|Headquarters||London, United Kingdom|
|Brands||Songkick, Detour, Tourbox|
Songkick is a website and mobile service that provides personalised news about live music events. It allows users to track their favourite bands and receive email alerts when a tracked band plays a gig nearby. Songkick is one of the original high tech startups in London's Silicon Roundabout area.
Songkick allows users to track bands and receive alerts when those bands play concerts near the user's favourite locations. The site lists more than 100,000 upcoming concerts and its database contains more than 1 million artists. It also provides more than 2 million "gigographies" which are listings of historical concerts with user contributed data including reviews, set lists, videos and photographs.
Songkick has more than 10 million monthly unique users and between 2007 and 2014 has generated more than $100M in ticket sales revenue. More than 5 million of its users are located in the United States.
API and partnerships
Songkick provide an API which allows access to their data and integration with other services. Services that integrate with Songkick's API include Spotify, Foursquare, Deezer, FanBridge, SoundCloud, Warner Music Group., Yahoo! Search, YouTube and Vevo.
Songkick was founded in 2007 by Ian Hogarth, Michelle You and Pete Smith and is based in the Shoreditch area of London. It was initially funded by the Y Combinator seed fund, receiving $15,000 and has since received investment from Index Ventures. By 2008 it had 7 employees and by 2011 had grown to employ 23. In 2012 the company became the first UK investment by Sequoia Capital when it received a £5.9m Series B investment.
In May 2014, Songkick announced it had more than 10M monthly users, and had generated $100M in ticket sales through referrals.
Songkick's Detour platform launched as a closed beta in November 2012, with a public launch in May 2013. Detour allows fans to work together to fund a gig in their location. Users pledge to buy tickets for proposed concerts and if enough pledges for a particular band are made, Songkick works with promoters to put the concert on. Development was led by Dan Rogers.
In 2012, Songkick launched a service for musicians called Tourbox. This tool allows musicians and managers to control how their concerts are promoted to Songkick's users and across their distribution network. It automates the process of publicizing tour dates on any of Songkick's partner sites.
Songkick's business model had been to refer fans to ticket vendors to purchase tickets for upcoming shows. In 2013, Songkick began a trial selling tickets directly to users. Tickets were initially sold direct to UK users and could be bought through Songkick's website and the iOS app.
In 2010 Hogarth, Songkick's CEO, won the British Council’s UK Young Music Entrepreneur of the Year award. In October 2010, Songkick won the Best Innovation Award at the 2010 BT Digital Music Awards.
In April 2011, Songkick was recognised as one of the Telegraph's top 100 startups in Europe.
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