Freed trying again

It looks like attempts are being made to get Freed, a news/media alternative, off the ground again.

Slater pal Regan Cunliffe is back looking investors in Freed and railing against journalists.

It was over two years ago that Cameron Slater announced that Freed would be up and running by the last election – CAMERON SLATER’S NEXT MEDIA VENTURE.

We’ve been signalling that there is something in the wind that would see Whaleoil expand and grow without being specific about it.

At this stage we are not going to expand on any of the detail, suffice to say that instead of replacing Whaleoil, this new venture will implement similar strategies and draw on the same talents that is driving the unprecedented growth behind this site.  It will complement and run alongside Whaleoil, but is a completely separate venture focussed purely on “the news”.

It is time for a “New media” news service and a bit of a shake-up of the old media club.

It is not going to be right or left, but it is going to be a properly resourced new media venture with all the news, all the time.

 The post quotes from an NBR article:

[Cameron Slater] will start a news website before this year’s general election.

NBR ONLINE understands Instra managing founder Tony Lentino is funding
the news website which Cameron Slater says will have 10 staff.

There were job interviews in late 2014 but then things stalled.

In April this year on Whale Oil: IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING TODAY…

For more than a decade I have been building online communities. I began by creating one of the first Olympic Games blogs with an average of 250,000 visitors each day. In recent years, I’ve worked on award winning TV-centric sites.

The one project I have constantly wanted to tackle is news. I’ve watched as media companies struggled to come to terms with the arrival and dominance of digital media. I’ve laughed and shaken my head in disbelief at what their reactions were. I’ve watched copious amounts of money be thrown at poorly executed attempts at second-rate delivery platforms. My frustration at what a real difference those resources in the right hands could make was palpable.

Knowing what to do and being able to do it are quite different things. In order to challenge the mainstream media, any new player needs a certain level of resources. Finding someone who recognised the opportunity in the media market and was willing to back it financially was the first goal.

In early 2014, Freed was incredibly close to launching at the end of that year. We’d had a great development run and a very successful round of interviews with potential job candidates and were weeks away from going live when it all changed. Tony became unwell and was diagnosed with cancer. This is public knowledge due to a Fairfax article.

Freed is an important project because we desperately need to change how journalism is done. I believe Freed has the answer. Careful preparation has been made and we’re ready to launch. Freed will monetise news without the need for advertising or paid subscriptions to access it. What we need now are a few more people who are prepared to put $50k+ on the table.

As established media organisations continue to diminish and devalue their newsrooms by eliminating the single biggest asset they have, their staff, I am of the belief that it is those who are investing in news who will not only survive, but become the new leaders in journalism. The incumbents are wandering around aimlessly like zombies as the world crumbles around them. We are young, excited, and full of vision for the future.

If you’re ready to help launch the next big thing in New Zealand, I’d love to hear from you and have you join us for the next leg of this incredible journey.

Regan Cunliffe
CEO Freed Media Group

 Yesterday SB posted at Whale Oil: DO YOU WANT BETTER NEWS COVERAGE IN NEW ZEALAND?

I follow Freed Media and received the following e-mail yesterday. Freed wants to give readers the news they want, when they want it. You can help them with their planning and staff allocation by answering the questions and telling them what news coverage you want.

That’s an odd comment. SB implies she was advised by email but then appears to reveal details about Freed’s progress that are not mentioned in the email, which says:

Do you want better news coverage in New Zealand?

Hello friends!

In preparation for the launch of Freed, we’ve published a survey online to help us better understand how you currently consume news and how you’d like to.

You can find the survey here:http://freed.nz/survey.html

Please share this with anyone you think is dissatisfied with the current state of media in New Zealand.

The survey page at Freed:

FreedSurveyPage

Oddly the main page at freed.nz remains unchanged with a ‘subscribe’ option and no sign of the survey or any other information.

The SB post also appeared to repost Regan Cunliffe’s letter posted in April but it is an updated version with a number of changes, including:

The media landscape has continued to decay with their shameless pursuit of clickbait, and idle and malicious gossip.  Much of what passes as headlines and “breaking news” now is paid-for content that protects brands from ever having a bad thing written about them because they’re funding the survival of these clickbait engines.

Freed is an important project because we desperately need to change how journalism is done. I believe Freed has the answer.  Careful preparation has been made, new investors have been found and we’re gearing up for launch.  It’s not too late to be a part of history so please contact me if you’d like to learn more about how you can invest in the future of not only Journalism, but New Zealand.

