A New and Exclusive Live Music Service – ‘ticketrush.co.uk’ Launched by Nokia and Live Nation

Feb 06, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ — The world leader in mobile communications, Nokia, has joined forces with the world’s leading music promoter, Live Nation, (NYSE: LYV) to launch an exclusive new live music service ticketrush.co.uk.

ticketrush.co.uk allows music fans the chance to buy tickets to their favourite gigs, events and festivals. Opportunities will exist to be first to buy tickets to customers favourite gigs, events and festivals online, with potential access to last minute tickets for shows that have been declared as ‘sold out’. ticketrush.co.uk is an absolute must for music fans who enjoy live music.

Once music fans have signed up to ticketrush.co.uk, they can personalise this service and receive SMS or email alerts notifying them of the latest news and ticket information about events and gigs in their chosen music genres.

Over the next few months, ticketrush.co.uk will develop into a fully mobile music service, which will allow users to buy tickets directly from their mobile phone. Using the handset to access ticketrush.co.uk, users will then have the option of purchasing tickets at the touch of a button, anytime, anywhere!

Nokia’s Head of UK Marketing, Simon Lloyd said today “Music is one of the key areas where Nokia products have led the mobile industry, to the extent that we are now the largest manufacturer of digital music players in the world. This great new service will allow us to reach out to not only our own, but all handset users to bring them together with the music they love.

2006 will be another exciting year for Nokia and music, with great new handsets hitting the shelves, which will complement our continuing involvement in the music scene from major festivals like Nokia Isle of Wight right through to local activity with Nokia RAW.”

Jenni Cairns, Marketing Director at Live Nation, commented “We are looking forward to working with Nokia on this exciting new marketing partnership. Mobile phones will not only become even more integral to people’s lives, but will also contribute to the evolution of the music industry. ticketrush.co.uk provides mobile access to the latest ticketing offers, which will revolutionise the way we purchase tickets.”

ticketrush.co.uk officially launched on February 1st and tickets are available for Girls Aloud’s and The Darkness’ UK tours, plus Simply Red, Westlife, Bryan Adams, Robin Gibb, Il Divo and Status Quo all appearing at the Summer Nights Festival, as well as tickets to the Download Festival at Donnington. Furthermore, last minute tickets are on offer during our launch week for Trivium and Depeche Mode.

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About Nokia

Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.

Nokia is the world’s largest manufacturer of digital music devices and shipped over 40 million devices with an integrated digital music player in 2005. Nokia and music have been inseparable since 1997, from incorporating the latest musical technology into its handsets to supporting new music talent and live events ranging from the Urban Music Festival in partnership with the Prince’s Trust to the Nokia Isle of Wight Festival and The Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds. Nokia is title sponsor of the 2006 Isle of Wight festival.

About Live Nation

Live Nation is the leading global live content and venue operator creating superior experiences for all clients be they performers, ticket-buyers or marketing partners. Live Nation owns or operates 150 venues worldwide and promoted/produced over 20,000 events in 2005. Live Nation headquarters are in Los Angeles, USA and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (trading symbol “LYV”). For more information about Live Nation go to www.LiveNation.com

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