Blogging on iPlayGigs and why you’ll end up playing Wembley Stadium.

Blogging on iPlaygigs is a great way to stand out across the internet.

iPlayGigs already submits all of your events to Time Out, Guardian Guide, The Times, Localworld, Press Association and many more print and online listings publications on your behalf. So simply by listing your events with us, you’ll be more visible to gig goers and potential new fans.

However, by blogging articles (of any size) on iPlayGigs, you’ll also be directly increasing your visibility across Google and other search engines. Your activity very literally increases your online relevance, thus search engines will be more keen to point people in your direction, than that other bloke who’s not bothered to write anything.

So simply put, the more you say and do on iPlayGigs, the more you’ll be seen and heard across the whole wide interwebular network dot com. And then you’ll play Wembley Stadium and live happily ever after. That’s pretty cool right there.

(Disclaimer: There’s no actual evidence, as such, that you’ll definitely play Wembley Stadium after writing a blog post on iPlayGigs. Though to us, it seems pretty inevitable. Kind regards. iPG.)

Ticketing fees; which platform is best value?

iPlayGigs ticketing fees
Ticketing sites have boomed of late, though with that comes an increased haze of ticketing fees, subscriptions and hidden costs. Often, these ticketing fees are unreasonable which can make it hard to choose the best ticketing platform for your needs. Furthermore, the majority of ticketing platforms aim themselves at major labels and aspire to ticket events in stadiums, for obvious reasons. So where do unsigned musicians and smaller events fit into this? The concept of paying £1 in ticketing fees for every £5 ticket sold is simply not logical, yet a figure that very much exists. Here’s a short summary of some of the most popular ticketing sites and the fees they charge for differing ticket prices, ranked in order of fees:  
Ticketing platform Ticket price
£5 £10 £20 £100
iPlayGigs £0.30 £0.60 £1.20 £6.00
WeGotTickets £0.50 £1.00 £2.00 £8.00
Fatsoma £0.50 £1.00 £2.00 £10.00
Billetto £0.68 £0.90 £1.32 £4.68
Ticketlight £0.70 £1.00 £1.25 £5.00
Eventbrite Professional £0.72 £0.94 £1.39 £4.99
Skiddle £0.75 £1.25 £2.25 £10.25
Tickitbookit £0.75 £1.50 £3.00 £15.00
Eventbrite Essentials £0.82 £1.05 £1.49 £5.05
Tickettext £1.00 £1.00 £2.00 £10.00
  Whichever way you look at it, iPlayGigs comes out on top as the ticketing platform with the lowest ticketing fees – in fact, iPlayGigs add nothing on top of the fee charged by the payment gateway (Stripe/Paypal etc). Furthermore, every event you add to iPlayGigs will subsequently be submitted to Time Out, Guardian Guide, The Times, Localworld, Press Association – so not only will you make more money per ticket as a result of the lower fees, but your event will be more visible across more publications that it would have been had you used another ticketing platform. For the unsigned musician who’d prefer to be writing music than wasting time on all those different event submission forms, that’s pretty cool right there! Throw in iPlayGigs’ ticket bundling and “Pay What You Want” options and we reckon it’s an easy choice to make!    

Did somebody say “ticket bundles”??

Yes. Yes we did. It’s pretty simple really – we predominantly deal in e-tickets and downloads, so why not combine the two into one juicy product?

Sell tickets to your events and offer ticket buyers a free download of one of your early demos, some hi-res album artwork or a behind the scenes video. Or all three?! There’s no limit to how much you can bundle into one product – just click the bundle option on the ticket/product page and upload your finest.

Want even more jiggery pokery? Combine a ticket bundle with our pay what you want option to truly embrace dynamic ticketing!

Happy gigging y’all…

iPlayGigs now offers “Pay what you want” ticketing and merch…

Remember when Radiohead released In Rainbows and we were all astounded to learn that the only way to buy it was to go to a website, enter any amount that you so desired, then clicked “download”?! Well, we’ve now managed to integrate that same functionality to iPlayGigs!

On the one hand, you can do a Radiohead and sell your next single/album through iPlayGigs with “Pay what you want”, but on the other hand, and where we think it gets really interesting, how about ticketing your next event this way? Nobody wants to play their launch night to every so slightly fewer people than they’d hoped, because they’d got their ticket price wrong! In fact, on the contrary I think most would favour bums on seats over a few extra bucks in pockets.

You could even get totally awesome; couple our pay what you want functionality with our ticket bundle option and you could sell your next album through iPlayGigs combined with a launch night ticket, at the price your fans choose! Set a minimum price, if you want to avoid anyone completely freeloading or set a maximum price if, err, you don’t want to make too much.

