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See Tickets Acquires Exhibition Architect (EA)

See Tickets has acquired Exhibition Architect (EA), the leading exhibitor manual and marketplace provider to the UK, Europe, and Middle East.

Already a market leader in full-service ticketing and trade registrations after acquiring LiveBuzz in 2021, the purchase of EA represents See Tickets’ continued growth within the exhibition and conference industry. The acquisition will result in significant benefits for See Tickets’ clients and event organisers alike.

Rob Wilmshurst, Global CEO at See Tickets said: “We are delighted to welcome EA into the business and add exhibitor manuals to our growing suite of products and services for the exhibition and conference industry. We are excited for the next stage of our expansion having already integrated many See and LiveBuzz services seamlessly at events this year.” 

Ed Scutt (pictured) of Exhibition Architect said: “I am thrilled to work with See Tickets and LiveBuzz. Both brands lead the way as premium providers in the industry and this – coupled with the fact we share so many customers - felt like the right fit for us. I see huge potential in the joined-up package we can offer and I’m excited by the strength this unification can bring to our industry”.

About See Tickets

See Tickets is a leading, independent, full-service ticketing business. Headquartered in the UK, See Tickets has offices in 10 countries including France, US, Spain, Netherlands and Switzerland with 8,000 clients globally.  In the UK, See Tickets’ consumer exhibitions clients include Immediate Live, Brand Events, Clarion, Media 10, NCC Events, Bodypower and Touchpoint Live Media.

In 2021, See Tickets acquired LiveBuzz, an award-winning provider of event registration, event websites and event staffing. LiveBuzz makes the professional lives of event organisers and event marketing managers better, providing services including digital badges, smooth visitor flow, contactless registration and lead retrieval.  

About Exhibition Architect

Exhibition Architect is the premium solution when it comes to Exhibitor Manuals, trusted repeatedly by the some of the world’s largest event organisers to support their event operations. Over the last decade it has been their online backbone to manage exhibitors for thousands of events ranging from 50 to 2500 exhibitors. It has many out-of-the-box integrations and SSO capabilities with other leading event technology solutions, and its inherent tried and trusted ecommerce capabilities - heavily tailored to the event industry over the last ten years - provide a comprehensive marketplace for exhibitors to purchase products and services from event suppliers.

 

 

 

See Tickets to Sponsor Women in Exhibitions      

See Tickets will sponsor Women in Exhibitions’ upcoming London event to support the work it does to nurture the industry’s next generation of female leaders. Women In Exhibitions runs mentoring schemes, provides professional development and career support with the overall aim of empowering women working at any level in the sector.     

Tamar Beck, CEO of Gleanin and UK Chapter Founding Member said: “We’re delighted that See Tickets is supporting the Women in Exhibitions' UK network. Their sponsorship has made it possible for around 100 of our members to come together to meet and connect on 5th May.”

See Tickets is a leader in consumer exhibitions ticketing and last year's acquisition of LiveBuzz marked its move into trade exhibition registration services. More information on the Women in Exhibitions network  and its upcoming events can be found here

Animated fantasy film My Neighbour Totoro will be brought to the stage by the RSC this autumn

The Royal Shakespeare Company and Executive Producer Joe Hisaishi, present the global premiere of Japanese creative powerhouse Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbour Totoro live on stage at London’s Barbican this autumn in collaboration with Improbable and Nippon TV.

The celebrated 1988 animated feature film by Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) will be brought to the stage by its original composer Joe Hisaishi in a landmark new adaptation by the RSC (Matilda The Musical) written by playwright Tom Morton-Smith (Oppenheimer).

This enchanting coming-of-age story explores the magical fantasy world of childhood and the transformative power of imagination, as it follows one extraordinary summer in the lives of sisters Satsuki and Mei.

In order to be closer to their mother while she recovers from an illness in a rural convalescent hospital, their father moves the family to the countryside. As the girls explore their beautiful new surroundings, Mei encounters magical creatures and the ancient protector of the forest she calls Totoro.

Although Satsuki doesn’t believe her little sister at first, they are soon both swept up in exciting adventures with their new neighbours – transported to a long-forgotten realm of spirits, sprites, and natural wonder.

Directed by Phelim McDermott with production design by Tom Pye, costume design by Kimie Nakano, and lighting design by Jessica Hung Han Yun, this ground-breaking production will feature puppetry created by Basil Twist and music from Joe Hisaishi’s iconic score in a new orchestration by Will Stuart, performed live with sound design by Tony Gayle.

