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CoS, Vivid Seats in secondary ticketing tie-up

Vivid Seats has been named the ‘exclusive secondary ticket partner’ of influential music and film website Consequence of Sound (CoS), integrating its event listings into CoS in a move it says will “streamline the ticket-buying process for music fans interested in attending concerts and other live events all over the country”.

The deal is the second tie-up between a media organisation and secondary ticketing site in as many months, mirroring the recently announced partnership between Vox Media (SB Nation, Eater) and StubHub.

It also sees Vivid sponsor the CoS Festival Outlook channel, and the launch of a new weekly email “highlighting the hottest tickets to buy” on Vivid Seats.

“We are excited to partner with an industry leader while providing our readers with streamlined access to the secondary market”

“Vivid Seats has long been one of our favourite ticketing sites, and we are excited to partner with an industry leader while providing our readers with streamlined access to the secondary market,” says CoS founder and CEO Alex Young (pictured). “We anticipate this partnership will allow Consequence of Sound to continue to provide benefits to our readership which no other publication provides.”

“We are very excited about partnering with a fellow Chicago company, especially a leading music publication like Consequence of Sound,” adds Vivid Seats’ director of business development, Alexia Caulk. “Our focus is to leverage our platform and create more convenient ways for fans to purchase tickets. We are excited to create compelling editorials for their readership as well.”


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Fillmore named America’s greatest music venue

The Fillmore in San Francisco has been named America’s greatest music venue by online music magazine Consequence of Sound.

The Fillmore opened in 1912 (as The Majestic) but was made famous in the late ’60s by promoter Bill Graham, who booked leading underground acts such as the Grateful Dead, The Doors, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who, Pink Floyd, Cream, Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding for the 1,199-capacity venue. It closed in 1970 and lie vacant for many years before becoming a punk club, finally reopening as a tribute to Graham in 1991 following his death in a helicopter crash.

CoS’s Jack Ruskin writes:

Acts like The White Stripes, Radiohead, Blur, The Foo Fighters, and countless others have all visited The Fillmore on their way to superstardom. The space has also been a favourite spot for secret shows from contemporary heavy-hitters like Metallica and the recently departed Prince, and is often used as a filming locale for stand-up comedy specials. To this day, a ticket to the Fillmore ensures a poster and an apple on the way out, a friendly “farewell” from the greeter at the top of the stairs and a concert experience unlike any other.

New York’s Bowery Ballroom – in the news on IQ recently following the purchase of promoter The Bowery Presents by AEG Live – is ranked second in CoSs top 100, with Nina Corcoran calling it “an establishment that’s as much a brand as it is a vital organ of New York City’s music scene, and it won’t be stopping anytime soon”, while the 1,100-capacity Metro Chicago – where “rare is a night when even the sloppiest, dirtiest, and straggliest outfit doesn’t come off sounding legendary” – is third.

The iconic Hollywood Bowl places fourth, the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, fifth, Stubb’s in Austin, Texas, sixth, Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado seventh, Boston’s Great Scott eighth, The Gorge in George, Washington, ninth and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, 10th.

Read the full list at Consquence of Sound.