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,,, 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, Daniel Miller (founder of Mute Records), Mike Heneghan (former MD Mute Records), and Y Combinator.

  • Mike James

    Hmmm I am not sure whether that claim is true. We are the biggest iPhone/iPod Touch promoters online ;-)

    • random

      die die die you stupid spammer

  • gruvr

    Hi guys,

    I’m not sure where you’re getting your competitive research data from, but several other concert sites far surpass the numbers reported here.

    For one thing, has, as of this AM, 291166 upcoming concerts mapped, and has offered a free API and widgets for 2 years now to access the data. During the summer concert season, the number of upcoming indexed shows typically surpasses 500K, and that is filtering out bogus “TBA” etc listings.

    The real slight is that you didn’t even mention the venerable JamBase, which I seem to recall announced they had indexed over 1 million gigs more than a year ago.

    It would be nice if you could research this a bit more and update your facts.

    • David

      Agreed. Found it weird they didn’t mention Jambase. Everyone working in this space would agree

      • Ian Hogarth

        Hi Mark, David,

        Firstly I just want to say that Jambase have been an inspiration to all of us working on concerts. They pioneered the space over 10 years ago and are still going strong. However unless I’m misusing their site search it appears that they have around 42k upcoming gigs listed. That would make sense because as I understand listings are not their core focus and they do a lot of editorial work that we don’t do. (

        As for the “1 million” issue – I don’t think Dave and the guys at JamBase would mind me pointing out that when they quoted this figure in Feb 2008, their point was that in the 10 years they’d been providing concert listings, 1M dates had flowed through their system. (

        You’re absolutely right that filtering out bad data, such as “TBAs”, duplicate concerts, rescheduled/cancelled shows, and theatre tickets, is important. At Songkick we’re ruthless about this. Raw numbers could be higher if we were less concerned with presenting the cleanest, most timely data to our users.

        The industry’s benchmark for concert coverage until now has been Pollstar – and their homepage currently says they know of ~78k upcoming concerts. I’m not sure where your 200k number comes from but I’d be happy to do some detailed benchmarking of our datasets offline. Perhaps you could email me at ian[at]songkick and we’ll set it up.

        Overall concert data is getting cleaner, more comprehensive, and more international. The trend is great for live music fans discovering great gigs. I’m also glad we have competition who are as passionate about solving this problem for music fans as we are, from yourself to the Jambase, Bands in Town, and Sonic Living guys.


      • J

        They didn’t mention either!! They are a great company in this space!

      • gruvr

        Look. It’s not exactly rare for new startups, in their quest for glory, to announce things that may
        seem dubious or naive. 2 years ago, songkick claimed to be tracking 1 million bands (!), etc.
        see: – and now is crowning itself king with 100k events – in mid-winter. Hm, OK.

        Yet others are sincerely curious about “what defines the long tail of live music?” “how big and where is it?”, and “how to enable long-tail music discovery?” These are valid questions, and those engaged in trying to find good answers might question such unqualified proclamations.

        FWIW, the 290k gruvr number is indeed filtered for ‘noise’ and geocoding,but doesnt exclude things
        like dj’s and club-listing duplicates – I sent techcrunch a way to independently vet the numbers.

        Yet I’m more interested in fostering the “long-tail of live music” discussion than in getting free PR.
        These answers lie in the vast Moria of myspace, which has far more live music than any source yet mentioned, but is deep and hard to mine. There’s more to say than fits here.

      • paying ptc sites

        Ya i agree sonic living rocks

    • Suzanne Lainson

      I’m not going to get into which site indexes the most events. But I want to put in a good word for Jambase. Since I first discovered it a number of years ago, Jambase has been my favorite music site. It doesn’t try to be all things to all people. But it knows its audience very well and does a great job targeting to them. Its hardcore fans have always loved and supported live music.

    • paying ptc sites

      Song kick is just a crap acc to me
      i dont accept such sites , just unacceptable for me
      what are the crap events i get to listen .

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  • Todd Cronin

    Songkick you aren’t that good at math, but you are good at PR.

  • Henry Mori

    This is great news, good work Songkick! I love the site, having just re-discovered live music after years in the dark…their site and database coverage rocks!

