Clean Bandit DJ set to headline NFT-ticketed tour
Event ticketing platform SeatlabNFT plans to showcase the capabilities of NFT ticketing across a new seven-concert series at select universities across the UK.
Marking the start of the academic year, Seatlab Sounds will feature headline shows from Clean Bandit’s Luke Patterson (DJ set), Hardy Caprio, R3WIRE, LF System, Shane Codd and Karen Harding.
Tour dates include Cardiff District (28 September), Swansea University and Ministry of Sound, London (29 September), O2 Academy Leicester (30 September) and Essex University (1 October), with an additional stop at Teesside University to be confirmed.
Each Freshers’ event will demonstrate the platform’s features via unique NFT collectibles for attendees, with fans also able to enter a lottery to win free tickets through the SeatlabNFT app.
We’ve operated in live events for over a decade and have seen first-hand the problems that exist in the industry
The company’s CEO Ryan Kenny says ticketing blockchain technology can prevent counterfeiting and enable artists and event organisers to regain control of the secondary market, while enhancing the event experience for fans.
“We’ve operated in live events for over a decade and have seen first-hand the problems that exist in the industry,” says SeatlabNFT CEO Ryan Kenny “We know there’s a huge amount of dissatisfaction from fans on all sides about how event ticketing currently works, and this is a great opportunity for us to show people that it’s possible to have an event ticketing platform that actually enhances the event experience, rather than being just another money-maker.”
The Seatlab Sounds tour follows the platform’s collaboration with the UK’s Lost Village festival in August, which saw it launch an NFT membership card experience. The app was downloaded over 4,500 times across iOS and Android devices.
The company also recently hired former Ticketmaster head of commercial partnerships Paul Kelly as head of global strategy.
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Baloise Session reveals 2017 line-up
Swiss festival mainstay Baloise Session has unveiled its 2017 line-up, with Alicia Keys, Madness, Chris Rea, Goldfrapp, Kool & the Gang and Clean Bandit among the big names appearing on this year’s characteristically genre-bending bill.
The indoor festival, which takes place in an “intimate club-like setting by candlelight” at Messeplatz in Basel, this year runs from 21 October to 9 November, and, as is tradition, features a series of themed shows, including ‘Electronic Cosmos, ‘Pop Superstars’, German- and Icelandic-themed nights and two “Evenings with…” Keys.
The number of dates has been trimmed from 12 to ten for Baloise Session 2017 – its second festival following the passing of founder Thomas Müller last July – something festival director Beatrice Stirnimann says is a reflection of its philosophy that “less is sometimes more”. “We’re focusing on quality, not quantity”, she said at a press conference earlier this week.
The full line-up is below: