Tools: RoadNation Empowers Creators and Fans to Build Tours Together
When it comes to touring, independent artists and their teams often face significant revenue risks. RoadNation aims to help mitigate this risk and drive more fan engagement through a direct artist-to-fan platform that sees...
January 14, 2020
Tools: Promogogo. Sell more tickets using AI, Machine Learning, Predictive Algorithms and Big Data
We are now well used to getting instant analytics on how a new release is performing, thanks to the dedicated artist backends of DSPs like Spotify and Apple Music. This does not hold true for ticket sales – although knowing...
January 14, 2020
LiveXLive says that it now has 820k paying subscribers
Live music-streaming firm LiveXLive has published some end-of-year figures showing its growth. The company, which also owns streaming service Slacker Radio, says it ended the year with 820,000 paid subscribers, having added...
January 10, 2020
Richie Hawtin’s ‘Closer’ app offers new spin on concert videos
Artist Richie Hawtin has a longstanding interest in new technologies, both for DJing and performing music, and for the experience of listening to it. His latest experiment is an app called Closer, which offers a new spin...
January 2, 2020
Sofar Sounds explains its business model after criticism
Live-music firm Sofar Sounds has been facing some criticism in recent months around how it pays artists and its volunteers alike. Now the company is responding in some depth, with a blog post explaining “how money works...
December 20, 2019
RoadNation is latest platform to help acts de-risk tours
Touting (scalping) is an ongoing problem for mega-acts, where demand far outstrips supply. The inverse, of course, is the case for smaller acts – where tours can lose them money and small venues are often sparsely attended....
December 12, 2019
GigsGuide aims to be ‘the love child of Spotify and Skyscanner’
Swedish startup GigsGuide has a nice one-line pitch, describing itself as “the love child of Spotify and Skyscanner”. Skyscanner being one of the most popular airline price-comparison websites. The idea behind GigsGuide...
November 29, 2019
UK Music and ERA reports offer positivity for UK music industry
The UK was the third largest recorded-music market in the world last year, according to the IFPI, with £1.05bn (around $1.4bn at the time) of trade revenues in 2018. For streaming specifically, it was the second biggest...
November 20, 2019
More music festivals promise not to use facial-recognition tech
The trickle of music festivals saying they won’t be using facial-recognition technology to identify fans may be turning into a flood. In September, we reported on US festivals Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits joining a...
October 25, 2019
Tegan and Sara battle touts with ‘rush seating’ at their gigs
Tegan and Sara are excellent, so news of them playing to a half-empty venue is disheartening. But doubly so because it wasn’t the result of poor ticket sales: according to Billboard, the sparsely-attended gig on 30...
October 23, 2019
Primavera Sound goes ticketless as Dice expands to Spain
Spanish live firm Primavera Sound is going to take its events ticketless, including its flagship festival in Barcelona. The company is doing it via an exclusive multi-year partnership with ticketing startup Dice, which will...
October 17, 2019