Freed will monetise news without the need for advertising or paid subscriptions to access it.

So now “new investors have been found and we’re gearing up for launch” but also “It’s not too late to be a part of history so please contact me if you’d like to learn more about how you can invest…”

It closes the same as the earlier letter:

If you’re ready to help launch the next big thing in New Zealand, I’d love to hear from you and have you join us for the next leg of this incredible journey.

Regan Cunliffe
CEO Freed Media Group

The Freed Facebook page now links the the survey, which apart from a message about Lentino’s death is the first activity for about a year there. @FreedNZ has also become active again, promoting the survey.

But on the Whale Oil thread it was pointed out there were problems with the survey, and this was confirmed on Twitter:

It appears there was a DNS issue affecting some people trying to complete our survey today.

Supposedly being about to launch a survey seeing what people want is a curious approach.

While a lot of the public promotion appears to still be via Whale Oil it is interesting to see that, after being announced as “Cameron Slater’s next media venture”, Slater is now sort of out of the picture with Cunliffe appearing to be in charge and fronting things – although Slater does appear in comments.

Slater freed from Whale Oil

It was announced on Whale Oil yesterday that Cameron Slater is leaving Whale Oil (for a month or two or something) and Pete Belt is completely taking over (Belt has been holding together and propping WO up for a year or two anyway).

But there were confusing messages, apparently prompted by news leaking out that it was happening quietly.

Bryce Edwards@bryce_edwards

Cameron Slater is reported by @RMAHarman to be stepping aside from the Whaleoil site (for a new news site), and some MPs have been informed.

A few hours later a post appeared on Whale Oil – From the Driver’s Seat: Cam Slater is no longer with Whaleoil by Pete, Editor.

I used to write columns “from the passenger seat”, providing insight into Whaleoil as a close observer.  From today that changes for a while. No doubt this will come as a shock to many, but Cam’s no longer here after the weekend.

That’s a bit confusing. “No longer with Whaleoil” versus “no longer here after the weekend”.

UPDATE: There is a post under ‘Cameron Slater’ up at 7.30 am this morning so it seems to be the latter.

But it isn’t a shock to me. Slater has been a shadow of his former self as blogger. He has been isolated and has sounded jaded. Blogging is relentless, especially at the level WO has been operating and especially if ongoing income is essential.

The good news is that it is only for a little while. I’m not allowed to share with you what he’s up to, but the choice had to be made: Was he going to do two things poorly, or one thing well?

So Cam will be back in a month, perhaps two – depending.

Uncertainty about whether this is a temporary or a permanent change.

Some would probably claim Slater has been doing more than two things poorly.

Slater in comments: “I will just be taking a bit of a sabbatical after 11 years with no break.”

Fair enough, if that is the case. But there are indications that may not be entirely correct. What is he going to do well?

NBR have some suggestions in Slater to take sabbatical from blog site – ‘like Andrew Sullivan’.

According to Mr Slater, his decision to take a break has been prompted by two things: “a couple of other projects that need some attention” and his “need [for] a rest after an intense couple of years.”

In response to “I hope this means we’re gonna be a step close to being freed or soon to be reading Dirty Politics – The Other Side” in WO comments Slater replied “I will neither confirm nor deny both of those”.

Of the latter, he says, “Having blogged constantly for 11 years this will actually be my first real break.

Fair enough on that. Blogging at his level and fighting related legal actions and initiating legal actions are all time consuming and would wear anyone out.

As for what those projects entail, he declines to comment.

It is believed, however, that one of them is the long-in-gestation news site Freed, plans for which NBR first reported in July 2014.

So Freed, announced by Slater two years ago with a claimed start up date of ‘before the election’, may be about to get off the ground.

At the time Mr Slater confirmed his intention to start a news site to “complement and run alongside Whale Oil,” one that would not be “right or left, but … a properly resourced new media venture with all the news, all the time,” but wouldn’t comment on whether Instra managing founder and Kim Dotcom-supporter-turned-detractor Tony Lentino was bankrolling the idea.

That was confirmed, however, in April this year in a piece published on Whale Oil by Regan Cunliffe, the founder of former television fan site Throng who is understood to be Mr Slater’s business partner in the venture.

Curiously this NBR article was quoted in a later post on Whale Oil – NBR’s take on Whaleoil’s change in direction , without comment from ‘Whaleoil Staff’.

Was there an agreement not to reveal what project Slater was going to working on while on sabbatical?

