(PRWEB) December 21, 2007
Europe's leading secondary ticketing company viagogo (http://www.viagogo.co.uk), has today teamed up with James Blunt to auction tickets for his upcoming UK tour. All of the proceeds from the auctions will go to James' favourite charity Médicins Sans Frontieres (http://www.msf.org/unitedkingdom/index.cfm). The charity provides medical aid wherever needed, regardless of race, religion, politics or sex and raises awareness of the people they help.
James has given viagogo two premium tickets for each of his twelve UK dates, kicking off at the Carling Academy in Glasgow on the 9th January and culminating at the Rivermead Reading, on the 23rd January. Successful bidders will not only receive the two premium tickets, but will also have the opportunity to meet and be photographed with James and will be given signed merchandise including CDs and T-shirts. Fans should go to http://www.viagogo.co.uk/James-Blunt-Tickets for the chance to bid for these once in a lifetime tickets and raise money for the MSF.
James Blunt said, "I am really looking forward to kicking off the UK leg of my tour as playing to a home crowd is always special. I hope people will get involved in this auction to raise money for MSF. It is a fantastic cause and a very worthy recipient - happy bidding."
Eric Baker, CEO of viagogo, added: "We are delighted to be working alongside the UK's biggest artist and are over the moon that James' management chose viagogo to run the auction. We believe that the live music sector and the secondary ticketing market can work exceptionally well together and we hope our combined efforts will raise a substantial sum for MSF."
For more information about viagogo, please contact Harry Porter or Melissa Varcoe at freud communications
Tel: 020 3003 6300
James Blunt UK Tour 2008
Wed 09/01/2008 - Carling Academy Glasgow, Glasgow
Thu 10/01/2008 - Corn Exchange Edinburgh, Scotland
Fri 11/01/2008 - Manchester Apollo, Manchester
Sat 12/01/2008 - Manchester Apollo, Manchester
Mon 14/01/2008 - Apollo Hammersmith, London
Tue 15/01/2008 - Apollo Hammersmith, London
Thu 17/01/2008 - Bournemouth Solent Hall, Bournemouth
Fri 18/01/2008 - Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth
Sat 19/01/2008 - Nottingham Royal Centre, Nottingham
Mon 21/01/2008 - Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
Tue 22/01/2008 - Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
Wed 23/01/2008 - Rivermead Reading, Reading
Viagogo is an online secondary ticket exchange that allows people to buy and sell live event tickets in a safe and secure environment. What that means is that viagogo facilitates and guarantees the exchange between someone who wants to sell and someone who wants to buy live event tickets. By managing payment and delivery we guarantee that buyers will receive their tickets and sellers will receive payment. For this service, viagogo takes a commission which is a percentage of each exchange.
viagogo was set up in August 2006 by the co-founder of StubHub.com, the leading online secondary ticketing company in the US that was acquired in March 2007 by eBay for $307m. Based on an already proven business model and adapted for the European market, viagogo is the first and leading business of its kind in Europe, bringing efficiency and transparency to what has traditionally been a murky marketplace. It is therefore the best place to buy and sell live event tickets in a secure and guaranteed way.
Since it launched, viagogo has developed a portfolio of partnership deals with world-leading UK and European sports teams, media companies and charities. It is the official secondary ticketing partner of football clubs Chelsea FC, Manchester United FC, Everton FC, Portsmouth FC, Heart of Midlothian FC and FC Bayern Munich, as well as Rugby Union clubs Leicester Tigers and London Wasps. Among other deals, viagogo has also signed partnerships with Blackburn Rovers FC, lastminute.com, Europe's leading independent online travel and leisure group, major global music company Warner Music International, concert promoter Live Nation and charities Amnesty International, Music for Relief and Leonard Cheshire. viagogo is the online destination of choice for people seeking tickets for major live events of all kinds across Europe.
In August 2007, viagogo launched operations in the U.S. with an exclusive partnership with the NFL's Cleveland Browns. For more information, visit http://www.viagogo.com.