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Independent Venue Week: The Wardrobe, Leeds

Independent Venue Week returns once again this year, from Monday 27th January - Sunday 2nd Feb 2020, dedicated to showcasing the very best independent and grassroots venues in the UK; the venues at the very heart of every city's music scene.

At See Tickets, we are proud to work with some of the most important spaces for arts and culture across the country, providing support in the most crucial venues for nurturing up-and-coming artists.

Recently, See Tickets has been selected as primary ticket agent for new Manchester venue YES, which becomes the 50th in its portfolio of independent venues.

We have long-standing relationships with independent venues across the country including Alexandra Palace, Albert Hall Manchester, EartH, Lincoln Engine Shed, Chalk (formerly The Haunt), Omeara, The Leadmill, Village Underground, Electric Ballroom and The Brudenell.

In the latest edition of our Independent Venue Week series, we caught up with The Wardrobe in Leeds. Last year, The Wardrobe celebrated its 20th birthday with a series of incredible events including performances from Craig Charles, Submotion Orchestra and Gilles Peterson. The Wardrobe prides itself on providing quality food, great drinks and hosting a variety of live music, comedy and club nights throughout the year and has become a staple in Leeds' cultural quarter.

Tré Mealiff, Event Manager at The Wardrobe had a chat with us about his hopes for the future of this independent venue and the infectious nature of their regular gig-goers.

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Back to the Noughties! The Best Upcoming Shows from 2000s Artists

The noughties was a huge decade for music and the way we listen to it, with the introduction of the iPod, online streaming services, the rise in reality TV talent contests, and YouTube. It also created some of the biggest stars in music, with genre-defining albums, artists that have influenced new artists today, and record-breaking moments.

Take a look at the iconic noughties artists who are currently touring and re-live their well-loved and current hits live!

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Catfish And The Bottemen announce huge outdoor show in London!

Having brought the curtain down on 2019 in the USA and igniting 2020 with a rush of European live dates, Catfish and the Bottlemen pause to announce an unmissable springtime one-off show in a special marquee on Clapham Common, London on Fri 15 May 2020.

Bringing support bands Sports Team and Yonaka into the fold for a bracing night of energetic, home-grown guitar music, fans will be able to see the bands play inside a vast, 10,000 capacity marquee erected in the historic south London park.

Overwhelmed by the response to their 2019 headline slot at the capital's Citadel Festival, the band's London return follows news that they will also play Swansea's Singleton Park and headline the Neighbourhood Weekender in Warrington in May, signalling another year of ambitious touring plans for the four-piece. 

Tickets go on sale Friday 24th January at 9am!

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Independent Venue Week: The Sugarmill, Stoke-On-Trent

Independent Venue Week returns once again this year, from Monday 27th January - Sunday 2nd Feb 2020, dedicated to showcasing the very best independent and grassroots venues in the UK; the venues at the very heart of every city's music scene.

At See Tickets, we are proud to work with some of the most important spaces for arts and culture across the country, providing support in the most crucial venues for nurturing up-and-coming artists.

Recently, See Tickets has been selected as primary ticket agent for new Manchester venue YES, which becomes the 50th in its portfolio of independent venues.

We have long-standing relationships with independent venues across the country including Alexandra Palace, Albert Hall Manchester, EartH, Lincoln Engine Shed, Chalk (formerly The Haunt), Omeara, The Leadmill, Village Underground, Electric Ballroom and The Brudenell.

In the first of our Independent Venue Week series, we caught up with The Sugarmill in Stoke-On-Trent. Danni Brownsill, Head of Promotions, tells us about The Sugarmill and her role within this independent venue.

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Back To The 80s! The Best Upcoming Shows from 1980s Artists

Are you an 80s lover? Do you remember the delights of the decade’s most prolific musicians, or wish that you were around to witness it firsthand?

Luckily for us, many of the most heralded acts of the 1980s are still on the road, touring and performing for grateful audiences. If you're looking to take a step back to the 80s then look no further. Shoulder pads and leg warmers at the ready...

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New Year Sale: now on sale!

Official London Theatre’s New Year Sale is back, encouraging you to get into London theatre with tickets for £10, £20, £30 or £40 to top London shows for performances between 1 January and 13 February 2020.

