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How To Enjoy Live Gigs While On The Road Or Without Even Leaving Your Couch!

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“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.

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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?

Gigs.Guide is an active online, social media, and mobile platform that helps people find meaningful and enjoyable activities while on the road, or relaxing at home.

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.

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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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41 Responses

  1. Great article by Raffaella, and an eye opener what the future hides behind the corner. Might be wise for gig.guides to have a look what theta network have to offer with NFT and meta verse opportunities.

    1. Dear Stefan thank you so much for your comment and for the suggestions. I am sure Gigs.Guide will look into the possibility of collaborating with other companies in order to increase their visibility and business. Thank you once again.

  2. Very insightful article, Raffaella. First time I have heard of Gigs.Guide and I found it very interesting indeed. The possibility of booking flights and accommodation sounds very tempting. Made me feel like getting Holiday ready!!!

  3. Thanks Rafaella for a very helpful and great article. I was always looking for something like that when on a trip. I will have a look at the page and thanks again,

    1. Gracias por el comentario Alex! I am really happy to see that the article has landed on the sunny shores of Spain as well 🙂 Vamos vamos!

  4. Thank you very much Rafaella for letting us know about this interesting story related to Gigs. Guide this is very helpful in making it easy for us to plan our entertainment and enjoy our favorite musicals and concerts anywhere in the world

  5. Thanks Raffaella for your insight into the music world. Am sure it would be beneficial to everyone to know the directions to happy nights listening to music!

  6. It was great chatting with you, Raffaella! I love how you captured the essence of what we are trying to do with GigsGuide 🙂
    Looking forward to more tasty cakes and good chats about music and travel!

    1. Dear Francesco you really are the star of the show here. It has been a real pleasure meeting you and getting to know you better. You are a volcano of ideas and I can’t wait to hear more about what will come next. Congratulations once again and thank you for your comment and for sharing the amazing cake with me! To many more cappuccinos!

  7. Great article Raffaella! It’s amazing to learn, about an app that gives you the insights to big gigs and the smaller, local ones at the same time with the flight and accommodation function embedded to make our life easier. What a cultural experience!

  8. Bingo Raffaella!! You discovered my “app of the year” indeed! I never looked for it but thanks to you I now can follow my favorite artists on live streaming – whenever they make it available of course – as nowadays travelling is not so simple anymore. Thank you, great article! Cheers to new discoveries!

  9. Very interesting, evocative and stimulating article! I will certainly follow the advice of this site for my next trip! Thanks for the excellent suggestion! Good music to all!

    1. Dear Filo thank you so much for your comment. I really hope you will enjoy the app as much as you enjoyed reading my piece.

  10. Cou cou Raffaella!
    C’est vraiment intéressant surtout pour qui, comme moi, aime la musique “live”

    Tout mes compliments pour cette nouvelle expérience

  11. Sometimes casual encounters are the best. You meet people you will love for a lifetime. Music works the same way. I really enjoyed this article and thanks for the advice. You’re unique!

  12. A really interesting article. as a music lover, this is just what I was missing. I travel often for work, and thanks to GG, now I can fully enjoy new experiences. thanks Ela for sharing this news with great skill!

    1. Dear Stefano thank you so much for your kind words. I am really happy you found the article useful.

  13. Great article, very Informative piece on Gigs Guide, Gives Great background to the idea, the app and additional features, well written by Raffaella Sciuto

    1. Excellent article , well written and I too am a music lover since a child. This insight has really awakened my senses for music and will definitely use

    2. Dear Rachel thank you so much for your comment. I am really happy you liked the article and also the idea behind the app.

    1. Dear Marco thank you for your kind words. I am really happy you liked the article and the idea behind the app. Take care!

  14. Thank you Raffa for such a detailed and informative article. It certainly connects us with information that is essential to continue enjoying music as we move around the Globe. Kuddos Raffa!

  15. Really a very nice idea. Especially for someone who likes musical entertainment.
    Thank for this information Raffaella.
    Cool article.

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