Dan Johnson

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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

Your event, your website, your tickets

Want to include a ticket listing on your own website?

Here's how you do it.

1) Log into your promoter control panel and click on your event

2) At the top of the page just underneath your event details you'll see a link to your event on our website. Just underneath that you'll see 'Embed your ticket listing'

Control panel

3) Click

How is your event selling?

How is your event selling? It's a question all event organisers need to ask themselves. You need to know at a glance if you're on track to sell enough tickets to make the event profitable, visualise the results of particular marketing campaigns and compare sales patterns to previous events.

We've recently launched two amazing new ways of viewing your event

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

We hate to boast, but ...

We're sorry to talk about ourselves again, but, well it's our blog, and also it's something good for our clients too.

You may have noticed us popping up all over the internet recently? No? Well, you're about to. After evaluating many different options we've partnered with an advertising network that we believes shares our philosophy about advertising.

So if you're

The good Samaritan

As festivals fast approach and we all suffer our first sunburn of the year, it’s an opportunity to reflect on the diverse range of people and organisations you can find in the middle of those muddy fields.

In particular we want to draw your attention to an organisation called ‘Samaritans’, who you might have seen sitting around with their

Meet the team (part 2)

As promised, we are going to introduce you to more people in each of these posts. Here are two more members of the creative TTS team based in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.



Ben has worked as a software engineer at TheTicketSellers since 2014. He and his colleagues design and build new features for the website and event management software. Ben