Ektron Inc, an innovator in Web content and document management software, has helped 112,000 music fans buy tickets for this year’s Glastonbury Festival, the world’s largest “greenfield” music and performing arts festival. Since 9am Sunday morning, when the 2005 event tickets went on sale, more than 750,000 unique visitors have hit the festival’s site, with 120 000 hits in the first three hours. Event organizers rely on the Web site (www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk) not only to deliver ticket sale information, but also to provide a wealth of information about the event, held annually in southern United Kingdom and known internationally for drawing top talent, entertaining sell-out crowds and supporting humanitarian charities.

The festival Web site, developed by London-based creative multimedia agency and hosting company Qmediastream.com, uses Ektron’s CMS400.NET to manage all of the site’s content, and to enable quick and easy updating of the site.

John McHugh, CEO of Qmediastream explains, “The Glastonbury Festival Web site is the oracle for anyone attending the event. Given the amount of information contained on the Glastonbury Festival site, and the frequency of updates, we needed a tried and tested technology that would enable management of site content in an ordered, staged and cohesive way.

“As an existing Ektron partner, QMS deployed CMS400.NET which has all of the functionality we were looking for. As a result, the Glastonbury Festival site now achieves what many fail to do; it brings clicks and mortar and bricks and mortar together to help the Glastonbury organisation sell tickets, thus raising money both to improve the event in future years and to support its many good causes.”

Bill Rogers, CEO of Ektron explains, “Too often the function of a Web site is overlooked in favour of look and feel. Our work with Qmediastream means that the Glastonbury Festivals site delivers in both areas.”

ENDS 05.04.05

About Ektron
Ektron's software solutions streamline business and publishing processes and help organizations unlock the value of corporate information. At the same time, Ektron’s solutions enable organizations to lower content- and document-lifecycle costs, comply with regulatory requirements and unify the efforts of distributed knowledge workers. Ektron has more than 13,000 customer integrations worldwide including Intel, Pfizer, Celestica and Unilever. Headquartered in Amherst, New Hampshire, Ektron has offices throughout Europe. Visit www.ektron.com to find out how Ektron helps organizations manage people, process and information.

About Qmediastream.com
Founded in 1999 QMS are a fully integrated web agency. They develop and deploy “joined up” Web service propositions, which include Content Management Systems and E-Commerce solutions, as well as a fully managed hosting service, Voice over IP, Customer Relationship Management and customer profiling.
We have a diverse cross section of clients including:
Inter-Group Insurance, part of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Ecademy, DiFED, DEA, DEMOS, Future Forests, CSR Europe and Forum for the Future.

For more information please contact:
Lyndon Johnson / Hinda Smith
Liberty Communications
+44 (0) 207 751 4444
lyndon@libertycomms.com / hinda@libertycomms.com

Published on: 12:00AM on 5th April 2005