Belt had previously posted “I’m not allowed to share with you what he’s up to”, but he’s just reporting what someone else said, right?

So Slater is no longer at Whale Oil, either now or after the weekend.

He is on a sabbatical and taking a well earned rest – “my first real break” – while working on a project or two.

And he may be back at Whale Oil in a month. Or two. Depending.

In the meantime, what now for Whale Oil? It looks like this is a sudden change as Belt is suggesting things he might do, so doesn’t yet have plans in place. See next post.

Freed eventually?

The first public sign for some time that Freed may be going to get off the ground popped up this week, after initial fanfare nearly two years ago followed by signs of recruitment had then subsided into nothing more than occasional hints.

And notably, while Freed is again being promoted on Whale Oil, it is not Cameron Slater heading the hubris, and it has been presented less as a tack on project of Slater’s.

In July 2014 Freed was announced on Whale Oil as Cameron Slater’s next media venture.

We’ve been signalling that there is something in the wind that would see Whaleoil expand and grow without being specific about it.

This quoted an NBR report:

[Cameron Slater] will start a news website before this year’s general election.

NBR ONLINE understands Instra managing founder Tony Lentino is funding
the news website which Cameron Slater says will have 10 staff.

Mr Slater will not confirm Mr Lentino’s involvement but says one private
investor has contributed a six-figure sum for the site.

He says the investor was motivated to act after being frustrated at the quality
of news and journalism in New Zealand.

Mr Slater’s associate, Regan Cunliffe, has registered a domain name,
freed.co.nz, but Mr Slater said this was only one of many options for the site.

Mr Cunliffe is the founder of TV website Throng.

Mr Slater says the Whale Oil site will continue at the same time and the sites
may break stories together.

Slater added:

At this stage we are not going to expand on any of the detail, suffice to say that instead of replacing Whaleoil, this new venture will implement similar strategies and draw on the same talents that is driving the unprecedented growth behind this site.  It will complement and run alongside Whaleoil, but is a completely separate venture focussed purely on “the news”.

It is time for a “New media” news service and a bit of a shake-up of the old media club.

If done well a major media alternative could have had a positive effect.

But then Dirty Politics happened, severely impacting in Slater’s credibility and saleability. The election came and went and Slater was marginalised.

Recruitment advertisements and interviews went ahead towards the end of 2014, but in 2015 activity quickly faded from sight. It turns out that funder Lentino was diagnosed with cancer and suddenly had different priorities.

Over the next year there were only passing hints of something possible in future.

Then on Thursday an Incite article was reposted at Whale Oil – something Slater had said wouldn’t happen as Incite was exclusive material (“None of the content of the magazine will be available on Whaleoil or anywhere else.”)

It had been promoted as “Regan Cunliffe discusses what motivated him to start working towards building a new media voice in NZ.”

But it was more of a product promotion than a political/media insight and it appears that it needed a bigger market.

IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING TODAY…

During the 2011 election, my wife Rachel and I had been invited by TVNZ to cover the leaders’ debates for our television website Throng.

Although posted under Slater’s name and it was not made clear at the start it was obviously not Slater. A quick scroll to the bottom shows that it is signed by Regan Cunliffe, CEO Freed Media Group.

Cunliffe gave some background into why he thought alternative media was important to him. He then detailed some of Freed’s history.

The one project I have constantly wanted to tackle is news. I’ve watched as media companies struggled to come to terms with the arrival and dominance of digital media. I’ve laughed and shaken my head in disbelief at what their reactions were. I’ve watched copious amounts of money be thrown at poorly executed attempts at second-rate delivery platforms. My frustration at what a real difference those resources in the right hands could make was palpable.

Knowing what to do and being able to do it are quite different things. In order to challenge the mainstream media, any new player needs a certain level of resources. Finding someone who recognised the opportunity in the media market and was willing to back it financially was the first goal.

A difficult goal. Any major investment in media would be a major gamble as old media companies struggle to adapt and shed staff and credibility.

The big growth in media is with major international enterprises like Google and Facebook. They are substantially changing and taking over news distribution channels.

In early 2014, Tony Lentino provided that necessary financial backing that would launch such a project. Freed was incredibly close to launching at the end of that year. We’d had a great development run and a very successful round of interviews with potential job candidates and were weeks away from going live when it all changed. Tony became unwell and was diagnosed with cancer. What immediately became the priority was Tony’s very survival. The stress of launching such a large, and important project, just wasn’t what he needed. Tony wished us the best and walked away to focus on staying alive and making sure he was around to watch his young family grow up.

