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About this project

Fans from the USA have managed to successfully generate enough interest for Foo Fighters to agree to a crowd funded show. This show was a sell out and on Wednesday 17th September, Foo Fighters came to Richmond, Virginia for their very first crowd funded gig (check out the story here https://www.foofightersrichmond.com/help-bring-the-foo-fighters-back-to-richmond-virginia). This proves that the band are behind the idea of cutting out the middle man. Dave Grohl has recently supported these ideas during an interview with 'Rolling Stone': "I'm telling you, it could become the way that bands decide where they want to play, it’s a fun thing; it sort of changes the game. For the past 20 years we always decided who we're going to play with and where we're going to play. But now, if we hear that people want us to come somewhere, maybe we'll come there." 

Sonic Highways is released on November 10th, followed by a tour. It would be an honour for TRUE fans to attend the first UK crowd funded gig, warming up the Foo Fighters ready for their big 2015 UK dates AT FACE VALUE .......without a tout in sight. It's been done before, so let's do it again! 

 So let's be clear.... 

 What are we raising funds for? 

 We are raising funds to produce a fan funded show within the UK as part of the 2015 tour after the release of Foo Fighters' album Sonic Highways. The aim is for this to be held in Birmingham UK; the venue could change depending on capacity restrictions but will be clearly communicated to all backers prior to any changes. If ALL tickets are backed, we will raise a minimum of £150,000 which at the current exchange rate equates to $245,000 (subject to change). Every penny of this will be going into the project (minus any transaction fees and handling costs generated by creating the event). Every member of the team running the project will be doing so FREE of charge - this is a Not For Profit project. 

 How are we going to do this? 

 We will have until 17th of November 2014 to raise enough cash and sell enough tickets to approach the management company and propose a 3,000 capacity concert for every backer who chooses to get on board via the ticket option (you can still support us by choosing one of the secondary awards). We have support across many social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter. We have our very own website to promote this event http://www.foofightersuk.com/. We will be working with a FULL team of people across the globe to promote this, including people experienced in event management, promotion, advertising and business development to promote this not only to UK residents but those from overseas. We will be contacting the UK press and getting politicians on board. We will also be offering businesses the opportunity to purchase tickets to be used at a later date for competitions to win said tickets. This will enable them to promote their business on the back of our success. This worked really well in the USA, those tickets were like gold dust and everybody wanted them! Investing in tickets will boost the local economy, in turn creating more exposure for our event. During the first 2 weeks of November we will be able to evaluate the success of the project and will either   

A) Approach the management and seek agreement with a date to be confirmed in 2015 

B) Cancel the event having lost nothing 

So - By the 17th November 2014 we will know either way. If we don't have an agreement in place by the 17th November 2014 (with event date and venue to be released during 2015) then the event will be cancelled. 

SO IN SHORT 

Overview: 

For the fans 

Support, purchase and sit back - with venue & date to be agreed 

The Foo Fighters: 

An agreement prior to the 17th November that everyone who has purchased a ticket during this project will have the chance to attend the UK's first ever crowd funded show as part of the 2015 tour - venue and date to be agreed. 

Why are we doing this? 

Are you sick of losing out on those golden tickets? Setting the alarm to find them sold out in 3 minutes? Ticket companies reselling tickets minutes after ticket launch at 10 x the price? In light of the recent documentary by the BBC programme 'Watchdog' investigating the secondary ticket market along with artists such as Gene Simmons declaring "Rock is finally dead" - we are here to prove to the industry that Rock will never die, but we hope that the ticket touting industry does! New measures were introduced in June 2014 to help protect second hand ticket buyers meaning sellers have to advertise the face value of the ticket and how many seats are available. Politicians have warned this will not be enough to stop the touts, and we agree. By doing this we are putting the power of ticket sales back into the hands of the fans, not the touts. We are hoping to get support from politicians to raise awareness of the ticket touting business within the UK and hope to get media coverage to not only promote our event but to help get the laws changed against ticket touts. So not only will we hopefully complete our project successfully we will also raise awareness within the UK about legal changes that need to be made. 

This is a project that we want to share with you the fans - so let's make it happen! 

THIS WILL BE THE FIRST EVER UK CROWD FUNDED CONCERT AND WHAT BETTER ACT TO BREAK THAT SEAL THEN THE FOO FIGHTERS!

Risks and challenges

So how does this effect you - the backer?

When is my card charged?

If the project you're backing is successfully funded, your card will be charged when the project reaches its funding deadline. If the project does not reach its funding goal, your card is never charged.

Can I cancel a pledge?

By pledging, you are committing to supporting that person’s project; cancelling that commitment is discouraged. If you must cancel, visit the project page and click “Manage Your Pledge.”

What if the band don't agree to the crowd funded Show?

We will cancel the project immediately, no credit/debit cards will be charged - what is there to lose? - Nothing!

This is an all or nothing project, it either happens or it doesn't.

What if we can't find a venue?

We will - who is going to refuse having the Foo Fighters play for free at their venue? Venue information will be updated as and when we are at that stage. If you're happy to travel and location is not a problem then great - if you are unable to get to the confirmed venue/town/city, just let us know and we will re sell your ticket or offer a full refund. But don't forget, all information regarding venue, location will be confirmed after the project has finished on Kickstarter so you can always cancel your pledge with us regardless of the award you have chosen.

What if the band do agree to a crowd funded show?

We will work closely with the management company to make sure everything is arranged and you don't have to worry about a thing. As long as they have said yes, you have a ticket - the date and venue will be confirmed in due course.

When will I know the date of the concert?

Once the project is successful, all further information will be released in due course. You will have secured your ticket so just sit back and relax. If you are unable to make the arranged date, let us know and we will resell your ticket at face value.

What can I expect from the concert if it is successful?

We're not looking for a big production event, pyrotechnics, trapeze artists ect. We'll wheel them in on the back of the truck if we have to.... one thing you can expect, it will raw and will be something to remember.

We have a strong fan base in the UK who I am sure are going to come together and help raise awareness of secondary ticket selling by big companies and have the night of their lives!

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