My Neighbour Totoro will play a strictly limited 15-week season from 8 October 2022 - 21 January 2023 and promises to delight all generations.

Tickets go on sale on 19 May 2022

 

Ministry of Sound Reappoints See Tickets

Ministry of Sound has reappointed See Tickets to handle ticketing for its flagship London club having acted as its box office since 2015.

Dan Corry, Operations Director at Ministry of Sound said: “Ministry of Sound is delighted to have signed a 3-year deal which will see our partnership through 7-10 years together. See has a great system with tools to match, making operating and analysing the business an easy task. This gives us much needed time planning and putting on the best club shows in the UK.”

Rob Wilmshurst, Group CEO at See Tickets said: “We’re delighted to have resigned on our partnership with Ministry of Sound - a truly iconic London venue and global brand.”  

Get in touch with us at workwithus@seetickets.com    

 

About See Tickets

See Tickets is an independent, full-service ticketing company headquartered in the UK with offices in 10 countries. Its music, venue and festival clients include Glastonbury Festival, SJM Concerts, U-Live, Ministry of Sound, Crosstown Concerts, Boardmasters Festival, NASS Festival, The Albert Hall Manchester and Alexandra Palace. See Tickets also works with over 90% of the consumer exhibitions market and is partner to many of the UK’s leading attractions.     

See Tickets partners with London's iconic KOKO

London’s iconic KOKO, which will reopen in April 2022 after a £70m restoration and redevelopment, has selected See Tickets as official ticketing partner.

The 50,000 square foot state-of-the-art live music venue and broadcasting house will host live music and DJ performances from up to nine spaces, including the restored 19th century theatre and newly revealed, the historic ‘Fly Tower’ venue, as well as Café KOKO featuring intimate live performances.  KOKO’s launch programme includes a three-night residency from Lianne La Havas and headline slots from Jorja Smith and Peter Doherty.

With innovation at the heart of the partnership, See will assign its UX team to work on projects including an integration with KOKO’s membership platform and a continued evolution of the ticketing journey to offer customers quicker and smarter ways to book.  See Tickets’ service will also include access control solutions, a branded ticketing site and digital marketing support.   

Rob Wilmshurst, Global CEO at See Tickets said: “KOKO is a game changing new venue for the industry and See Tickets are so proud that the shareholders recognise our continual commitment to service quality and technical innovation.  We are very impressed with the imagination behind the development and we firmly believe it will raise the bar for the global venue sector.

Olly Bengough, KOKO’s CEO/Founder said: “We are hugely excited that KOKO is returning to the people this Spring with such a dynamic new ticket provider like See  Tickets.  We hope to have a great partnership and look forward to working with their innovative tech solutions”.

                      

ENDS

For more information on See Tickets contact kiren.pooni@seetickets.com 

Image: KOKO Theatre credit Sam Neil 

 

About See Tickets

See Tickets is an independent, full service ticketing company headquartered in the UK with offices in 10 countries. Its music, venue and festival clients include Glastonbury Festival, SJM Concerts, U-Live, Crosstown Concerts, Boardmasters Festival, NASS Festival, Ministry of Sound, The Albert Hall Manchester and Alexandra Palace.    

 

About KOKO

For more information contact laura@koko.uk.com

London’s iconic KOKO, a favourite of Prince, Kanye West, Amy Winehouse, Madonna and Dua Lipa, will relaunch in spring 2022 after £70m of investment, as a state-of-the-art live music venue spanning 50,000 square feet, with ambitions to deliver an unrivalled experience for live music fans and with high spec streaming capabilities integrated throughout. 

 

Founder and Creative Director Olly Bengough  masterminded the vision for the future of KOKO over a six year period, working with loving care and attention on the planning and restoration of the new building alongside English Heritage, Camden Council, Archer Humphryes (Chiltern Firehouse, The Peninsula Hotel - exterior architecture) and Pirajean Lees (interior architecture).

 

After three years of construction and restoration, overcoming challenges of a biblical nature - a blazing fire, colossal water damage and a global pandemic - Founder and CEO Olly Bengough has persevered with his ground-breaking vision to redefine live music and entertainment, with a mission to support and empower the next generation of musicians. 