During 2015 we hoped and prayed for a miracle for Tony as we continued to refine our plans for Freed.

Very tough on Lentino, and frustrating for Cunliffe.

The media landscape has continued to decay with their shameless pursuit of clickbait, and idle and malicious gossip. Much of what passes as headlines and “breaking news” now is paid-for content that protects brands from ever having a bad thing written about them because they’re funding the survival of these clickbait engines.

I agree with all of that. But ironically Whale Oil has also become synonymous with paid-for content and click baiting, so their association with Freed is an issue.

Freed is an important project because we desperately need to change how journalism is done.

I think that is a bit optimistic. Sure you can try to change it in some way by doing journalism differently, but influencing journalism as a whole significantly is highly ambitious and probably unrealistic.

I believe Freed has the answer. Careful preparation has been made and we’re ready to launch. Freed will monetise news without the need for advertising or paid subscriptions to access it.

Subscriptions would severely limit the chances of success, especially for a new media enterprise. But no advertising as well limits options substantially.

What we need now are a few more people who are prepared to put $50k+ on the table.

Hence the repost at Whale Oil – which makes fund raising challenging.

Whale Oil has done quite a bit of fund raising already, but not on this scale. Slater and Whale Oil are not a particularly marketable commodity or medium these days.

But with Freed being closely associated with Whale Oil and Slater since the initial announcement there are probably limited alternatives for them to promote themselves. Other major media are hardly likely to promote a competitor.

David Farrar seems to have in part at least remained supportive of Slater but I haven’t even seen Kiwiblog helping out.

As established media organisations continue to diminish and devalue their newsrooms by eliminating the single biggest asset they have, their staff, I am of the belief that it is those who are investing in news who will not only survive, but become the new leaders in journalism. The incumbents are wandering around aimlessly like zombies as the world crumbles around them.

It looks quite a bit like that.

We are young, excited, and full of vision for the future.

It’s not clear who the ‘we’ are he is referring to. Slater is not particularly young and has sounded quite jaded lately. Perhaps Cunliffe has other young excited people lined up.

If you’re ready to help launch the next big thing in New Zealand, I’d love to hear from you and have you join us for the next leg of this incredible journey.

Regan Cunliffe
CEO Freed Media Group
regan@freedmediagroup.com

If you share Regan’s vision and optimism and have a few grand to spare then go for it.

A venture like this must be a big risk financially. It may be just what the media market needs in the future, but it is a very competitive market that’s in turmoil. There are opportunities but also risks.

And one risk is being closely associated with Slater, who while breaking significant new ground with Whale Oil is finding the going tough as his dirty (and proud of it) approach has taken it’s toll.

Cunliffe may be able to pull it off, he has substantial web and media experience and doesn’t have the baggage that Slater has.

Any new media venture has to be worth supporting with some hope that it will shake things up and provide something better. Whether Cunliffe can find the financial support he needs will become apparent in the coming months.

There has been no sign of change at freed.nz for some time, with the same “Be the first to know when we’re live” subscription message that’s been up there for months.

And the last post on Freed’s Facebook page is from 19 August 2015.

The sooner they can build an online profile separate to Whale Oil the better.

Freed launching

It looks like something revolutionary in online media is going to happen.

Cameron Slater has been promising to launch Freed for 18 months. There are indications  that he is ready to break free.

He wants to break free from political skulduggery and manipulation.

He wants to wash the mud off his hands and break free from the era of Dirty Politics.

He wants to break free from the abusive and ridiculing behaviour he is synonymous with.

He wants to break free from the shackles of paid for sock puppetry.

He wants to break free of the wailing woes of Whale Oil (he’s been embarrassed since he discovered the site simple isn’t actually a whale).

He wants to break free of being seen as the spoilt brat bad boy of the blogosphere.

What else would he want to break free from?

Freed website.

 

 

 

Freed, one of these days, maybe?

It looks more like the new era of media via Freed is in never-never land.

In yet another post at Whale Oil criticising New Zealand’s mainstream media – Bryce Edwards writes an obituary for the New Zealand Mainstream media – irony abounds as usual.

 His bias has been extremely apparent since Dirty Politics hit…

This wasn’t referring to Cameron Slater but one of Whale Oil’s repeat targets.

Pretending Whaleoil does not exist and wishing that it no longer has any influence, is not the same thing as it actually not existing and having no influence.

Wistful thinking.

