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The story behind Festicket

Everything started in April 2011, when Zack, Jonathan and Jerome – long-time friends – wanted to organise a group trip to the world famous festival, Coachella.

They asked themselves essential questions: "Should we go camping, or stay at a hotel?", "Is this hostel convenient? Does it provide the best value for money?", "Should we go for the VIP ticket or the General Admission one?", and "Should we book local transportation?". The planning and booking process was painful, time consuming and very expensive!

They didn’t make it to Coachella that year. Instead, they started on a mission: to gather the festival and live music community around a central booking platform to make things more open, aware and connected. After a few weeks of brainstorming (and quite a few Skype sessions), Festicket was born.


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Mixmag

Reports Say “More People Are Going To Festivals Than Ever Before”

A recent study by Festicket has concluded that the musical festival business is growing at a rapid pace and more people are attending music festivals than ever before.

As Europe’s leading music festival travel platform, Festicket has unprecedented access to data regarding music festivals and the people who attend them. For this study, Festickets tapped its user base of more than one million subscribers in order to reveal trends...

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Tech City – Future Fifty 2017

Announcing 26 New Companies Joining Future Fifty in 2017

We’re delighted to announce the companies joining the Future Fifty programme in 2017.

All 26 companies have been identified by a highly experienced and respected judging panel made up of some of the most successful entrepreneurs and investors in UK tech. They believe these companies have the potential to scale rapidly and build significant businesses.

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Tech Track 100

Festicket ranks at no. 6 on The Sunday Times Tech Track 100, with 225% growth in sales

The difficulties of arranging accommodation and transfers for a trip they planned to the Coachella festival in California inspired friends Zach Sabban, 32, and Jonathan Younes, 32, to start this business in 2012.

They have since secured £7.5m from investors such as Lepe Partners to develop their online platform, which sells tickets and packages to more than 1,000 festivals worldwide. Festicket also reviews festivals and produces an online magazine to create a one-stop-shop for its 2.5m members.

The magazine has increased traffic to the site, helping to boost 2016 sales, which represent fees, to £16m. This year the London company opened offices in Germany and the Netherlands.

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Festicket raises a $6.3 million

Festicket raises a $6.3 million Series B round to further grow its marketplace to discover and book music festivals

Festicket, one of Europe’s leading online platforms for music festival experiences, raises a $6.3 million round led by Lepe Partners and existing investors Wellington Partners, PROfounders, and Playfair Capital.


Arthur Kosten – ex-CMO of Booking.com, vente-privee Entertainment (VPE) – pioneer in online flash sale concept and global industry leader, and Jean-Charles Carré – the business partner and manager of world DJ Superstar David Guetta have also backed the London-based firm.

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Festival travel booking site Festicket

Festival travel booking site Festicket raises $6.3M Series B

Festicket, the UK startup that lets you book a wide range of music festival experiences, has closed $6.3 million in Series B funding. Lepe Partners led the round, with participation from existing investors Wellington Partners, PROfounders, and Playfair Capital. Noteworthy, the London-based company has also picked up Arthur Kosten (ex-CMO of Booking.com) and Jean-Charles Carré (the business partner and manager of DJ David Guetta) as backers.

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Techcrunch

Festival Travel Site Festicket Raises $2.7M Series A

Festicket, the UK startup that offers a travel booking and discovery site for festival goers, has closed a $2.7 million Series A round. The new funding, which adds to a $680,000 seed round raised in March 2013, is being led by European VCs, Wellington Partners and PROfounders Capital. Previous investors, Windcrest Partners, Playfair Capital, and Jacques-Antoine Granjon (founder of vente-privee.com), also participated.

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The Next Web

Europe’s fastest-growing young tech companies: Here are the Tech5 finalists

Festicket have been announced as a finalist in the TNW's European Tech5, with the winner to be announced at the TNW Conference Europe in April. Read the article for more and to see who we're up against...

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The Observer

Sun, sea and me: young women opt for solo spot in the sun as ‘girls only’ holidays surge

Twentysomethings choose to travel without their friends for spontaneous fun and relaxation.

Rising demand has led an increasing number of tour operators to offer bespoke “girls only” packages including tickets, flights and accommodation. Festicket, which offers package holidays to festivals such as the Governors Ball in New York and Marvellous Island in Paris, has reported a 278% increase in the number of individual bookings in the 12 months to January 2015.

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Travelmole

STA Travel partners with music festival website

STA Travel has joined forces with music festival website Festicket to allow customers to travel to festivals around the world.

