Festicket appoints new Chairman and Senior Advisor

Festicket, the world’s leading festival experience platform, announces the appointment of ex-lastminute.com CEO Ian McCaig as the new Chairman of the Board, and legendary concert producer and promoter Harvey Goldsmith CBE as Senior Advisor to the Company.

A well known name in the travel industry, McCaig joined the founders and the board of lastminute.com in 2003 when it was still a public company.  He was appointed CEO in 2006 following the sale of lastminute.com to Sabre Corporation for $1.1bn and led the development of the business for a further five years.  He subsequently became CEO at one of the first new challenger entrants to the UK energy market, First Utility, growing the company to c.1m customers and £1bn revenue before the business was sold to Shell at the end of 2017. 

McCaig also sits on the boards of M-Kopa Ltd (the leading off-grid solar company in Africa), Seedrs (a pioneer of equity crowdfunding), the British Tourist Authority and English Heritage. 

Harvey Goldsmith CBE is a visionary producer and promoter of rock concerts, charity events and television broadcasts, with achievements in the industry stretching back over more than 50 years.He has produced, managed and promoted shows with most of the world’s major artists and was responsible for the two largest music events the world has ever seen: Live Aid and Live 8. 

Goldsmith has received numerous awards including a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1996 and the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French Minister of Culture in 2006.  In July 2012, Harvey received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Brighton.

After recently announcing the acquisition of the UK-based multi-award winning ticketing and cashless POS platform, Event Genius, these appointments mark another major step forward in enabling Festicket’s mission to become the world's largest two-sided platform for live events.

Zack Sabban, Festicket CEO & co-founder, commented: “We’re so happy to welcome both Ian and Harvey to the company.  Having admired their careers from afar for some time, to be able to have them join the Festicket family at this exciting time and help accelerate us to the next level in our development is something we’re very pleased to have been able to make happen.”


Festicket is the world's largest platform for discovering and booking festival trips. 


Working closely with over 2,000 official festival partners including Coachella, Tomorrowland and Reading & Leeds, Festicket offers fans festival trips around the world that combine tickets with accommodation, travel and extras. The website serves a growing community of 2.5m festival goers with the latest news, lineups and updates from the festival world alongside a Festival Finder tool and Festival Guide for discovering new events. 


Founded in 2012 by Zack Sabban and Jonathan Younes, the company is backed by a range of investors including Beringea, Edge, Lepe Partners, ProFounders and InMotion Venture. 


Festicket was ranked as the UK’s 21st fastest-growing technology company by the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 in 2018 and is a Tech Nation Future Fifty member. Alongside its London HQ, Festicket has offices in San Francisco, Amsterdam, Berlin, Porto and Nantes.

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About Festicket & Event Genius


Event Genius is a multi-award winning end-to-end event technology company, providing ticketing, access control, travel and packages, marketing and cashless payment services to events of all types across the globe.

In 2019, Event Genius was acquired by Festicket, the world's largest platform for discovering and booking festival trips. Founded in 2012 by Zack Sabban and Jonathan Younes, Festicket is backed by a range of investors including Beringea, Edge, Lepe Partners, ProFounders and InMotion Venture and in Autumn 2019 completed the acquisition of Event Genius, and the associated Ticket Arena consumer website and brand.

Through combining the two companies' technology offerings, Event Genius is now a truly unique end-to-end platform for organisers and fans alike, providing the most complete offering in the live entertainment industry. Through the egTicketing, egCheckout, egMarketing, egTravel, egAccess and egPay solutions, the platform brings together technology and expertise including POS and cashless payment services, ticketing, accommodation, travel & packages, marketing, data insights & analytics, access control, fan engagement tools and more to plug a gap in the market that no other organisation has addressed to date.

Together, the business works closely with over 4000 official festival and event partners including Coachella, Tomorrowland, BST Hyde Park, Ibiza Rocks, Untitled Group, Afro Nation, Motion Bristol, Amnesia Ibiza, serving a growing community of over 5 million customers.

Alongside its London HQ, Event Genius has offices in Leeds, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Berlin, Porto, Melbourne and Barcelona.