Ethical online ticket seller (yes, that is ‘ticket seller’ and ‘ethical’ in the same sentence) Party for the People (PTFP) and Pangaea have raised £2000 for three chosen charities, before the festival has even begun.
PTFP is an online ticketing site, where profit from oft’ dreaded/ resented booking fee goes directly to charitable organisations. From humble beginnings shaking buckets in crowds, PFTP has grown from strength to strength, even putting on their own events, welcoming the likes of Artwork to the party. Since its inception in 2012, PFTP has sold over 10,000 tickets and raised over £15,000 for charity.
They work with venues such as Sankeys, Soup Kitchen and Joshua Brooks; promoters like So Flute, Community, Hi Ku, Stevie Wonderland, Meat Free, Rotation Policy, Zutekh and Selective Hearing, to raise much-needed currency for charity. The diverse list of partners includes Manchester homeless charity The Booth Centre, Sheffield Alzheimer’s Society, road safety charity, Brake, and more.
With early support from all areas of the music scene, from the likes of Prosumer, record label Wolf Music, dance duo Deep Space Orchestra, producers Tom Demac, Daniel Avery and Motor City Drum Ensemble.
This year they are teaming up with popular student festival Pangaea, run by the Students’ Union, to raise money for two charities: Manchester Nightline and the Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).
RAG is the university’s own charitable society which raises money for a number of organisations. Running events like the infamous JailBreak to numerous cake sales, pyjama days and more, RAG do a lot of good for a variety of charities around Manchester. Manchester Nightline is a free, confidential listening service, run by students, for students. Available via the number on the back of all UoM student cards, at anytime of night.
The last charity has been chosen in response to the tragic death of a student last year due to meningitis. MRF who conduct research into Meningitis are deemed worthy of support.
As well as a ticket selling, PTFP are hosting a stage at the festival, along with Kids Nowadays. The stage in Academy 2 will welcome Mr Scruff and Dark Sky; the lineup also features TEED, Tiger & Woods and Zed Bias.
Regarding their partnership with PFTP, Joel Smith, Activities and Development Officer at the Students’ Union said “we chose to work with PFTP as they offer a great streamlined service whilst also having very positive social enterprise elements and a dynamic team who are keen to make all your ideas happen. Their projects are varied and their ethos very much fits with Pangaea’s and I’m excited to see how the two organisations can grow together.”
Simon Brown, who runs PFTP told us that the feeling is mutual; “We’re delighted to be working with the UoM Students’ Union on this years Pangaea Festivals. We started Party For The People to change how the ticketing industry operates and by working alongside the likeminded people at Pangaea, together we can help make a huge difference to peoples lives. Ticket sales for the January’s event have raised £2000 before the festival has even begun, now everyone has a true cause to celebrate! I hope that the donation goes far in helping these two fantastic organisations.”
2015 is already seeing PTFP grow even stronger, starting off on a high with this pairing. Not bad for firm that started out selling sweets and shaking buckets in crowds…