The latest music industry news from GigPig, across the UK and beyond.

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GigPig teams up with Uber to provide its artists with safe transport home

Manchester pilot will give artists 50% off Uber rides after late night gigs

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The Best Sun-Trapped Alfresco Venues - Cardiff

Cardiff has a spectacular and vibrant drinking scene, whether it’s award-winning cocktails or the very best of locally brewed beer in their lively pubs, Cardiff’s venues can expertly tailor to your needs.

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Holograms, zorbing and fire breathing phoenixes - these are the performances that hit the hardest.

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Gig Review: Coldplay at the Etihad Stadium

Legendary soft-rock group Coldplay proved why tickets to their show are like gold dust as they produced a spectacular performance where the whole of the Etihad Stadium was united by their beautiful music.

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Biggest News Stories Of The Festival Bank Holiday

The festival season is in full flow after a stellar bank holiday saw some of the biggest festivals in the UK bring some of the biggest stories in the music industry.

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GigPig's Guide to Vibrant Multi-Venue Quarters: Liverpool

Liverpool champions independent businesses bursting with activity, and is home to an unrivalled nightlife scene.

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Over the last four decades, there isn’t much that Dave Haslam hasn’t experienced when it comes to DJ’ing.

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Live music booming in Birmingham

The number of live gigs in Birmingham has soared 183% this year alone - with instrumentalists/vocalists and DJs proving most popular in bars, clubs and restaurants - according to data revealed by live music marketplace GigPig.

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Live music soars as Pop, Rock and Indie top the charts in Newcastle

The number of live gigs in Newcastle and the North East has soared 68% this year alone - with Pop, Rock and Indie proving most popular in bars, clubs and restaurants - according to data revealed by live music marketplace GigPig.

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UK’s largest nightlife app partners with live music marketplace to support local venues

The team at DUSK, the free drinks app, have partnered with newcomer GigPig, a live music marketplace, connecting customers, local venues and independent artists in an effort to support the hospitality industry.

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The Best Sun-Trapped Alfresco Venues: Glasgow

Summer is on the horizon! The nights are lighter and the days hotter, and this is your guide to do what we do best, beer garden and bev in hand when the sun is beating down.

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The 2023 festival line ups we're most looking forward to

It’s the same thing every year. Festivals across the world drop their line-ups onto social media and everyone promptly loses their minds.

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GigPig's Guide to Vibrant Multi-Venue Quarters: Birmingham

Birmingham is a multi-cultural melting pot as it boasts some of the most diverse independent businesses in the UK.

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Generator’s Music Futures Social: Powered by GigPig

GigPig will be powering the Music Futures Social, the closing social event which is celebrating Generator’s Music Future Summit.

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New government laws will protect tips for millions of hospitality workers

The new government Tipping law has received Royal Assent, which will see millions of UK hospitality workers benefit from more tips.

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Off the record: Record Store Day

From exclusive pressings to lost rarities, Record Store Day 2023 has something for every vinyl aficionado.

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Off the record: York

York’s record store scene is done with passion and expertise from record vendors across the city.

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Nordoff & Robbins Launch Northern Music Awards

Artists, festivals, venues and industry figures from across the North of England are to be honoured at a ceremony celebrating all things Northern music later this year.

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GigPig boosts artists’ earnings by £1.5m since launch

Live musicplace platform catalyst for staging more than 6,000 new gigs.

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Ed Sheeran

New survey revealed 80s music is Britain's favourite music genre

Data released from YouGov has outlined that half of Britons say that 80s music is their favourite genre.

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Liverpool is to be United By Music!

The vibrant streets of Liverpool will have an estimated 100,000 tourists flocking to Merseyside due to the highly anticipated Eurovision Song Contest.

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Off the record: Birmingham

Birmingham has one of the largest and most culturally diverse music scenes in the country. It has pioneered reggae music, is home to heavy metal and now excels in techno music.

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The festival dream for emerging artists

For unassigned and emerging musicians, appearing on the bill of a festival to later play their stages has always been a dream to tick off the bucket list and put them on a path to achieving major things as an artist.

