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Booking fee-free app Dice joins Apple Music

The Shoreditch ticketing start-up, backed by Google's DeepMind, will curate playlists for Apple's streaming service

By IQ on 29 Jan 2016

Pat Mills, Josie Robs, Dice, Apple Music

Dice's Josie Robs (left) and Pat Mills

image © Dice

Google-backed ticketing app Dice has joined Apple Music as a playlist curator.

The British start-up, founded by Deadly People label boss Phil Hutcheon, aims to “give music back to the fans” by abolishing booking fees and – with each ticket irretrievably tied to the mobile device from which it was bought – taking on the touts. It was named by Apple as one of its best apps of 2015.

Other curators – which create ‘curator playlists’ for Apple Music users – include Pitchfork, Vice, Shazam, SBTV and XL Recordings.

Dice’s launch playlists include #TECHNOGYM (“THE very best in techno stompers new and old, ready for you to get your absolute pump on”) by Pat Mills and #POPBOPS by Josie Robs (“Her selections will be party-ready, powerful, pivotal, etc., but most of all, P.O.P.”).

It will also present three flagship series: ‘Live At’, featuring live recordings from some of the world’s most famous venues (the first is the Roundhouse in Camden); ‘Set List’, playing, as the same suggests, the set list from a gig the previous night (first up: The Maccabees in Brixton); and Lineup, featuring acts who’ve performed at some of the UK’s biggest festivals (starting with Field Day in Victoria Park).