 

In the past KOKO has hosted over 500 shows per year, holding an exceptional legacy in helping to launch some of the most important musicians of the modern era from Dua Lipa, Amy Winehouse, Stormzy, Skepta, Dave, H.E.R, Childish Gambino, Brockhampton, Janelle Monae, Halsey and more, many of whom go on to become Grammy award winning stadium acts.

 

Whilst KOKO has always been a favourite of the stars, from Kanye West and Bruno Mars to Ed Sheeran and Coldplay, the new KOKO will continue on its mission to support and empower the next generation of musicians - by creating more spaces to artists to play and livestream in the building, supporting talent on the new KOKO Radio station and through the new KOKO Foundation.

 

The new venture is being launched in partnership with SISTER, the multi-award winning global content company behind productions such as Chernobyl and forthcoming titles such as This is Going to Hurt, with recent investments including Olivia Colman and Ed Sinclair’s production company South of the River Pictures and podcast studio Campside Media. 

 

 

 

 

LiveBuzz, Part of See Tickets, Appoints Operations Director

LiveBuzz, recently acquired by See Tickets, is delighted to announce Sam Corbett has re-joined the business as Operations Director. Sam is charged with improving the excellent service already provided by LiveBuzz today and combining the sales and operational opportunities afforded by the See Tickets group in the UK and overseas.

Rob Wilmshurst, Group CEO of See Tickets said “Sam has been on our radar for some time as a person who could help us move into this segment. It’s perfect he is re-joining LiveBuzz following our acquisition of the business. He knows the people, the systems and the clients.”

Sam Corbett says, “I am excited to have re-joined LiveBuzz at the start of this new growth phase and am really looking forward to seeing the benefits and opportunities that being part of the See Tickets family will bring to the trade exhibition registration industry.”

Sam has over 20 years’ experience in the trade show and conference registration industry. He has overseen the successful delivery of events all over the world and brings experience on both the organiser and supplier side.

Already the market leader in UK consumer exhibition ticketing, See Tickets has the ambition to become a leader in trade exhibition registration services. Its acquisition of LiveBuzz perfectly complements its existing activities and will result in significant benefits for clients and consumers alike.

 

About See Tickets

See Tickets is part of Vivendi, the international media, content and communication group. A leading, independent, full-service ticketing business with headquarters in the UK, See Tickets has offices in 10 countries including France, US, Spain, Netherlands and Switzerland with 8,000 clients globally. 

In the UK, See Tickets’ consumer exhibitions clients include Immediate Live (formerly Upper Street Events and River Street Events), Brand Events, Clarion, Media 10, NCC Events, Raccoon Events, Bodypower, M Squared Media and Touchpoint Live Media.

About LiveBuzz

LiveBuzz, a See Tickets company, is an award-winning provider of event registration, event websites and event staffing. LiveBuzz makes the professional lives of event organisers and event marketing managers better, providing services including digital badges, smooth visitor flow, contactless registration and lead retrieval.  

 

See Tickets Acquires LiveBuzz

See Tickets Acquires LiveBuzz

 

See Tickets, a leading, independent, full-service ticketing business wholly owned by Vivendi, today announce the acquisition of LiveBuzz, a leading provider of services to the UK exhibition services segment. This transaction expands See Tickets’ presence in growing businesses.

 

Already the market leader in UK consumer exhibition ticketing, See Tickets has the ambition to become the market leader in trade exhibition registration services.

 

This acquisition perfectly complements its existing activities and will result in significant benefits for clients and consumers alike. The transaction is immediately accretive to earnings.

 

The board of See Tickets has been impressed with the technology and expertise demonstrated at LiveBuzz. It plans to invest in the teams and in technology to expand the business further.

 

Rob Wilmshurst, Global CEO at See Tickets, said: ”We are delighted to have completed this transaction and warmly welcome the LiveBuzz team to the See Tickets family. We firmly believe there is huge potential in this acquisition and the efficient combination of both existing operations will provide a powerful operating framework that will be unrivalled and will greatly benefit all stakeholders in the exhibition space in the UK and progressively in the other countries where See Tickets operates”.

 

Emma Eveleigh, Director of LiveBuzz said: “I am hugely encouraged that See Tickets have acquired the business and will invest towards our next phase of growth. I am truly delighted to continue to lead LiveBuzz and combine our respective areas of expertise for the good of the industry. The evolutionary thinking and proven capability of LiveBuzz, is being aligned with an industry titan. Here we go Rock & Roll - what’s not to be excited about”. 

