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Harvey Goldsmith CBE and Ian McCaig join Festicket board


Written by , 7th October 2019


At the end of August, we announced that we had joined forces with Festicket to create a one of a kind end-to-end platform for live events for both customers and organisers, combining ticketing, accommodation, travel & packages, marketing, data insights & analytics, access control, POS and cashless payment services, fan engagement tools and more. 

Today another milestone has been revealed in our journey to become the world’s largest two-sided platform for live events, as legendary concert producer and promoter Harvey Goldsmith CBE (pictured above) and former lastminute.com CEO & COO Ian McCaig have been unveiled as Advisor to the board and Chairman of the board respectively.

A well known name in the travel industry, McCaig joined the founders and the board of lastminute.com in 2003 when it was still a public company.  He was appointed CEO in 2006 following the sale of lastminute.com to Sabre Corporation for $1.1bn and led the development of the business for a further five years.  He subsequently became CEO at one of the first new challenger entrants to the UK energy market, First Utility, growing the company to c.1m customers and £1bn revenue before the business was sold to Shell at the end of 2017.  McCaig also sits on the boards of M-Kopa Ltd (the leading off-grid solar company in Africa), Seedrs (a pioneer of equity crowdfunding), the British Tourist Authority and English Heritage.

With over 50 years experience, Harvey Goldsmith’s name will be well known amongst our music clients (and beyond). Harvey is a visionary concert producer and promoter and a true stalwart of the global music industry. Over the course of an incredible career he has produced, managed and promoted shows with the world’s most iconic artists including the likes of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Queen, Elton John, Madonna, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and Oasis, whilst also being responsible for the two largest music events in history – Live Aid and Live 8.

It goes without saying that the experience and expertise both Ian and Harvey will bring to the board will stand us in extremely good stead on our mission alongside Festicket. 

Zack Sabban, Festicket CEO & co-founder, commented: “We’re so happy to welcome both Ian and Harvey to the board. Having admired their careers from afar for some time, to be able to officially welcome them into the Festicket family and begin working together is something we’re all extremely excited about.”

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If you have questions about the Event Genius and Festicket partnership and what this means for you, please feel free to reach out to your Account Manager directly or contact us on workwithus@eventgenius.co.uk and we will be happy to discuss it further.  

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