Ticketmaster launches official podcast revealing backstage tour stories

Show will feature band members from Def Leppard, The Mountain Goats, While She Sleeps and more

Entertainment ticket sales and distribution company Ticketmaster has launched an official podcast featuring interviews with performers sharing stories about what happens backstage on tour. 

The weekly series titled Stage Times features five hosts -  Mark, Paul, John, Orlaith and Caitlin - in conversation with band members and musicians from a range of genres including rock, pop, country, and metal. 

Season one of the podcast launched on 11 November with the first episode featuring an interview from Jon Wurster, drummer of  American indie folk band The Mountain Goats.

Other guests announced as part of this season’s line up are Phil Collen from Def Leppard, Lawrence ‘Loz’ Taylor from While She Sleeps, and folk pop singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock. 

Ticketmaster previously launched a football podcast in 2014 via streaming service Mixcloud, hosted by sports journalist Ben Carter. However, Stage Times is the first official podcast from the company to be distributed on all platforms. 

Other brands that have created podcasts recently include language education company Duolingo, who partnered with Crooked Media to launch an eight-episode weekly serie titled Radiolingo, which premieres on 15 November. The podcast covers topics related to linguistics, from curse words to subbing and more. 

This is the first branded podcast from Duolingo, and will be hosted by journalist Ahmed Ali Akbar who is the former host of American Muslim representation podcast, See Something Say Something by Buzzfeed.