Gigtimes, a new app that will deliver live stage times to attendees at music festivals, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to make the project a reality.
The app has been road tested at Dot to Dot Festival in Bristol, Nottingham and Manchester with a total attendance of more than 10,000, and the company is now seeking investment to build a final version of the app.
Once Gigtimes users have bought a ticket for one of the festivals available on the app, they will receive a push notification when the stage times for that event are released. During the festival they will then receive further push notifications whenever there are late changes to the set times, making it easier to receive important updates from organisers at smaller festivals.
Furthermore, anti-touting measures will be put in place to ensure tickets purchased through the app cannot be sold on for vastly inflated prices. The company has said it will also retain a commitment to charging lower booking fees than its main competitors, working hard to reduce costs for the general public.
If the crowdfunder is successful the company believes this would only be the beginning, with several exciting new developments in the pipeline. There are plans to include an ethical fan-to-fan ticket reselling service, a festival “buddy finder” feature whereby ticketholders going alone can meet up with others in the same position as well as additional festival information such as artist profiles, personalised schedules for each event and festival site maps.
Nick Harland, the founder of Gigtimes, commented: “Having attended festivals all over the world, including the likes of Glastonbury, Primavera Sound and SXSW, I’ve often grown frustrated with a lack of access to key festival information, as well as sharing the concerns of so many other music festival fans when it comes to the problem of ticket touting. I feel Gigtimes can go some way to solving that problem, but it can only happen with the support of my fellow music fans.”