It’s a simple check box in the add event/product form, though you can always strike us up if you want any more info.

Happy gigging y’all!

Contact & FAQs

Got questions? Strike us up and we’ll get back to you, ping them in the box below, or have a peruse of the below. Prolly do all that in reverse order in fact.

Got questions? Strike us up and we’ll get back to you, ping them in the box below, or have a peruse of the below. Prolly do all that in reverse order in fact.

What’s the deal with iPlayGigs not charging extortionate fees?

All your internet transactions go through a payment gateway (Paypal, Stripe, Worldpay etc) – without them, we’d all have to make direct bank transfers to websites, which, we’d probably regard as unsecured. Payment gateways charge a fee for this, in Stripe’s case 1.4% + 20p (28p on a £5 ticket), then ticketing/merch sites will chuck their slice on top of this, generally amounting to a commission of more than 10% of your hard earned spondoolees. We charge a flat 6%, which, on a £5 ticket will just cover Stripe’s fee. Our aim is to build a community of musicians, not to make money from your music.

When will I get paid?

Ticket sales will be paid to you 3 days after the end of  your event. This delay allows clearance of funds in our own account, but also protects us from event cancellations and fraudsters. Nobody wants another Hope & Glory on their hands.

What can I sell on iPlayGigs?

You can literally sell anything you like. We’ve angled iPlayGigs towards gigs and tickets, but essentially your profile is your own shopfront to sell anything you like. Artwork, downloads, tickets, merchandise, private gigs, cutlery, garden furniture. You can mange stock, create promo codes, set delivery costs when necessary and view sales reports all the while if that’s your bag. See our “How do I sell stuff?” guide if you need any help setting up tickets/products.

What is “commission” and why does it say I get 94%?

When a customer places an order through iPlayGigs, or any other site, the payment is made into that website’s bank account. Subsequently, we need to forward that money to you, so it’s referred to as your commission. We charge a flat 6%, which, on a £5 ticket will just cover Stripe’s fee – which is why your commission is shows as 94%.

iPlayGigs: what is it and why do I want it?

Oh hello there. Thanks for swinging by Here’s what we’re saying and why we think you should listen.

Your money is your money!
We don’t make any money on stuff you sell – not a bean. Be it tickets, downloads, merch or bundles or all/any of the above. All payment gateways across the internet (Paypal, Stripe, Worldpay etc) charge a fee of around 1.4% + 20p which we subsequently do have to cover, but unlike other ticketing sites we don’t chuck anything on top of that for our own profits.

We’ll shout about you!
Every event you add to iPlayGigs is subsequently submitted to Time Out, Guardian Guide, The Times, Localworld, Press Association and many more print and online listings publications on your behalf and at no cost to you.

Simply put, your event will be more visible and you’ll make more money on iPlayGigs than any other ticketing platform. iPlayGigs is the marketplace for unsigned musicians to get heard and make a living, without having to give a slice away to anybody else. All the analytics of your customers and sales reports are there if you want them, or just log in, sell stuff and write more music.

We come from a background of more than a decade of live music promotion (in the guise of eARmusic) and have held events and residencies for many an unsigned, future global star, including Ed Sheeran, James Bay, Ellie Goulding and Mumford & Sons. More than that however, we’ve seen many a hundred or even thousand musicians, just as talented as those above, to never see the acclaim that perhaps they deserved. We’re still enjoying many of the demos sent to us back in the day and we’re still fortune enough to get emails from bands and musicians on the hunt for shows or advice on where to gig. Thus, we decided to create a place to direct people to find the gigs we’d recommend, talk to each other and ply their trade as fairly as possible.

Got any questions? Ping them below, check our FAQs or drop us a message directly if that’s more your bag.

What is a payment gateway??

Unlike Eventbrite or any other ticketing site, iPlayGigs charges nothing for you to sell tickets, merch or products, on top of the fees you pay to Stripe or Paypal – the payment gateways we use. In short, this means you make more money using iPlayGigs than any of those other ticketing/merch platforms.

Internet payment gateways, such as Paypal, Stripe, Worldpay and Sage are services that secure your online transactions to other people, usually in form of websites. The alternative is to make a direct bank transfer to a person or website you don’t know, which offers zero security that you’ll actually get what you’ve paid for and zero grounds for dispute as and when that happens.

So whilst nobody ever wants to pay a fee of any kind for anything, the fee you pay to use a payment gateway at least gives you the security that you’re covered by your bank card’s fraud and refund policies.

If you want more of a description, jump onto Wikipedia for a more in depth breakdown.