Like Nicky Hager, they wanted to knock a powerful political spin doctor off his perch. His influence on his growing readership rivalled their influence on their shrinking readership. Spin doctoring should be the preserve of those with the ‘correct’ political leanings, trained and skilled, not those who challenge the status quo with their politically incorrect but popular musings.

No longer having the sources and ghost writers he used to have the “powerful political spin doctor” is left wheel spinning in mud. He was used and is now largely a discarded tool.

Spanish Bride winds down her post with a substantially wound back expectations that Freed might ever appear.

One of these days I believe we will be freed from this kind of unbalanced journalism. I used to think that a new media company would have to first destroy the competition before it could grab the market share. After reading Edward’s media obituary, I now think that the new company on the block will only have to step over the body.

It will have to be a new company on the block. Old media is not the only body – it may be ailing but at least there’s still something of substance still surviving.

Whale Oil looks to be toxic on the rocks.

WOBFpuppet

Most of the teeth have gone, and so have the hands the fed it.

Freed?

Freed was announced by Cameron Slater over a year ago, when he claimed it would be up and running by the election (September 2014 presumably).

He also claimed there was million dollar backing for it. Job applications were south in December. But it has fizzled out since then apart from an occasional mention.

On a Whale Oil post yesterday – BLOOD ON A NEWSROOM FLOOR – Freed got a promotion from Spanish Bride:

Pity, it will take some of the thrill out of launching Freed if the competition is already half dead. Nah just kidding… it will still be a thrill.The MSM and the twateratti like to think Freed isn’t going to happen. I do hope they keep believing that as it will make the launch that much more satisfying.

Where are we at with Freed by the way?

The day it launches will be the first day you hear about it.

There is no new sign of action on Freed’s website or on their Facebook page.

As anyone heard of anything else on this?

Media changes

There’s been a number of media changes lately, indicating companies are looking at ways of reducing costs and trying to get sufficient revenue to survive in the modern media world that has been turned upside down by the Internet..

The Spinoff has been promoting themselves madly on Twitter. There are some familiar names amongst them.

The Spinoff is a New Zealand website covering television, sports, books and more. Founded in 2014 as a television site, in September 2015 it relaunched with a broader remit, but the same sensibility.

We also have a business-focused division, The Spinoff Custom, which creates content for brands, with the ability to generate high quality text, video or audio in a variety of formats. Our products include 1972 magazine, created for Barkers, and premium travel writing for Flight Centre.

Lightbox.co.nz are major sponsors of the television content on this site, and we are incredibly grateful to them. Part of their sponsorship involves us covering their shows – but only those we genuinely love. They understand for a site like this to work we need to be able to cover the entire TV universe, too. Which we do – and always with complete editorial independence. That’s a big part of how we can bring The Spinoff to you for free, while still paying our writers.

Our sports coverage is sponsored by PGA Tour Live and Premier League Pass. So we’ll pay extra attention to golf and the EPL, while also discussing the wider sporting landscape. Books are brought to you by Unity Books. Without any of these sponsors we simply wouldn’t exist, so please support them whenever you can.

Staff:

  • Editor & Publisher: Duncan Greive.
  • Commercial Director: Fraser McGregor
  • Television Editor: Alex Casey
  • Sports Editor: Scotty Stevenson
  • Books Editor: Steve Braunias
  • Politics Editor: Toby Manhire
  • The Spinoff Custom Editor: Catherine McGregor
  • Staff Producer: José Barbosa
  • Staff Writer: Calum Henderson
  • Staff Feature Writer: Don Rowe

MediaWorks with Rachel Glucina launched Scout, an entertainment/celebrity news/gossip website on Monday.

The most entertaining thing about the launch was seeing non-Mediaworks journalists rubbishing it, which gave Scout some helpful promotion.

Midweek Scouts New Zealand announced that they were completely unassociated.

And on Friday Scout actually broke some news – about media competitors NZME:

Redundancies expected at NZ Herald

A huge shake-up is under way at the New Zealand Herald with several high-profile names facing redundancy, SCOUT has learned.

On Wednesday, staff at NZME – owners of the Herald – were invited to attend a company presentation announcing expansion plans to integrate its print, digital and radio news teams in a 24/7 operation. Lunch was served and staff were feeling positive. 

The next day, however, the restructure axe fell and several consultation meetings were held in offices off the Herald newsroom floor with employees affected by the redundancy news.

SCOUT has been told high-profile columnists John Drinnan, Brian Rudman and Michele Hewitson are facing redundancy.

