TICKETING POLICY 2018
What is this about ‘OGAE Tickets’ for Eurovision?
Every year OGAE International (the international Eurovision fanclub bureau) approaches the hosting broadcaster to have a number of ‘ticket packages’ (usually of 6 shows – the 3 jury shows, and the 3 broadcast shows) made available to members of OGAE clubs at a significant discount. The tickets are generally for the best vantage spots in the venue – located front of stage in standing or seating.
These tickets are much prized by fans, not only for their location and discounted cost, but eliminate the need to risk the public sale and ensure you are placed alongside other strong Eurovision fanclub members from across the world.
How much are these tickets?
Prices change every year based on venue, exchange rates, and ticketing sales office.
To give some estimate, based on 2016 Stockholm event prices, the OGAE packages cost $640 AUD per person – inclusive of all 6 show tickets.
For 2017 in Kyiv, ticket package prices were variable dependent on location (sitting, standing, etc). These ranged between $400-600 AUD per person.
Can I just purchase one ticket – say to the final, rather than the ‘OGAE Ticket package’?
No. OGAE Tickets are sold as a package only, and not available individually, or to be re-sold or split up.
If you wish to attend just one show (or a selected few), it is suggested you purchase these tickets through the official ticket seller when they go on public sale.
How are ESCFAN (OGAE Australia) operating this process?
Based on previous club feedback collected, and as the most equitable and fair process assessed, ESCFAN (OGAE Australia) will run a random ballot for 2018.
This will require members to advise us of their interest in tickets so that they can be on a list which will later be drawn to assign a number (position) for a possible ticket.
As numbers are assigned, if any member wishes to withdraw their interest, tickets will be offered to the next available person down the list, and so on.
Only primary members of ESCFAN will eligible for the ballot.
Only one package can be purchased per member.
For those who plan to attend with another person (maximum of 2 people to be seated/standing together), you are able to advise us of their name so that you can be placed together in the ballot, and thus, assigned a number in the draw together.
Please note that every person in the ballot must be a financial member of ESCFAN by the eligibility closing date, including partners/friends/family members.
It is important that only members who are serious about attending and purchasing tickets through our club indicate their interest in the ballot. The numbers we send to OGAE International for their negotiations of packages are accountable, and if not met once allocated can affect future negotiations and allocations to OGAE clubs.
What do you mean by primary members of ESCFAN (OGAE Australia)?
Whilst you can be a financial member of any number of OGAE-affiliated clubs, it is only possible to be a primary member of one club at any given time. Your nominated primary club will supply you with a card prior to the 2018 event to confirm this status. Only ESCFAN (OGAE Australia) members who have supplied a photo for a card to be produced are eligible for tickets. Cards may need to be shown at the event in conjunction with any OGAE tickets provided in order to be considered valid for entry.
Are tickets for ESCFAN (OGAE Australia) guaranteed?
Tickets for any and every OGAE club are never guaranteed as it is a year-by-year negotiation dealt with by the EBU, the host broadcaster and the OGAE International board.
In the past, roughly 2,000-2,500 packages have been acquired for distribution amongst all the OGAE clubs, yet demand has a tendency to outstrip supply in popular years and destinations such as Stockholm 2016.
(NOTE: Due to some difficulties with the production staff changing and new/late negotiation, only a total of 900 OGAE Packages were secured for the 2017 Content in Kyiv - this meant that not all requests were satisfied)
OGAE Australia as a member organisation is eligible and will do its best to secure as many ticket packages as possible. The allocation process is handled by OGAE International, and as soon as we have any further information from the board on potential package numbers we will advise our members.
Once our own club allocation is known, we will contact ballot members via email as early as possible on their success.
Can I apply through more than one OGAE ticketing process?
No. This is a clear rule set by the OGAE International Bureau.
Any members who join multiple ticket applicant lists through OGAE could find themselves banned from fan ticket allocations altogether in the future.
When do membership applications for 2018 ESCFAN (OGAE Australia) ticketing eligibility close?
In order to qualify for the 2018 membership ballot and OGAE allocation of tickets, you must be a paid-financial member of ESCFAN with primary status by SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 2017.
NOTE: This is also the date that all updates to the September OGAE Card issues and renewals will be due by for OGAE International printing.
How do I send my request to be on the ballot list?
If you wish to be placed on the 2018 ESCFAN (OGAE Australia) Ticketing ballot, please send the following:
An email with the heading ‘OGAE Ballot 2018’ to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your name (and the name of your member partner if you wish to be placed together)
Your preference of a standing or seating ticket (noting that only an approximate 15% of tickets supplied are seated, so preference is given to those with medical needs)
THE BALLOT WILL CLOSE BY SATURDAY 30 SEPT 2017.
NOTE: If for privacy reasons you do not wish to have your name announced or published as part of the ballot, but still wish to submit, you can take advantage of an 'opt out' whereby we utilise your initials instead. Please advise us at the time of your request.
When will I need to let ESCFAN (OGAE Australia) know by that I wish to be in the running for the 2018 ticketing ballot?
The ticket ballot applications will close at 11.59pm on Saturday 30 September 2017.
When will the ballot be drawn?
ESCFAN will run its ballot in a public forum for accountability purposes. This will take place at an ESCFAN event in October (location and date TBD). We will also live stream the draw via YouTube for those unable to attend.
The results of the ballot draw will be published on our website and issued to all members in the draw confirming their status via email.
When will I know if I am successful in gaining tickets?
OGAE International will typically advise package allocation numbers to their clubs and members at the same time as the public ticket sale announcement. Therefore you should know prior to the public sale whether you are successful.
As an indication of rough time for purchase, tickets for Stockholm went on sale to the public and OGAE at end of November 2015, Vienna was early December 2014, and Copenhagen was January 2014.
Ticketing for Kyiv occurred in February/March 2017, however was this was considered out of the ordinary due to other production delays. 2018 hosts Portugal have indicated that they hope to conduct ticket sales in late 2017.
What if I am unsuccessful?
If we do not secure enough tickets for all our members on the ballot, we will still advise your status via email and the location and cost for ticket purchases through the public sale.
If any successful member wishes to withdraw their interest following the allocation, tickets will assigned to the next available person down the list, and so on.