Songkick lays its claim on the music events crown

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Songkick said last year that they wanted to become the largest global database of concerts in the world. It looks like they may have got there already.

Their latest figures say the site now carries information on 100,000 upcoming music events, with over 2,500 added daily from about 80 sources. These include Ticketmaster down to small local listings papers, as well as by the Songkick user community. It’s particularly that aspect which has supercharged the site: user uploads are now up 900% year on year.

The live music industry’s benchmark for coverage until now has been Pollstar’s data – and their homepage currently says they know of “11,978 Artists and 78,818 Events”. Songkick’s numbers quoted are from internal data.

Competitors include TiBconcerts, Bandsintown, Livekick, hearwhere, GigJunkie.net, Setlist.fm, GigLocator and Gig Lovers. However, Songkick has been around since 2007 and is clearly building traction.

Songkick is also making hay with it’s API strategy, releasing data on the 1.4 million past concerts and complete tour histories of thousands of artists going back 50 years for third party developers. As a result, the Hype Machine has now launched listings via the Singkick API.

Songkick’s business model is based around offering affiliates a revenue split on ticket sales.

Songkick was founded in October 2007 by Ian Hogarth, Michelle You and
Pete Smith. The company has funding from Index Ventures, and a group of angels including Saul Klein, (The Accelerator Group), Alex Zubillaga (former EVP of Digital Strategy and Business Development at Warner Music Group), Jeff Clavier (Softech VC), Dan Porter (co-founder of Ticketweb), Peter Read (Music Nation), Andrew Weissman and John Borthwick (Betaworks), Stefan Glaenzer (ex-Chairman Last.fm), Daniel Miller (founder of Mute Records), Mike Heneghan (former MD Mute Records), and Y Combinator.

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