As we welcome in the New Year, we’re all desperately trying to stick to our resolutions. Be more cultured, get out more, see more friends… you already know what we’re going to say. Taking a trip out to the theatre is the perfect way to blow away those winter cobwebs, cosy up inside one of London’s beautiful theatres and be transported all around the world from your theatre seat.
 

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Ethical Ticket Sales Up 50% at See Tickets

Ethical Ticket Sales Up 50% at See Tickets

 

50,000 tickets have been sold through See Tickets’ ethical resale platform Fan to Fan in 2019 so far – an increase of 50% on the same period last year. 

 

See Tickets launched Fan to Fan in 2017 as a safe and secure space for customers to resell genuinely unwanted tickets but only at the price they paid or less.

 

Rob Wilmshurst, Global CEO at See Tickets said: “We were the first ticket agency to bring a truly integrated ethical resale site to the market and figures show the service is more in demand than ever.  

 

“Buyers and sellers want a fair resale platform they can trust and because we only list tickets originally purchased on our site, we can vouch for everything being resold in terms of its validity.”   

 

Adam Webb, Campaign Manager for FanFair Alliance said: “See Tickets have been vocal about their opposition to exploitative secondary ticketing for many years and FanFair has welcomed the steps they have taken to eliminate touting and provide a better customer experience. It's really encouraging to see ticket buyers embrace Fan to Fan in such numbers.”  

 

See Tickets also launched an anti-tout digital ticket solution this year which is uniquely tied to a customer’s user account, mobile device and app. The ticket features an auto-refreshing barcode so it cannot be screenshotted and sold on by unauthorised users. This feature has been used on tours for artists including Declan McKenna and Bombay Bicycle Club.

 

See Tickets also created a paperless ticket for Ed Sheeran’s summer shows in conjunction with promoters Kilimanjaro.         

 

 

The Baby Show Turns 18!

The UK's leading and longest running pregnancy and parenting event celebrates reaching adulthood with an exciting new collection of features and partners for 2020 at ExCeL London.

The Baby Show is the one-stop-shop for everything pregnancy and parenting. Tried, tested and trusted by the nursery industry and over one million parents and parents-to-be, The Baby Show saves both time and money. Offering the largest selection of leading and boutique brands, advice from world-renowned experts, plus exclusive show offers that are not on the high street, new parents can find everything to help and support them on their new adventure.

New features for 2020 provide what modern parents want from sleep and weaning advice to mental health support and wellbeing. The Weaning Kitchen hosts top foodie experts including Annabel Karmel, Charlotte Stirling-Reed and Michaela Chiappa who will be cooking their own recipes and providing step-by-step guides on how to wean your baby.

 A new Sleep Clinic offers one-to-one expert advice from the nation’s best sleep experts including Lucy Shrimpton, The Sleep Nanny and Rachel Fitz-Desorgher, plus a brand new fashion Catwalk will showcase the latest maternity trends, baby clothing and next year’s must-have buggies and accessories.

Tickets are on sale now!

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AMP London returns with first wave of acts announced!

Britain's premier music tastemaker Annie Mac has announced the return of AMP London with the first announcement of artists.

The event will run from Wednesday 4th March until Saturday 7th March, bringing the best new talent in music, from a variety of genres, to the capital's most loved music venues.

AMP London is a showcase and celebration of music across a multitude of genres, featuring intimate underplays with world class artists, future female headliners and emerging indie talent.

After last year's success - with the likes of Sam Fender, Celeste and Two Door Cinema Club featuring - the first wave of bands featuring on 2020’s bill is once again star-studded:

“We are featuring a really diverse mix of styles and sounds on these line ups, reflecting the substantial amount of future female headliners breaking through the ranks; Joy Crookes, Beabadoobee, Arlo Parks, Miraa May, as well as the rich amount of indie bands making their mark on the scene, Blossoms, The Big Moon, Cabbage and Inhaler, to name a few.”

This is just the beginning however, and there are many more names to be announced for this celebration of music.

Tickets go on sale 9am Friday 6th December.

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DogFest returns in summer 2020!

