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Meet The Team: Jon

When did you join TicketWeb and what do you do there?

I joined ages ago! Originally I was an account manager looking after promoters like Eat Your Own Ears & venues like Shepherd’s Bush Empire. After that I spent a couple of years working with clients on their marketing. Now I look after Marketing and Artist Services. A big part of what I do is identifying new artists that are going to be breaking soon and making sure that fans on TicketWeb get to hear about them first. It’s really cool to be able to work directly with those bands and introduce them to a whole new audience.

Why did you join TicketWeb?

I’ve always been into seeing bands in those little venues that are hidden down a back street and it happened that TicketWeb were always selling for those sort of shows. Later on I started putting on gigs for a charity and it was TicketWeb that we worked with to sell out a gig at KOKO. Having seen TicketWeb from both sides I thought it would be a great place to work, luckily I was right!

What did you do before joining TicketWeb?

I was at the Camden Crawl. I was co-ordinating stages working with venues, promoters and management. There were some great characters involved who were all really into their music so when TicketWeb came along it was just an opportunity to get involved with more of those people.

What would you say is the benefit of working with TicketWeb?

I think that collectively we’ve got so much experience selling tickets and so many good relationships with people working in the industry that we can really offer something extra to anyone involved in promoting live events. It’s a really diverse team so every night there are people going out to watch a whole bunch of different stuff. It means we’ve got an expert in every genre.

We hear you’re into cycling!  Tell us a bit about that.

I think it was Snoopy who said, “There’s more to life than discos and root beer”. Working at TicketWeb can mean quite a bit of going out so it’s good for blowing the cobwebs away. It’s a bit sad though – I’m basically the Olympic legacy.

What does a normal day at TicketWeb look like for you?

I’ve kind of got two hats so when I’m not working on specific campaigns for new artists I’m working to get the TicketWeb brand in the right places. So far this year we’ve hosted showcases at SXSW and The Great Escape. I’m also working on what TicketWeb is going to be in the future. There’s going to be some great stuff coming soon which are going to make TicketWeb even better for people putting on shows and for fans trying to get into them.

What has been your favourite ever live show?

I saw The Strokes Liverpool L2 in 2001 with The Moldy Peaches supporting. That’s a one-two if ever there was one. I remember my mates being so disinterested in it that I had to drag my sister along. They whipped through the whole of Is This It? in 35 minutes. I’d never heard anything like that at the time – incredible. I saw The Flaming Lips a few years ago at O2 Academy Birmingham too – I was so taken by it I bought a t-shirt that said: “I saw The Flaming Lips live in concert and it made me a better person”. In a way I think it did.

What’s the event you’re most looking forward to this year?

The Line-up for Visions Festival looks great again this year. I love Frankie Cosmos, plus Her’s have just been added. They were great when they played our stage at The Great Escape.  

 

 

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