Gigtimes - The ultimate music festival app

by Nick Harland in Barcelona

We are crowdfunding to build Gigtimes - a brand new music festival app that aims to beat the touts and cut out extortionate booking fees.

by Nick Harland in Barcelona

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- Get festival stage times sent straight to your phone & receive notifications if there are late changes

- Help to beat the touts with our innovative measures & pay smaller booking fees than other ticketing companies

- Shrink your carbon footprint by having your programme, ticket & map all stored securely on your phone


Gigtimes is an app that provides live stage times for music festivals.

Once you have bought a ticket for a festival through the app, you  will receive a push notification when the schedule for that event is released.

During the festival you will then receive further push notifications from the organisers whenever there are late changes to the set times.

With access to tickets, stage times & much more all in the same place, Gigtimes is the ultimate music festival app.

                                               

What We're Trying to Do

With Gigtimes we're trying to make music festivals that little bit better for organisers and punters alike. Our e-ticketing system allocates a unique bar code to each attendee, which will only appear within your individual Gigtimes account shortly before the event, making the reselling of tickets for inflated prices extremely difficult.

You will have your festival ticket, the live stage times and more key festival info all stored securely on your mobile phone - meaning no more messing around with printed tickets, fiddly lanyards and crumpled paper maps.

What's more, Gigtimes isn't just for a single festival. Starting in the UK, we aim to eventually have a whole host of international festivals within our database, and any event for which you buy a ticket through Gigtimes you will gain access to the stage times too. They will be sent straight to you as soon as they have been published, and the organisers of the festivals will then use the app to update you guys on any late changes to the schedule as well as any other important festival news.

Here's How You Will Pay Smaller Booking Fees with Gigtimes

Gigtimes will only sell face value m-tickets for festivals, which will eliminate prohibitive postage costs. We vow to charge fair fees, undercutting the extortionate fees charged by the giants of the industry.  We would charge a flat rate of 5% booking fees for all festival tickets sold through the app. Here's a breakdown of the costs:

  • 1.4% payment processing fee (+20p additional charge)
  • 3.5% of the fee would then be reinvested back into Gigtimes, covering the costs associated with app development, staff costs and marketing.

To give you a better idea of how much money you'll be saving when buying your festival tickets, we took a look at the booking fees charged for Cool Britannia festival, which costs £107.50 for a face value ticket:

  • Ticketline: £16.70
  • Ticketmaster: £16.70
  • Festicket: £10.75
  • Seetickets: £8.95
  • Gigtimes: £5.38

Applying our 5% charge to this ticket, you would pay as little as £5.38 in booking fees, meaning the total price would be £112.88 rather than £124.20. You would also be getting far more for your money with Gigtimes by having the stage times for the event sent straight to you and updated throughout the event. 

How Will Gigtimes Prevent Ticket Touting?

Each ticket will have a unique barcode that will be assigned to individual Gigtimes accounts. You won't be able to simply sell on the ticket to another person, as the correct name of the ticketholder is associated with the ticket and will appear on the screen when the ticket is scanned.

Furthermore, the barcode will only appear in your account shortly before the event, giving touts a tiny window in which to locate a seller and pass the ticket on. Whilst this isn't going to stamp out touting overnight, we feel these measures go much further than other ticketing companies.

Why Should You Contribute?

There's nothing else like Gigtimes currently on the market. Although the biggest music festivals usually have the capacity and resources to create their own app, for the thousands of smaller festivals the prohibitive costs involved in developing an app tend to make it an impossible task.

By supporting Gigtimes, you're also supporting the music festival industry. You're making it easier for the little guys to compete with the huge festivals whilst also knowing you've been responsible for something that will make your life that little bit easier the next time you're at a festival. 