DogFest returns in summer 2020, to all three locations with big smiles and wagging tails. Take your dog to experience the Ultimate Dogs Day Out, at either:

DogFest South, 2 & 3 May, Knebworth House, Hertfordshire

DogFest North, 13 & 14 June, Tatton Park, Cheshire

DogFest West, 20 & 21 June, Ashton Court, Bristol

Join a community of like-minded people and treat your dog to a day out that’s all about them. Take part in have-a-go activities, such as; Hay Bale Racing, Dog Diving, Flyball, Agility and the Fun Dog Show. You can also try your paw at the brand new Hoopers have-a-go. An all-inclusive sport, where dogs of all different shapes, sizes and ages can take part!

Twice a day there will also be a Great Dog Walk, the perfect opportunity to chat with local dog lovers, all whilst your dog makes new four-legged friends.

Watch sensational arena displays from some incredibly talented dogs, visit Dogs with Jobs and meet some of the most remarkable canines in the country, enjoy artisan food, festival vibes and shop bespoke gifts.

Get the best present for your dog or dog loving humans this Christmas, and treat them to a day out to DogFest!

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Fashion Weekend 2020: You're invited to four days of style indulgence...

Setting up home in the stunning Victoria House in Bloomsbury, London, Fashion Weekend invite you and your friends to visit for a day of amazing designer shopping and catwalk shows.

If you love style, discovering new brands and picking up essential wardrobe items at a discount - then you will love Fashion Weekend.

SHOP
Shop from a host of independent brands offering womenswear, shoes, jewellery and accessories - with special offers just for the event. Each brand has been personally invited by the Fashion Weekend team and curated for an exciting shopping experience.

CATWALK
Be inspired by our Fashion Weekend catwalk show. Featuring a selection of the key womenswear trends we witnessed on the catwalks of the world's Fashion Weeks for spring/summer 2020. Take a seat to feel a part of the atmosphere and leave the show feeling ready to shop for your new capsule wardrobe collection!

SOCIALISE
Within our busy lives, it's the shared experiences that help us to create lifelong memories with friends and family members. So, clear a space in your diary now, grab a bunch of your favourite people and book tickets to be part of spring 2020's most stylish weekend in the city.

Plus! Upgrade your ticket to a Front Row Catwalk & Lounge Pass for the ultimate style experience.

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A Weekend of Family Fun at The Silverstone Classic!

The Silverstone Classic (31 July – 2 August*) provides a packed weekend of flat out family fun!

All tickets include spectacular historic motor racing, a free vintage funfair, free access to the paddocks and grandstands, displays from over 100 car clubs featuring more than 10,000 classic, interactive driving activities and dynamic demonstrations, live music on Friday and Saturday evenings, a Shopping Village, and LOADS more. There’s something for everyone!

Check out this video to catch a glimpse of what to expect and visit here for more info and to book tickets.

"Still a clown, just a different one": A Q&A With Simon Brodkin, AKA Lee Nelson

Back on the circuit once more, you might recognise Simon Brodkin more as prankster and comedian Lee Nelson.

However, following three successful BBC series as Lee, multiple sell-out tours and various court appearances following world-famous stunts on Theresa May, Sepp Blatter, Donald Trump, Kanye West and Britain's Got Talent, the award-winning comedian unleashes his funniest creation yet… himself!

We caught up with Simon on life post-Lee Nelson, what inspires his routines these days and why it was time to say farewell to his infamous alter-ego.

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CarFest 2020: Tickets On Sale Wednesday 20th November!

Tickets for CarFest, the UK’s biggest family fundraising festival will go on sale at 8am on Wednesday 20th November 2019!

The brainchild of radio presenter Chris Evans, CarFest takes place in two locations across two weekends in July and August respectively, and has been described as the UK’s biggest village fete, with a mission to bring the true spirit of family to life.

The weekend is packed to the brim with activities for every member of the family, with this year promising more music, more cars and even more stars in attendance!

The 2020 events will also see CarFest continue on its mission to #GoGreen and achieve its goal of being 100% Carbon Neutral on its primary emissions and will be the first UK festival to encourage visitors to offset their carbon footprint with a donation towards the planting of 1000 trees.

CarFest North takes place from 24th – 26th July @ Bolesworth in Cheshire
CarFest South takes place from 28th – 30th August @ Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire

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