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News December 16, 2021

EXCLUSIVE: Oztix inks partnership with Corner Group

EXCLUSIVE: Oztix inks partnership with Corner Group
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Local independent ticketing service Oztix has teamed up with Corner Group, the owners of iconic Melbourne venues Corner Hotel and Northcote Social Club. 

As TIO can reveal today, the partnership between Australia’s largest ticketing company and the independent music venue firm will see Corner Group tap into Oztix’s customer service and business development teams, in-house marketing resources and industry leading technology.

Oztix co-founder Brian ‘Smash’ Chladil said it’s an honour to work with the iconic venues.

“To be lucky enough now to be a partner, working alongside the Corner Group team, is about as good at gets in my job,” he said. “Both companies share an independent spirit and come to work because we love live music. It’s a great day for Oztix!”

Rod Smith, General Manager of Corner Group, said having a reliable and accessible ticketing service like Oztix has taken the heavy lifting out of selling tickets.

“Particularly as the industry reels after a tough 18 months, it feels good to partner with another long standing independent business that is aligned with our goals, and and shares the love and appreciation for live music that we do,” said Smith.

The Corner Hotel and Northcote Social Club venues are now considered historic Melbourne icons. Richmond’s Corner Hotel has hosted live music since the 1940s and has witnessed countless significant music history moments. The White Stripes created the unforgettable riff to ‘Seven Nation Army’ during their soundcheck at the Corner. Meanwhile, U2 used the venue in the video for ‘Window in the Skies’.

Northcote Social Club on the other hand, has its own storied music history. Its intimate band room has hosted the likes of The Pixies, Jose Gonzales, Gotye and Midnight Oil; and a few years ago if a punter ordered a drink at the bar, there’s a good chance it would have been served up by Courtney Barnett.

A lot has changed in the ticketing sector since Oztix launched in 2003. Helping to bring sellers online for the first time, Oztix has empowered businesses, including This That festival, by providing a proprietary recommendation engine and AI technology to create a unique browsing experience for each user.

The upcoming shows helping to kick off the partnership include gigs from Milan Ring, Shag Rock, King Stingray, Ladyhawk and Trophy Eyes – with tickets available from Oztix. 

This article originally appeared on The Industry Observer, which is now part of The Music Network.


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