We’ve all been there. Sleepily shuffling into the work kitchen on a Monday morning to fix yourself a cup of Joe when an overly eager colleague delivers the immortal line “so, what did you get up to this weekend?”. Don’t for a second think about answering. They’re not interested. They’re just dying to tell you what they did that weekend. Turns out they were at Birthday’s listening to cuts from Julio Bashmore’s latest album. Or at an intimate gig with Laura Marling in Kentish Town. Or throwing shapes to Little Dragon at Brixton Academy. Wait. What? Since when were did all these artists come to town? And how did Frank from accounts find out about all this stuff?
Using DICE that’s how.
We first came across the app late last year during the Red Bull Music Academy Tour and have since spotted them at Field Day, Lovebox and a number of London’s hottest music venues.
The concept is simple. Each day DICE curates the best gigs in town so you can finally see just how much great live music is happening in your city. Made by Apple Design Award winners ustwo, the app lets you book tickets at face value in just a few taps. No booking fees. No card costs. And no pesky email email charge (£2.50!? Really!?). Just the price the artist and promoter intended you to pay and not a penny more.
Each of the acts featured are hand-picked by a dedicated music team led by former Radio 1 DJ Jen Long so you can be sure that if it’s on DICE, it’s worth seeing. Festivals, gigs and club nights, no matter what your genre of choice DICE have got you covered. Since launching in London just a few months ago they’ve already had over 600 artists sell their tickets through the platform including Taylor Swift, Jamie XX, George Ezra, Little Dragon, Jack White, Julio Bashmore, Los Campesinos, Four Tet, Alabama Shakes, Years & Years and Rae Morris to name a few.
Missed out on tickets to your favourite band? Not a problem. A unique ‘Waiting List’ feature means you’ll be the first to know if tickets become available for a sold out gig. And for those that have bought tickets to a show they’re no longer able to go to? DICE gets rid of the headache for that too. Anyone is free to return their tickets at any time for a full refund. DICE then sells these tickets on to eager fans who have added themselves to the ‘Waiting List’. It’s a win win.
So far so good, but there’s one more thing that really sets the app apart for us. Something that distinguishes it from other ticketing companies.
DICE is toxic for touts.
Because it’s mobile only each ticket is digitally linked to the device it’s purchased on. This stops tickets being hoovered up by secondary sites like Seatwave, StubHub and Viagogo meaning fans can afford to go to the gigs they love, rather than paying through the nose for a resold ticket. Ideal.