2016 - More lineup announcements...

1st February 2017

It's that time of year, Festival lineups are coming thick and fast and Secret Garden Party have provided the goods.

Secret Garden Party welcome Crystal Fighters, Wild Beasts, Peaches, Jorja Smith, Fickle Friends and that's just the start. There's still plenty of live music, arts and frivolity to announce for the Secret Garden Party 2017 edition as

Backstage with Davey from Ecko Promotions

It's that time again! We go backstage with DJ, Radio Presenter and Producer, Davey Ecko. He's also the mastermind behind; Wide Awake Club , Decadence, Heroes Of House, 1 Night Stand, Bassline Gathering, oh and he runs a vape shop too!

Davey has been running his ticketing though TheTicketSellers for many years and we thought it was time to catch up

TheTicketSellers at Festival Congress 2016

As you probably know, we're at Festival Congress 2017 as the headline sponsor. Over the two days we're going to be rather busy, so we thought we'd keep you updated with what we're up to!

Monday (31/10/16)

Packing up our business cards and brochures ready for tomorrow. Before you ask, yes, they're both made from recycled paper!

Cards Brochures


TheTicketSellers at The Showman's Show 2016

Last year we attended the Showman's Show for the first time and we loved it so much that we're heading back again! We met so many fantastic people that we couldn't miss the chance to show our faces again.

Last year we set up a mini-festival themed stall for the show and got dressed up in our festival gear, wellies,

AIF reveals shortlist for 2016 Festival Congress Awards


The nominees for the 3rd Festival Congress Awards have just been announced taking place during the Festival Congress on the 1st November at the DEPOT in Cardiff. The awards will be hosted by Glastonbury’s Ben Challis and are decided on by votes from AIF members.

There are ten award categories including, ‘New Festival on the Block’, ‘Unique Festival Arena’

Backstage with Lee from Lakefest

With festivals come many colourful and interesting characters, from the attendees to the people running them, everyone has a story to tell. Lakefest has recently joined our ever growing list of festivals and we caught up with the man behind it all, Lee Martin.


When did Lakefest start and how has it grown?
It all started with a giant cider

Check you out!

Well actually, check you in is exactly what we did to 50,000 eager Boomtown customers this summer. The festival were very keen for people to only bring in alcohol the first time they entered the festival, so once they had their wristband put on, our API polled the system and enabled the wristband (this meant that any stolen wristbands

No one really likes a queue

When high demand is expected on the website, we have previously had to rely on third party queuing software to protect our servers and deliver people steadily onto the site, ready to buy their tickets. Although the software is good, it feels a bit strange when all you want to do is get on and buy tickets to be stuck

Backstage with Ted from Swoon

Swoon emerged in 1993 and it's held many a party, but now it's time to witness The Final Swoon event this October. Ted has been there from the start and he's preparing for Swoon's final blow out. We managed to grab Ted for a quick chat about this legendary club night.


When did Swoon start and how has it changed

Backstage with Nozstock

Nozstock has evolved from a gathering of 50 friends into an intimate musical odyssey joining the dots between pop, ska, folk, funk, soul, indie, drum’n’bass, psytrance, house and a whole lot more.

We caught up with Rob, one of the Directors to find out a little more about the event.

When did Nozstock start and how has it

Removing groups from Eventree

Did you know you can remove a group from eventree in just 3 clicks?

First go to the parent section of the group (i.e. the section containing the group you want to delete):

Then do this:

Click 1 - click on the drop down menu next to the group:

Click 2 - click on delete:

Click 3 - confirm

Who's buying for your event?

Do you want to know who's bought tickets for your event? Perhaps you want to email them all and you need a list of email addresses. Or maybe you're just curious.

Luckily for you it's really easy to get a list of everyone who has bought a ticket to your event.

1) Log into our website using your promoter account

Backstage with Steve Griffiths from Splosh!

Backstage has already visited the teams behind Just So Festival, Lost Carnival, a Day at the Lake, Cream Birmingham and Our House Rave. Now it's time to take it back to the 90's, with Steve 'Griffo' Griffiths from Splosh!

Throughout the 90's Splosh! put on underground parties throughout the Midlands and also infamous all-nighters at the Q Club, bringing guest

Backstage with Sarah Bird from Wild Rumpus

Things are about to get wild on edition number 2 of Backstage. If you want to jump knee deep into the world of Just So Festival, The Lost Carnival and A Day at The Lake, then you're in the right place.

We started working with the Wild Rumpus team last year and we wanted them to spill the beans on

Backstage with Magika

Welcome to the second edition of Backstage where we go into the greenroom, the VIP area and behind the stage with some of the biggest and best event organisers in the country. If you missed our first edition with George Kafetzis, click here.

We've managed to grab an exclusive interview with MC Magika who is responsible for some of the

Backstage with George Kafetzis

Hello and welcome to the first edition of Backstage. We work with some of the oldest, biggest and best events in the country and we wanted to find out more about the people behind them. We delve into the habits, hobbies and lives of the creatives, promoters and busy people responsible for parties, festivals and more.

For this instalment we

It's like we're giving things away

If you're running a free event you still might want to register attendees. There are many reasons to do this, including limiting numbers (i.e. to ensure that you don't exceed capacity for the event), getting commitment from attendees in advance (to help you plan catering etc) and to gather attendee data for future marketing.

We've spoken to a few