  • tom

    Didn’t they raise over 4 mil pounds? Thus the TC love and the need for press. Money and spin, that’s what were talking about here. What is their business? Pollstar has made money being a B2B to the music industry for years. Jambase makes money supplying backend to many other businesses. Songkick makes money by raising money from angels and VCs.

    • Alex

      Yeah, and the kickback for ticket sales is pitiful – I wonder how much songkick actually turnover from ticket sale referrals… hmm.

  • Tonio

    Huh? This article doesn’t mention JamBase or Eventful as competitors. What’s up with that?

  • Tony

    I would also include on list of sites. Having the largest database doesn’t mean much. It’s about the community.

  • whit

    This space is pretty crowded, so it’s not surprising he missed a few competitors (SuperGlued is another one that comes to mind).

    That said, Jambase is one that continues to be overlooked by the more tech-focused sites like TC. It may have some editorial and may be a bit old-school, but the database is solid and is widely utilized by other sources and apps.

    I’d also like to see how the traffic and data lines up with Jambase’s. My sense is that Songkick is benefiting from their approach of archiving of past shows….i.e. expanding backwards with the archive just as much as it is pushing forward with upcoming events.

    Overall, it’s a great idea that someone was bound to take on at some point, but it’s all about the execution and I’m not totally convinced they’ve nailed it yet.

    Songkick is certainly doing a great job getting the word out to the tech community, but I’d be curious what kind of user base they’ve got outside of the UK. Has Ian ever shared that data?

    • paying ptc sites

      SuperGlued is great when coming to events
      both are good in their way

  • pedalpete

    I am actually quite surprised that the numbers aren’t higher from SongKick. HearWhere has over double the number of upcoming shows, and numbers are lower now just starting to grow into the summer season.
    Even in Songkicks home town of London, HearWhere currently has 5k plus shows, where Songkick lists only 3300.

    • pedalpete

      As a quick follow-up Mike, I do appreciate you TC’s continued mention of HearWhere. HearWhere also has an api (you can see it in use on
      Your comment re: songkick gaining traction is somewhat questionable.
      Numbers on the site directly seem to be down from a year ago, though I believe the opportunity in this space is via the apis, rather than action directly on site.

      • Shannon

        Y’all might want to check another source at and do some comparisons…seems like songkick is pretty close to jambase on visitors & PVs (again, excluding apps), but has a much higher PV/user and time spent than them or any of the others mentioned here…community strength is telling…

      • tom

        Compete has Jambase almost double visitors than Songkick. If Songkick’s business model is built on user engagement and those are the numbers they’re getting we’ll be seeing Ian in another funded start-up soon.

      • Meego development

        Don’t forget Big player for the USA. Not only do they have a website, but its now available on the Palm Pixi/Pre, iPhone, and Android. Rather then tackling the world right away. PA is going for more accurate data. preAmped is growing fast!

  • surfinberg

    You’re forgetting about Zvents. They power all the biggest music and entertainment guides out there.

  • Alex Trup

    A good start for listing events in Taipei (where I live), but those were only by foreign acts visiting and not any local acts. I assume that’s because they’re not scraping any non-English language resources, but if they don’t start then how can they expect me to “Never miss a gig again.”?

    • paying ptc sites

      What a kicky sht
      song kick ainNt good
      try Zevents

  • Ryan

    Don’t forget Big player for the USA. Not only do they have a website, but its now available on the Palm Pixi/Pre, iPhone, and Android. Rather then tackling the world right away. PA is going for more accurate data. preAmped is growing fast!

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  • j

    The unauthorised posting of fans’ images, video, etc. from concerts is illegal if not authorised by the artists – so I hope they’ve got deep pockets!

  • charlotte

    Still don’t get the songkick model. even if you ask them direct they can’t tell you where the revenue is going to come from beyond ticket sales. (And as someone mentions above, that’s pitiful).

    Beyind that there’;s way too much spin (again. mentioned several times above) which makes me not trust them.

    My personal suspicion is that they’re hoping to do what LastFM did and sell without ANY solid revenue stream but for a list of email addresses (basically why CBS bought LastFM).

    However if anyone were to buy they couldn’t be purchasing a list of active users. I trued to use CK but found it waaay to clunky. Docs take ages to upload, and you therefore end up frustrated and can’t get any real value out of it. I gave up! I don’t therefore think they will be as lucky as LastFM and therefore think their investors are making a big mistake.

    This one’s a sinker. Wait and watch…

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