Don’t you just hate it when you go to buy gig tickets online and encounter all sorts of hidden booking fees? It definitely puts a downer on the whole experience, especially when you’re on a student budget. The good news for gig-goers in Brighton is that the award winning app DICE is now launching here, bringing people the best gigs with no booking fees (yes, really).
Founded in 2014 by Phil Hutcheon and product studio ustwo, DICE have since worked with the likes of Adele, George Ezra, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Bring me the Horizon, Annie Mac, Disclosure, Grimes, Jamie Woon, and Skepta. It’s safe to say that DICE offer a whole variety of musical genres on their platform, including everything from headline sets and first gigs.
Speaking about the Brighton launch, Russ Tannen, Head of Music, said: “Brighton is a city with a strong and prolific music scene that matches its esteemed heritage. We couldn’t be more excited to launch in the place that gave us everyone from British Sea Power to Royal Blood.”
Another great thing about the mobile app is that it is pretty much impossible for touts to buy and sell on loads of tickets for a profit, something which is a prevalent and extremely annoying problem in the live music industry. Tickets bought on the app cannot be sold on, but unwanted tickets can be returned and offered to other fans at face value. You can add yourself to the waiting list for shows that you didn’t manage to get tickets to so that when tickets are returned, you have the opportunity to nab them on a first come, first served basis. And because the ticket is on your phone, you don’t need to spend time printing it out at the library.
A curated gig list will feature the best gigs and club nights in Brighton, including student-favourite venues such as Patterns, The Green Door Store, Concorde 2 and The Haunt, and all the good stuff from local promoters like One Inch Badge and Lout.
A few of the best local gigs coming up on DICE are:
Sat May 21st The Wytches, Estrons & many more @ Bleach
Friday 17th June Newham Generals & Big Narstie @ The Arch
Sat Sep 17th Boundary Festival w/ Seth Troxler, Snakehips, Bondax @ Stanmer Park
Tues Sep 27th Mura Masa @ Concorde 2 Wed Oct 12th Parquet Courts @ Old Market
Sat Oct 29th Nao @ All Saints Church