Report on UK live market has lessons for other countries too
The UK’s Commons Select Committee on Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has published its report on the future for the UK’s live-music industry, suggesting that despite a “boom” in concert and festival attendance,...
March 19, 2019
Stage is the latest startup planning live concerts in VR
Things have gone a little quiet around music and virtual-reality technology in recent months, don’t you think? There are still startups developing the technology with apps and services up and running, but the hype around...
March 11, 2019
Sofar Sounds founder explains how it built a global music community
Sofar Sounds has built a big network of people running 'secret gigs and intimate concerts' across the world: its events take place in nearly 430 cities now. Founder and CEO Rafe Offer has just handed over the reins to...
February 14, 2019
New organisation takes aim at ticket-touting across Europe
Europe has a new campaigning group taking aim at inflated ticket-reselling. It’s called the Face-value European Alliance for Ticketing (FEAT for short) and has been founded by a group of promoters who’ve worked with artists...
January 18, 2019
Jean-Michel Jarre talks creativity, tech and music’s AI future
Jean-Michel Jarre has been pushing the boundaries of electronic music and reimagining what live concerts can be since the 1970s. The French composer and producer’s one-off spectaculars – for example Place de la Concorde...
November 28, 2018
Festicket raises $10.5m in Series D funding round
Festival ticketing and travel platform Festicket has raised $10.5m in its Series D funding round.
November 12, 2018
Amy Winehouse hologram tour planned for late 2019
Tupac “started” it in 2012 at Coachella when a holographic incarnation of him appeared on stage and since then both Maria Callas and Roy Orbison have been able to get back on the road – well, hologram versions of them...
October 12, 2018
Led Zeppelin Experience may offer streams of concert recordings
It’s been a long time since they rock and rolled: the last time Led Zeppelin played live was for a one-off reformation in December 2007, and since then hopes of further concerts featuring the surviving members of the band...
September 24, 2018
Sandbox Issue 212: Packaged Goods. Bulking Up The Music Bundle
Lead: the recent spat between Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott over who should have been number 1 in the US is arguably less about ego (although there was some of that at stake) and more about the role bundling plays in boosting...
September 19, 2018
Viagogo outrages British MPs with no-show at committee hearing
In hindsight, we should have seen this coming. Secondary-ticketing firm Viagogo was due to give evidence to a British parliamentary committee yesterday, as part of the latter’s inquiry into the live-music market. Then,...
September 6, 2018
Alexa now answers questions about upcoming music concerts
Amazon’s latest feature for its Alexa voice assistant focuses on live music. Alexa can now answer questions about upcoming concerts and music venues, globally.
September 5, 2018