 

About See Tickets

See Tickets is a leading, independent, full-service ticketing business. Headquartered in the UK, See Tickets has offices in 10 countries including France, US, Spain, Netherlands and Switzerland with 8,000 clients globally. 

In the UK, See Tickets’ consumer exhibitions clients include Immediate Live (formerly Upper Street Events and River Street Events), Brand Events, Clarion, Media 10, NCC Events, Raccoon Events, Bodypower, M Squared Media and Touchpoint Live Media.

 

About LiveBuzz

LiveBuzz is an award-winning provider of event registration, event websites and event staffing. LiveBuzz makes the professional lives of event organisers and event marketing managers better, providing services including digital badges, smooth visitor flow, contactless registration and lead retrieval.  

 

 

See Tickets Spain Announces Appointment of Managing Director

See Tickets Spain Announces Appointment of Managing Director  

See Tickets has announced an addition to its International Senior Management Team, following the hire of Adriana Garcia-Abril Ruiz in the new role of Managing Director of See Tickets Spain.

Adriana brings a wealth of knowledge drawn from corporate, commercial and intellectual property law and extensive ticketing experience with her most recent position being that of Rights Holder Manager (Spain) of Stubhub.

Adriana starts with the business with immediate effect and will be an integral part of the wider See Tickets International Team as it develops and grows operations in a collaborative and consistent manner across Europe, US and beyond. Adriana is charged with developing all aspects of See Tickets’ Spanish business including building the team to address all of the operational activities with a focus on client support, client and customer service and business development.

Rob Wilmshurst, Group CEO of See Tickets says: “We are very excited we have secured Adriana’s services to help us deliver world class services into a region where culture and entertainment are a very important part of life.

“This important step in our Spanish operation is a first of many actions we will take to give our clients, both old and new, and their customers, the market leading services they deserve.”

Adriana Garcia-Abril Ruiz says: “It is an honour to join See Tickets, a benchmark company in ticketing, because we share the excitement and goal of being a key player in the recovery of culture, and the support of artists and promoters. Most especially in this sensitive, but pivotal time.”

See Tickets is a leading player in the ticketing business in Europe and in the United States. It offers an expanded range of solutions and services: ticketing, legal ticket resale, fully integrated CRM (customer relationship management), access control and marketing solutions.

Its client base of some 10,000 organisations, companies and promoters covers concerts, shows and festivals as well as museums, theatres, fairs and trade fairs, exhibitions and other one-off events, as well as sporting events.

See Tickets is owned by the global media, content and communication group Vivendi. It started 25 years ago, and today has offices in nine European countries including the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland, and in the United States in Los Angeles and Nashville. See Tickets was named Ticketing Company of the Year by the UK trade publication Music Week. www.seetickets.com

 

 

Monopoly Lifesized and See Tickets Bring the Board Game to Life

Monopoly Lifesized and See Tickets Bring the Board Game to Life    

See Tickets is official ticketing partner to brand new immersive event experience Monopoly Lifesized. Created by Hasbro, Inc and Gamepath, the new London-based attraction will combine the best of the cherished board game with escape rooms and team challenges.

See Tickets has worked closely with the event team to create a branded, white label ticket site where customers select from multiple timeslot and date sessions. As part of the partnership, account management and marketing support will also be provided throughout the event’s run. 

Rob Wilmshurst, Global CEO at See Tickets said: “There’s currently nothing like Monopoly Lifesized anywhere in the world and so we’re very proud to have the opportunity to be involved in what we believe is going to be a hugely popular event.

“We have significantly increased our immersive event and attractions business over the last year and this is a very welcome addition to our client portfolio.”

David Hutchinson CEO of Gamepath said, “For us, Monopoly Lifesized represents a major entry into a growing and exciting marketplace. Audiences want to consume live performance differently, and what better way than to jump into a lifesized version of the world’s favourite board game?

 “After everything we’ve missed out on individually and collectively and given the decimation of our high streets and city centres, it’s really exciting to be launching this now – we hope that we’ll be able to contribute to the recovery of Central London, and bring people back together in our fabulous Capital with a major new attraction in a major new destination building

 “We are thrilled to be partnering with See Tickets on this launch, and to be creatively collaborating with them in order to give people the best experience this summer”

 Monopoly Lifesized will consist of a 75-minute gameplay segment on a 15 x 15m board including escape room challenges. Each board can host between eight and 24 people split into four teams and special junior sessions are bookable for families. Each property square will have a full-sized, location specific room behind it that players enter to participate in a challenge to ‘acquire’ that particular property. 

