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Live Gigging Scene Booming In Liverpool According To Data Showing Gigs Increased 46% Since January

New Data Released Recently Shows Live Music Gigs Have Increased By 46% Since The Start Of The Year Show That The City Is Enjoying A Booming Gigging Scene

Me and Deboe (Pictured) are a Liverpool-based rock, alternative and folk duo that are involoved in the live gigging scene which has been booming in the City according to data showing gigs increased 46% since the start of the year (Credit: Supplied By Publicist).
Me and Deboe (Pictured) are a Liverpool-based rock, alternative and folk duo that are involoved in the live gigging scene which has been booming in the City according to data showing gigs increased 46% since the start of the year (Credit: Supplied By Publicist).

Liverpool’s gigging scene is booming with a 46% increase in weekly performances this year, according to live music marketplace GigPig.


Since January, more than 2200 gigs have been performed in grassroots venues across the city via booking platform GigPig, showcasing the catalytic impact that the live music marketplace is having on artists and venues as GigPig continues its mission to empower musicians to grow and democratise the music industry.


Further analysis of GigPig’s data shows that around a quarter (26%) of live music sets performed in the city are staged between 12 noon and 6pm on Saturdays, making it one of the most popular times in the city for live music. Acts with one lead vocalist/instrumentalist account for 44% of gigs booked in the City - with soul, pop, motown and disco being the four most popular music genres.


GigPig is a live music marketplace providing venues of all sizes with a streamlined way to search, book and manage entertainment in-house, while offering artists a free platform to find, play and get paid for gigs.

Founded in 2022, GigPig is fast becoming the definitive live music platform for venues, artists and UK cities. The platform currently represents more than 3500 artists and 600 venues nationwide.' - Michael Forster, CEO of GigPig.

The popularity of daytime gigs in Liverpool is in contrast to cities including Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Leeds where the most popular time of the week is Saturday night. Famed for nurturing incredible music acts and for being home to thousands of grassroots venues, it is perhaps no surprise that Liverpool has a unique vibe when compared to other UK cities.


Looking at the UK-wide picture, DJs are proving most in demand; with 53% of all gigs nationwide providing a platform for this type of live artist. Solo singers represent 21% and bands account for 9% of gigs booked by venues.


GigPig has signed up hundreds of artists and venues in Liverpool. Venues include PINS, Red Door, Jimmy's and Nord. The majority of artists performing in the city hail from a 20-mile radius, which is helping to nurture and support talent from the Liverpool City Region and surrounding provinces.


The data is being released following the hugely successful Eurovision staging in Liverpool and ahead of the UK’s festival and beer garden season getting underway. Summer is renowned to be one of the busiest times of the year for live music, boosting the hospitality sector and attracting audiences to grassroots venues.


Michael Forster, CEO of GigPig, said: 'Liverpool really is a class act for artists and music lovers. It is a city steeped in live music history and one that continues to tell its own story. We can clearly see from our booking data that Liverpool stands apart from other UK cities, giving countless opportunities for a variety of artists to gig regularly for engaged audiences.'


Michael added: 'Liverpool has the capacity to stage incredible world-leading music events but is also very accomplished at hosting intimate gigs, which gives it an exciting vibe and edge. Long may this continue!'

'While it is our passion, we highly value having a structure to gigging and that’s what GigPig has provided - supporting us to earn a living while doing what we enjoy. It’s such a weight lifted knowing we'll be paid on time and that GigPig will take care of the behind the scenes business on our behalf.' - Musician Sarah Deboe talking about GigPig.

Me and Deboe, a Liverpool-based rock, alternative and folk duo, started giggling professionally in their 20s. They signed up to GigPig last year and have since performed at a variety of new venues across the North West.


Musician Sarah Deboe, said: 'We absolutely love everything about gigging in Liverpool and the North West, there's just nothing quite like stepping out in front of a live audience! The city has an amazing music history and there are fewer music venues now, so GigPig is playing a significant role in helping local musicians perform regularly.'


GigPig is a live music marketplace providing venues of all sizes with a streamlined way to search, book and manage entertainment in-house, while offering artists a free platform to find, play and get paid for gigs.


Founded in 2022, GigPig is fast becoming the definitive live music platform for venues, artists and UK cities. The platform currently represents more than 3500 artists and 600 venues nationwide.


Sarah added: 'While it is our passion, we highly value having a structure to gigging and that’s what GigPig has provided - supporting us to earn a living while doing what we enjoy. It’s such a weight lifted knowing we'll be paid on time and that GigPig will take care of the behind the scenes business on our behalf. The simplicity of accepting gigs that have been found for us, knowing it's only a click away, really has helped us as professional musicians in our everyday work life. It's the best way we've ever booked gigs and we couldn't be happier!'

DJ Ben Anderson (Pictured) works with GigPig in the live gigging scene which has been booming in the City according to data showing gigs increased 46% since the start of the year (Credit: Supplied By Publicist).
DJ Ben Anderson (Pictured) works with GigPig in the live gigging scene which has been booming in the City according to data showing gigs increased 46% since the start of the year (Credit: Supplied By Publicist).

DJ Ben Anderson, also based in Liverpool, gigs at lots of venues around the City and has played at Nord via the GigPig platform.


Ben, said: 'Liverpool is an amazing place to be able to gig and I feel so lucky to be able to make a profession out of doing what I love. Using GigPig means I can pick and choose which gigs I want, or at least give my availability towards it, and I’m looking forward to being able to play at different venues in future which otherwise I wouldn’t get to play.'

'Liverpool is an amazing place to be able to gig and I feel so lucky to be able to make a profession out of doing what I love' - DJ Ben Anderson talking about GigPig.

GigPig, a platform which gives artists free access to find, play and get paid for gigs in venues of all sizes across the UK, rolled out its pilot launch in June 2022. In October, GigPig expanded to ten cities across the UK and it now represents more than 3,500 live music performers. GigPig also works with more than 600 venues nationwide.


Its founders have over 30 years combined experience of the music industry and have recently secured seed funding round to support GigPig’s fast growth. For more information, visit the GigPig website.

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