Festicket works with more than 200 music festivals globally, including Tomorrowland in Belgium, Ultra Europe in Croatia, and the Leeds and Reading festivals in the UK.

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Event Magazine

UK Festival goers go international

Research compiled by festival travel specialist Festicket has revealed Croatia is the most popular festival destination among UK and international festival goers.

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FraisFrais

24 Start-Ups: Rencontre avec Festicket

Du 10 au 12 Décembre 2013 et comme chaque anée, Loic Le Meur, sa femme Géraldine et l'équipe de Reed Midem organisent un des plus gros événement web/tech en europe: LeWeb Fraisfrais étant partenaire de cet événement, nous avons décidé de vous présenter 24 start-ups qui valent le détour et qui ont besoin d'un petit coup de pouce.


3 critères diffèrents nous ont permis de sèlectionner ces start-ups: Leur originalité, leur équipe, ou leur produit final. Du service qui va changer le monde, à celui qui va vous convenir ce soir, tout y est. 5 questions/résponses et quelques photos pour vous covaincre

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The Guardian 1

'Knee deep in mud at an English festival? Give me Spain any day'

With the British weather always likely to turn Glastonbury or Bestival into a gruelling expedition, bookings are up by 30% this year for events abroad where fans can pay less to see the same bands – and the backdrop is the sunny Med or Adriatic.

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The Guardian 2

Packages Booming for Music festivals

Industry reports huge rise in all-in-one holidays to European dance music events this summer...

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BBC

Is European festival fever a threat to UK music events?

Figures suggest UK music fans are increasingly opting for a festival in Europe instead of one on their home turf, lured by the promise of good weather and a cheaper ticket

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Daily Tekk

100 More Ways To Discover And Enjoy Music

With over 600K social shares, the original 100 Ways To Discover and Enjoy Music post easily became DailyTekk's most popular article-ever. Now, around a year and a half later, we're bringing you a follow-up post: this is part 2.

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Techcrunch

Festicket, The Booking Platform For Festival Goers, Raises $680K As It Expands With B2B Offering

Festicket, the UK site that aims to make booking and attending a music festival akin to the experience of purchasing a package holiday online, has raised $680k in a new round of funding.

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The Next Web

Fancy traveling to a foreign music festival? UK site Festicket now makes it easier

Festicket, the site that helps to package festival tickets, hotel reservations, transport and extras into a booking has refreshed its site to make the whole process much simpler....

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Frenchweb

La première journée vue par Ilan Abehassera


L’entrepreneur français Ilan Abehassera (CEO de Producteev) et correspondant de FrenchWeb à New York est cette semaine à Paris pour LeWeb. A l’issue de cette première journée, il nous fait part de ses impressions et de ses coups de coeur pour 3 startups : Festicket, Poutsch et Market Place Factory.

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Guestlist Network

Job Envy: Zack Sabban

Hey Zack, hope you’re all good? Yes, I'm good – another busy day at Festicket, with four meetings, many phone calls, and loads of decisions!


You are the Co-founder and CEO of Festicket, how did the idea come about?
Well, it actually started after a failed attempt at going to Coachella Music Festival in California in 2011...

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Startacus

Startup of the Week: Festicket

Music festivals these days are big business. No longer simply a gig in a field, they are now all about the whole experience and there are seemingly more and more popping up all the time ...

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The Sun

Planning a trip to a festival this Summer?

"Festicket website will be music to your ears… Take the hassle out of booking your favourite festivals worldwide with the new website – created by a team of youthful music-loving entrepreneurs – set to become a one-stop shop for planning and organizing your tip. Using social network sites including Twitter, Facebook and Soundcloud, Festicket aims to create a trusted online community of festival-goers sharing their experiences and providing recommendations so you can have the best time. Think Trip Advisor for festivals..."

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Springwise

Package holiday-style all inclusive booking for festivals

Festicket aims to make festivals easier by offering tickets, transport and accommodation as an all-in-one package....

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Tilllate

December Magazine, Page 8

In 2012, Festicket's mission began. No more trawling the web for hotels, transfers, tickets, airports...

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Pulse Radio

Think TripAdvisor for festivals!

Investment banker turned festival guru, Zack Sabban tells Pulse of his new project, Festicket, and his quest to become THE festi-reference...

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Techcrunch

Festicket Aims To Make Attending Music Festivals As Easy As Booking A Package Holiday

Festicket is a new UK startup targeting music festival goers, a market in Europe which, by some estimates, is worth £12 billion. Users browse the curated directory of music festivals and with ‘one-click’ can book a festival package — tickets, transport and accommodation — therefore taking away a lot of the pain associated with attending festivals and, potentially...

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