LONDON, June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Get Gig Tickets, Not #gigenvy
The ticket resale firm StubHub UK has released exclusive footage of former Starsailor frontman James Walsh performing a top secret gig for Absolute Radio. The singer songwriter celebrated the dawn of his new solo career by treating a number of fans to a clandestine concert at Absolute Radio's headquarters in Golden Square, London last month.
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The event was the second of six secret summer gigs organised by eBay's secondary ticketing website as part of their successful #gigenvy campaign. StubHub UK has partnered with popular radio stations including Magic FM, Absolute Radio and Kiss FM to present a series of intimate concerts, which feature huge international acts as well as upcoming artists. Now, the site has released exclusive footage of the gig so fans who were not lucky enough to get their hands on tickets to the event don't feel left out.
Fans had applied via competitions on social media and radio to see the soft-voiced singer in the flesh. James Walsh, who has sold over three million records worldwide and achieved two top 10 albums with post Britpop rock group Starsailor in the 2000s, performed a selection of tracks from his new solo album Turning Point. The star also treated fans to stripped back versions of classic Starsailor hits, including European number one single 'Four to the Floor', ahead of the band's UK tour and festival dates this summer.
Following the exclusive concert, Walsh took part in a Q&A session with Absolute DJ Sarah Champion during which he answered questions from StubHub users, revealing that his music idol is Bruce Springsteen and his first concert had been the Boo Radleys. The best advice he had for young musicians was: "Don't take yourself too seriously and be confident in your own sound - don't cater to trends".
Many fans had only discovered they had won a coveted space at the concert that morning, with one fan, Donna Willison, having travelled up from Slough to see one of her favourite performers live. She said: "My first ever gig was a Starsailor concert so I am massively excited to be here. When you hear his voice, you just know it is James Walsh".
Richard Griffiths, Interim European Head of Communications at StubHub, commented:
"At StubHub, the fan experience is what matters to us and partnering with Absolute Radio has allowed us to put on the ultimate gig for James' fans.
It's all about giving fans great seats available right up until the start of a gig, and making the experience unforgettable for them - we want people to get the gig tickets they want, not gig envy!"
The campaign seeks to inform music lovers on how to get better access to tickets for live entertainment events, so they can get up close and personal with their favourite stars. Those keen to get their hands on free VIP passes can tune into the radio stations or follow @StubHubUK on Twitter for more information.
Get gig tickets, not #gigenvy and keep updated via the dedicated mailing list on http://www.stubhub.co.uk.
About StubHub UK
StubHub is the world's largest ticket marketplace and part of the eBay Inc. family of companies alongside PayPal. StubHub, which was launched in the US in 2000, was acquired by eBay in 2007 and opened its first international office in the UK in March 2012.
Every purchase made through the site is backed by StubHub's comprehensive FanProtect Guarantee. As a true marketplace, StubHub does not own, price or purchase any tickets listed on the site.
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