 Monopoly Lifesized opens in August and is located on Tottenham Court Road. https://www.monopolylifesized.com/

Christmas at Kew

A botanical world filled with seasonal cheer

It’s the most wonderful time of the year when over a million lights, lasers and seasonal sounds fill the air with festive fun at Kew Gardens. Look forward to some together time with family and friends, as you discover sparkling tunnels of light, dancing waterside reflections and trees drenched in jewel-like colour on your way to the panoramic Palm House display. For a moment of reflection, pause at mesmerising flickering flames in the fire garden, larger-than-life illuminations and don’t forget to glimpse Father Christmas along the way.

Our crew of talented independent street food vendors bring a delicious twist to tasty treats on offer. Have yourself a holly, jolly Christmas and complete your walk under the stars with a *spiced winter warmer or *hot chocolate shared with someone special.

Your very merriest Christmas starts here. Limited capacity with timed entry. Plan now to secure the date and time of your choice.

*separate charges apply

Book now

More information 

DATES

Wednesday 17 November 2021 – Sunday 9 January 2022

ENTRY TIMES

• Christmas at Kew opens at 4.20pm and closes at 10pm.
• Main Entrance - Victoria Gate: Choose from twelve entry times every 20 minutes between 4.20pm and 8pm. Last entry 8.15pm.
• Tickets with pre-paid parking at Brentford Gate - choose from eight timed entry slots, at 20-minute intervals, between 4.40pm and 7pm. Last entry at 7.20pm

PRICES

Tickets from £21.50 (£14 for children). Kew Members receive further discounts. Booking fees apply.

Independent Venue Week: In Conversation With Our Group CEO

Our Group CEO will be interviewed as part of IVW to talk about independent venues and growing See Tickets from a Nottingham record shop to the business it is today. 

Live streamed from The Boileroom, Guildford on Thursday 28th January at 6pm.

Tickets available here.

 

See Tickets is Official Ticketing Partner to Independent Venue Week 2021

See Tickets will be official ticketing partner to Independent Venue Week 2021. IVW will run from 25 to 31 January 2021 and will celebrate the venues across the UK which not only act as much-loved live music hubs but often double up to provide creative spaces for their local communities.

See Tickets has long been a champion of independent venues working with more than 50 venue partners across the UK including The Leadmill, Electric Ballroom, Albert Hall Manchester, Village Underground, Omeara, The Brudenell, Alexandra Palace, The Boileroom, Sneaky Pete’s, Bush Hall and Lincoln Engine Shed.

Rob Wilmshurst, Global CEO at See Tickets said: "We're very proud to be supporting IVW 2021 in what has been a challenging time for live event venues. These spaces are at the heart of the live music scene and we feel strongly that their contribution should be both recognised and celebrated."

Sybil Bell, Founder of Independent Venue Week said: "We're so chuffed to be working with See Tickets for #IVW21. See are hugely favoured by so many of our venues and promoters and having worked with the team on and off over the years, we totally understand why. Working with like-minded people who care passionately about the grassroots community is always important to us and formalising our working relationship this year feels like a great next step."

More news on the 2021 IVW programme will follow in the coming weeks with events likely to include live streams and socially distanced gigs.

See Tickets Launches Socially Distanced Seat Plan Functionality

See Tickets has launched a tool-set to create and manage ‘socially distanced’ seating plans. This has been used successfully in a number of recent circumstances.

This feature will allow any configuration of ‘social distancing’ from variations on the initial chequer board concepts, to the wrapping of any number of ‘dead’ seats around any quantity of seats sold as a ‘bubble’.

Any configuration can be designed including table plans, camp sites(!) and traditional auditoria plans.

Venues, attractions and events as diverse as English Heritage, Alexandra Palace, Brand Events’ Drive & Dine Theatre and Greenwich Comedy Festival have been using See Tickets' suite of Covid-safe tools as part of their re-opening procedures. These tools include limited capacity time slot ticketing, contactless access control, personalised track and trace ticketing and car registration capture where the event is of a drive-in nature.

Rob Wilmshurst, Global CEO at See Tickets said: “We remain committed to investing in, and giving our clients and our customers, the very best services and systems to help get the industry moving again during and after this pandemic.”

To find out more, get in touch with us at workwithus@seetickets.com  

*Image shows socially distanced seating at Alexandra Palace's 'Live at Ally Pally' series ticketed by See Tickets