NBR has expanded on this:

It’s now understood that other senior staff at the NZ Herald being ‘consulted’ about the proposed plans to facilitate the creation of NZME’s “world-class integrated newsroom” (ie, more than likely being made redundant) also include Canvas deputy editor Greg Dixon, feature writer Alan Perrot and columnist John Roughan.

One NZ Herald staff member says, “It’s a bloodbath.” Another tells NBR that 30% of editorial staff are getting the chop. The number is unconfirmed, but would still mean editorial is getting off more lightly than sales where sources suggest that up to 40% of staff could receive their marching orders.

This looks like a major culling of staff and restructuring of a mutli-faceted media company.

So print, broadcast and online media are going through major changes.

But no sign of any action from Freed since a minor sign of something insignificant from them a month ago.

Is Freed starting to happen?

After silence fropm Freed for most of the year there was a sign that somethig may be happening. Posted on their Facebook page on August 19:

Rehearsing traffic reports in the Freed chopper

Are they going to be Auckland-centric or national?

The Freed Media Group image was also posted on Twitter, the first sign of activity since February.

Their webpage has also changed at some stage but offers no hints about their plans.

Freed was first announced in July 2014.

Has Freed morphed into Whale Oil Media?

There’s signs via at Whale Oil that suggest a major new media enterprise (Freed) has morphed into a bit of rebranding as ‘Whale Oil Media’.

This became apparent in EXCLUSIVE: THE POEM COLIN CRAIG DOESN’T WANT YOU TO SEE:

WhaleOil Media can reveal…

WhaleOil Media understands…

…has provided WhaleOil Media

…which WhaleOil Media will…

It is also prominent if you do any site searches:

WhaleOilMediaSearch

And in the FACE OF THE DAY post today Slater’s wife shows that she signed a letter to Education Minister Hekia Parata as ‘Whaleoil Media Education Reporter”.

WhaleoilEducationReporter

The Whaleoil Media Education Reporter seemed to be disappointed she didn’t get special prompt attention from a Minister.

There’s still no sign of any progress with Freed since their website recruitment drive in November/January – they were seeking an ambitious list of staff (a minimum of seventeen staff listed) but I’ve heard they failed to attract suitable candidates.

Slater’s last mention seems to be this from May 10.

What can you tell us about FREED?

FREED is coming, but we won’t launch it until we are good and ready and have everything we want in place. Good things come to those who wait. We will launch on our timetable and no one else’s. That said if you know anyone who is keen on investing in a new media outlet to challenge the duopolies in media in New Zealand then we want to hear from you.

Is the timetable ruled by finances? Compare the launch claim (July 2014)…

Mr Slater will not confirm Mr Lentino’s involvement but says one private investor has contributed a six-figure sum for the site.

…and a response to “a $600,000 right wing attack blog” (October 2014)…

$600,000? That isn’t even 7 figures…WRONG again.

…to last month (May 2015):

…if you know anyone who is keen on investing…

…to Product of the Month (June 2015):

LAST DAY!!!!! – WHALEOIL’S PRODUCT OF THE MONTH

To raise funds as well as respond to demand, Whaleoil will run a monthly product special (when we run one!).

Has the million dollar ‘Freed’ morphed into a more modest ‘Whale Oil Media’?

$150 for Whale Oil Decade of Dirt tickets

Whale Oil is promoting their 10th birthday event. Tickets are now on sale – for $150 a pop plus extras.

A DECADE OF DIRT: TICKETS ON SALE AT TICKMASTER

It’s Ticketmaster. And promoting dirt may have limited appeal.

When:  Wednesday 10 June, 06:30PM – ’till late

Where:  Snapdragon, 204 Quay Street, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland.

What:  It’s hard to predict.  The idea is by getting enough people into the same place, something is bound to happen.  And that’s before you add Cam Slater.  All drinks and food are included in the ticket price.  Certain MPs, media and B and C-list celebs will be having their spot in the sun that evening.

Who:  This is a public event.  Anyone is welcome*.  Still waiting for Kim Dotcom to RSVP.  He’s got a comp ticket if he wants it.   He can probably catch up with Banksie as well.   Think of it as a huge election slash Dirty Politics after party.

The event will not be broadcast/streamed live.  You have to be there, to be there.

Ticketmaster:

WhaleOilTicket10That’s a big ticket price. Especially if it’s for a launch of Freed as rumoured.

There will be some serious dirt revealed, and best it isn’t streamed.

Maybe it’s just an ego driven fundraiser.