Besides all of that, we're also desperate to make a positive impact on the music industry. If it came to fruition our aim is to reinvest a proportion of the profits from ticket sales into causes that we know and love - such as the Music Venue Trust, Musicians Against Homelessness, the Association of Festival Organisers and many more (we're open to suggestions!). This is NOT just a money-making exercise. We're music fans just like you and we really want to build something that is going to benefit you, festival organisers and fantastic causes such as these.

There has been a worrying upward trend in the number of cancelled festivals in recent years, and we want to make sure that festivals continue to thrive by supporting the smaller events which form the bedrock of the industry.

Why else? By delivering maps, stage times and tickets electronically rather than physically, Gigtimes cuts down massively on paper waste and reduces the carbon footprint of festivals - something which has been noted as a major problem by the research body A Greener Festival amongst many others.

What Will We Spend the Money On?

Every penny we raise of the £10k will go towards development costs of the app. We feel that the biggest priority right now is creating a user-friendly, reliable app that isn't going to fail on you at the most important moments. We need organisers and attendees to have total confidence that Gigtimes is a safe, secure and reliable channel to buy/sell tickets and act as an all-in-one festival app.

It's worth noting that we're going for an 'all or nothing' approach to this crowdfunder, meaning that we only get the money raised if we hit the magical 10k mark. We have been quoted £10,000 to build Gigtimes, and any less than that would mean building an inferior product. 

Who Am I?

I'm Nick, the founder of Gigtimes, and I've been involved in music in one way or another for as long as I can remember. I've attended festivals in several different countries and continents, from the biggest ones in the world such as Glastonbury and SXSW to tiny ones dotted around the UK. Over that time I have built up an understanding of how these festivals could be better, having lost count of the amount of times I have been left frustrated by a lack of information about stage times, festival news and more! I think it would be amazing to have one app where you can buy tickets, get the schedule and more for a wide range of festivals, and hope you feel the same.

Besides that, I have worked directly in the music industry as both a journalist and currently as a digital marketer for a Barcelona-based record label. Music is my passion, and by developing Gigtimes my ultimate ambition is to make a positive impact on the industry in a number of ways.

What Rewards Do We Have on Offer?

We've got loads of rewards lined up. Firstly, our friends at Repsycho have kindly agreed to give away 20 vintage music t-shirts which come in a range of styles and sizes. Repsycho are a vintage store in sunny Bristol that have stock of the coolest clothing, furniture and accessories around, and we're c̶o̶n̶t̶r̶a̶c̶t̶u̶a̶l̶l̶y̶ ̶o̶b̶l̶i̶g̶e̶d̶  more than happy to tell you how great they are! Here's another link to their website: https://repsycho.co.uk/ 

If that doesn't tickle your fancy, we've also got heaps of high-quality 12" vinyls from over the years that we're prepared to give away to anyone who contributes £60 or more. And we're not just dumping some unwanted charity shop guff on you - our stock includes classic records from the likes of The Beatles, The Stone Roses, New Order, De La Soul, The Cure and much more besides.

FAQs

When will it be ready?

If the crowdfunder is successful, we anticipate the app being finished within 2-3 months of the closing date, and hopefully ready for you to download in early 2019 - just in time for the next festival season!

Will it cost?

The app will be free to download for users and free to use for festival organisers.

I want to use Gigtimes for my festival! How would it work from my perspective?

Great! It's a really simple process. In terms of selling tickets, we generate a set number of unique barcodes through the app, which would then be assigned to each ticketholder. These can be scanned upon entry by a special mobile app provided by us.

When it comes to updating the stage times, it's also pretty straightforward. Before the event all you need to do is send us the stage times and we can upload them directly to the app ourselves in order to make everything as easy as possible for you. Then, for any changes during the event, you have access to your own version of Gigtimes accessible from a mobile or desktop device. It's as easy as logging in, changing the times and publishing them, which will send a push notification to everyone at the festival.  It's a 30 second process.

Doesn't this already exist?

