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TicketWeb Expands Services in the U.K

Oakland, CA-based TicketWeb USA said it established TicketWeb UK in a joint venture with the McKenzie Group Ltd., owner of Brixton Academy and Shepherd's Bush Empire, two of London's most popular music venues.

TicketWeb UK will be a full-service ticket distributor taking orders over the Internet, by telephone and via fax. Financial arrangements with McKenzie were not disclosed.

U.K ticket sales debut with shows for R.E.M., Echo & the Bunnymen and Lauryn Hill, and will continue with other major US label performers touring in the UK early this year.

"The McKenzie Group shares TicketWeb's mission of lowering consumer ticket costs and providing venues and promoters with more sophisticated Web-based services for free," said Andrew Dreskin, president of TicketWeb. "Our international expansion is progressing as planned. This year, we expect to form more partnerships in Europe and beyond."

This announcement follows on the heels of a TicketWeb deal with African Media Entertainment (AME), worth $2.8 million. AME is the owner of BIG Concerts, South Africa's largest concert promoter. AME has licensed the TicketWeb System to form TicketWeb South Africa, the second distinct Web site from the original TicketWeb USA.

TicketWeb is a global Internet-based company committed to reducing ticket distribution costs through the use of modern technology. It claims to be the first company in the world to sell event tickets over the Internet and now serves more than 300 clients on three continents. TicketWeb's clients include the Louvre in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in both San Francisco and New York, the San Diego Zoo, and the San Francisco Jazz Festival.