If people are on their phones at gigs all the time, how can the music industry capitalise on this?
Taking badly lit selfies, shooting blurry shots of the bassist and posting them to Twitter, texting a friend at the bar to get you an extra pint: if you’ve been to a gig in the last few years, the sea of smartphone screens...
July 27, 2015
Livetake matches gig smartphone footage to soundboard recordings
Danish startup Livetake is the latest company trying to make music fans’ concert videos sound better. The company has launched its iPhone app this week, promising “to perpetuate concert memories in a personalized way...
July 2, 2015
YouTube will stream The Grateful Dead’s final gigs live
We hear lots about YouTube’s role as a music discovery and consumption service for young millennials. It turns out it’s got one eye on older baby boomers too. At least, that’s our takeaway from the news that YouTube...
June 24, 2015
Live-music subscription service Jukely raises $8m
Jukely is the American startup charging music fans $25 a month to attend an ‘unlimited’ selection of gigs – well, apart from the fact that it’s limited both by the number of days in the month, and the selection of...
April 29, 2015
Concert subscription service Jukely expands to San Francisco
We’re well used to all-you-can-eat streaming music, but all-you-can-attend gigs? That’s still a niche being expanded by US startup Jukely, which has just launched in San Francisco following earlier debuts in New York...
February 9, 2015
YouTube tests multi-angle videos with musician Madilyn Bailey
YouTube is testing a new feature with indie musician Madilyn Bailey: multi-angle videos. Her performance at a recent YouTube music gig was filmed with several cameras, with online viewers now able to switch between them while...
February 5, 2015
Amazon to hold ‘Carols by Kindlelight’ Christmas concert
Amazon’s next music event is an intriguing one: a Christmas carols concert at Abbey Road Studios in London, starring Annie Lennox, Imelda May and Alfie Boe among other artists. Kindlelight? Yes, the 200 audience members...
November 30, 2014
Songkick is now selling tickets for 25% of London gigs
Live music startup Songkick has been selling tickets to concerts through its own system for a while now, but when the feature launched, the company deliberately didn’t talk it up too much: an experiment rather than a disruptive...
November 8, 2014
Cat Stevens cancels New York gig in ticket-touting protest
Cat Stevens is on the comeback trail this year, with his first US gigs since 1976, but New Yorkers will have to wait to see him, after his gig in the city was cancelled. Stevens – aka Yusuf Islam (he’s using both...
September 27, 2014
DoclerMusic livestreams musical tuition AND gigs (for some reason)
DoclerMusic is the latest service to enter the – already busy and very niche – online musical tuition market. It’s a freemium model, with basic lessons free but users are encouraged to leave tips and pay for private...
September 12, 2014
Kate Bush asks fans to keep cameraphones in pockets at upcoming gigs
Kate Bush is the latest artist hoping to avoid a sea of cameraphones waving in the air during her concerts, although her chosen method is a polite letter on her website, rather than takedowns or threats. “We have purposefully...
August 25, 2014
Sam Smith gig to be streamed live into Channel 4 ad break
A gig by Sam Smith will be streamed live into the 10.45pm ad break during Channel 4’s Alan Carr: Chatty Man TV show this Friday (30th May) in the UK. Smith, who won the BBC Sound Of 2014 poll and the Critics’ Choice...
August 7, 2014