Whilst large festivals often have a dedicated app that fulfils many of our features, nothing yet exists like Gigtimes. It can be used by smaller festivals to securely sell e-tickets for their event as well as being able to easily communicate changes in stage times to the attendees. It would be the only app that delivers 'live' stage times to everyone there.

How will this benefit me?

If you're a fan of music festivals, then this is for you. Not only will you be able to buy festival tickets with a smaller booking fee than other ticketing outlets, but you'll also be sent the stage times for the event as soon as they're released. What's more, those times will be updated by the organisers if and when they change, with you receiving further push notifications on your mobile each time. This service will only be available to users who purchase a ticket through Gigtimes. We're not going to promise you no booking fees, as we don't think that's feasible, but at least this way you're getting an extra something for your money.

Is that all I will get if I download Gigtimes?

At the moment, yes! We want to firstly make sure that we build a solid, reliable app that can fulfil its main features before adding other things. However, as we mentioned there are plans to add loads more festival info, dedicated artist pages, user profiles, an ethical fan-to-fan ticket reselling service and a 'buddy finder' service for those planning on attending a festival alone. Even if you don't think Gigtimes would be indispensable for you right now, over time once we add more and more features it is only going to get better. But it won't happen at all without your support today.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Virtual Beer

Cheers! We'll get you a 100% virtual beer, redeemable straight away as it doesn't actually exist.

£20 or more

Your contribution immortalised in the app

We're sentimental so-and-so's here at Gigtimes, so to thank you for your support we will retain a page in the app for as long as it exists with a list of people who made it possible.

£30 or more

First chance to download

You will be emailed an exclusive link to download the Gigtimes app before anybody else can get their mitts on it, as a token of our appreciation for making this happen. You'll also get your name immortalised in the app.

£50 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Music T-Shirt (Small)

Thanks to our friends at Repsycho vintage store (https://repsycho.co.uk/), we're giving away 20 music themed t-shirts, with a range of super cool designs available to pick from (we'll email you with your options). PLEASE NOTE: This reward is only redeemable for those of you within the EU. You'll also get your name immortalised in the app and the first chance to download Gigtimes when it's ready for release.

£50 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Music T-Shirt (Extra Large)

Thanks to our friends at Repsycho vintage store (https://repsycho.co.uk/), we're giving away 20 music themed t-shirts, with a range of super cool designs available to pick from (we'll email you with your options). PLEASE NOTE: This reward is only redeemable for those of you within the EU. You'll also get your name immortalised in the app and the first chance to download Gigtimes when it's ready for release.

£50 or more

0 of 8 claimed

Music T-Shirt (Medium)

Thanks to our friends at Repsycho vintage store (https://repsycho.co.uk/), we're giving away 20 music themed t-shirts, with a range of super cool designs available to pick from (we'll email you with your options). PLEASE NOTE: This reward is only redeemable for those of you within the EU. You'll also get your name immortalised in the app and the first chance to download Gigtimes when it's ready for release.

£50 or more

0 of 7 claimed

Music T-Shirt (Large)

Thanks to our friends at Repsycho vintage store (https://repsycho.co.uk/), we're giving away 20 music themed t-shirts, with a range of super cool designs available to pick from (we'll email you with your options). PLEASE NOTE: This reward is only redeemable for those of you within the EU. You'll also get your name immortalised in the app and the first chance to download Gigtimes when it's ready for release.

£60 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Mystery Vinyl

We will dip into our extensive collection of 12" records and gift one - chosen at random - to anybody pledging £50. And we can assure you that you won't just be getting any old charity shop guff! PLEASE NOTE: This reward is only redeemable for those of you within the EU. You'll also get your name immortalised in the app and the first chance to download Gigtimes when it's ready for release.

£500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Be a Featured Festival Next Summer

Are you a festival organiser? This reward gives you the chance to become the 'featured festival' on Gigtimes for any 3 months of your choice in 2019, putting your event in front of thousands of festival fans.

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