DICE Partners with Newport Jazz and Newport Folk for Historic Ticket Deal
The Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival have announced that they are entering into an exclusive partnership agreement with DICE, the music discovery and ticketing platform. DICE is able to lock tickets to smartphones in order to help eliminate scalpers, with the platform having recently opened a second headquarters in New York City.
“Each year of the event, we work with our partners to innovate beyond traditional ticketing,” Jay Sweet, executive producer of Newport Folk, said in a statement. “The most important thing for us is that the fans have a fantastic experience and we know that this experience begins long before the doors of our event open. In a year where the fans deserve to go out and see the music that they love, we know DICE is the right partner to make things as simple as possible, fair, transparent and intuitive for our Newport Family. We want these tickets to be in the hands of our fans, not in the aftermarket. . “
The Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals are two of the oldest music festivals in the world, established by George Wein in 1954 and 1959, respectively. The Newport Jazz Festival was able to take place for the last time in 2019, with Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Bad Plus, Spanish Harlem Orchestra and many more joining the event lineup. The Newport Folk Festival had also been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, returning in 2021 with Beck, Randy Newman, Billy Strings, Andrew Bird and Jimbo Mathus, and more.
“The Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals have an unrivaled heritage as two of the most celebrated musical events in US history and it is an honor for DICE to be named a partner,” said the DICE chairman Russ Tannen in a statement. “At DICE, we love working with the world’s most ambitious operators, from rising independent theaters to legendary festivals that continue to push the boundaries.”
DICE has already partnered with foreign festivals such as Barcelona’s Primavera Sound, and has also found success in New York City through partnerships with venues such as United Palace, Elsewhere and more. DICE Founder and CEO Phil Hutcheon spoke with Poll starsister publication of, Places now, as a 2021 All-Star and explained how the platform hopes to continue to grow.