“Music was my first love, and it will be my last,” said John Miles in one of his songs, and these words have ever since inspired people around the world.
Having been forced home by the Covid Pandemic that has affected our world lately, and as one who has always been inspired by music and rhythm, while scrolling through some Instagram posts, I came across a new digital tool that changed my approach to finding and attending live gigs and cultural events.
In front of a delicious slice of cardamom and orange cake, I interviewed Francesco Cetraro, CEO and founder of Gigs.Guide, who channelled his love for music and passion for travel into an innovative digital platform.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how Gigs.Guide came to be.
It all began during one of my many business trips in 2016 when I was a top manager in the web domain industry. Alone, at the bar of my hotel lobby, I realized I was missing out on local festivals and live performances the city I was visiting had to offer. Once at home, I decided to launch a start-up project to promote local events, revive my passion for live music, and support the local scene.
How would you describe Gigs.Guide?
What are the features that differentiate Gigs.Guide from other platforms available online?
With its database of more than 90.000 global events, Gigs.Guide helps users discover upcoming gigs in their area, allowing them to purchase tickets if available. It is also possible to book flights and accommodation at preferred rates when planning a trip around a specific happening, or just use the Livestream feature to enjoy a gig from home.
Tell us more about the Livestream option. Will we be able to enjoy a gig from the comfort of our sofa?
Absolutely! Users can stream their favourite events on the app or webpage, feeding their thirst for live music while at home.
What type of gigs and events are featured on the platform?
Gigs.Guide not only displays well-known artists but also offers a curated selection of emerging bands and performers, otherwise nearly impossible to discover if you are not a local. Very important to us is to promote lesser-known artists and encourage their development outside of their community as well.
Your website indicated that you had many great reviews for your start-up project. Could you share some insights with us?
I am very proud of the reviews we have received, which are key indicators telling me we are heading in the right direction. In addition to Forbes, BBC and Musicradar, we have also been reviewed by many other news sources worldwide.
In a nutshell: Check out this platform, as it is definitively worth visiting and enjoying, and as Francesco would say, “Give gigs a chance.”
Whatever you do, wherever you are, whether you’re in the middle of the world or just chilling on your sofa: Happy music to all!
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