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Nell's Hot Take

One of Manchester’s most-loved NYC pizza bars, Nell’s, will be launching an incredible new Saturday Event.

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Off the record: Glasgow

Glasgow boasts one of the most iconic live music scenes, as it holds some legendary venues across the country.

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Qube East

Qube East opens in Canary Wharf!

A brand new development featuring 24 high-end studios and a private bar.

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Northern Guitars

GigPig's Guide to Indie Venues: Leeds

Given that Leeds was a major city without a major arena until relatively recently, it has long been a hub of top class independent venues.

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GigPig's Guide to Pre-Gig Boozers: Newcastle

Sir Bobby Robson, Ant & Dec, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Stotties, Brown Ale, Cheryl and, most recently, Sam Fender. Newcastle has gifted the world a whole lot.

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The Resilience of the Hospitality Sector

As highlighted in new research, despite the recent rise in inflation.

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So Let’s Talk About Hospitality and Mental Health

Mental health and wellness has come into sharp focus within the hospitality industry over the last few years.

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GigPig's Guide to Pre-Gig Boozers: Glasgow

If there’s a city that knows how to do a night on the tiles, it’s Glasgow.

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Off the record: Oxford

Oxford’s music scene is as exciting as ever, with artists such as Foals, Supergrass, Radiohead and Glass Animals rising through their ranks.

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Survey finds 80% of female artists have experienced gender bias when gigging

A new survey from GigPig on International Women's Day has outlined that eight in ten artists have suffered gender inequality when performing live.

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How commission on merchandise is stifling gigging musicians

The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) has urged venues not to charge commissions on artists as it attacks the touring ecosystem

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PMT x GigPig

PMT and GigPig join forces for the musicians of the future

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Off the record: Newcastle

Newcastle is constantly putting forward the argument to the rest of the country that they have the best collection of record shops and it is clear to see why.

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David Guetta

Does AI have a place in the modern music industry?

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to be powerful enough to spearhead the future of the music industry. At least that’s what David Guetta believes.

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Tribe Records

Off the record: Leeds

Leeds’ link to music is immense, especially as it hosts one of the country's biggest and most well renowned festivals, so it is only right that they have an equally immense selection of record shops.

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GigPig's Guide to Indie Venues: Liverpool

There are not many cities around the world, let alone within the UK, that have contributed as much to music as Liverpool has. And we’re not only talking about John, Paul, George and Ringo, either.

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Off the record: Bristol

Here we go, Bristol. The birthplace of Massive Attack, Portishead and Roni Size has an absolute abundance of vinyl stores strewn throughout the city to take your fancy. Each boasts its own unique stories and stocks an eclectic selection of LPs to endlessly thumb through. You really are spoilt for choice, here.

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Elina Sazonova

The Art of Busking

The streets are their stage and the shoppers are their audience, busking is the key to amplifying any bustling city centre and the perfect opportunity to develop the careers of talented musicians.

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GigPig's Guide to Pre-Gig Boozers: Leeds

Like all great cities, Leeds is replete with seminal boozers, historic pubs and fresh faced bars choc full of indie craft efforts.

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Gigpig's Guide to Post-Gig Eats: Liverpool

Being that Liverpool gifted the world arguably the most important culinary phenomenon in history; Salt & Pepper chips, it's safe to assume that when it comes to late night eats, the options are pretty spectacular…

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New music conference and festival announces first edition

Beyond The Music, a new global music conference and festival, announces its first edition to take place in Manchester, running 11-14 October 2023.

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GigPig announces exciting new partnership with Qube

GigPig will always have artists at the heart of everything we do. And it is with this musicians first policy in mind that we are delighted to announce our new partnership with Qube.

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GigPig's Guide to Indie Venues: Birmingham

The Second City has never played second fiddle to anywhere else when it comes to music. Its history is as rich as it is diverse, from Black Sabbath to Dexys Midnight Runners to UB40 to The Streets to Fine Young Cannibals to Laura Mvula.

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Shipping Forecast

GigPig's Guide to Pre-Gig Boozers

God bless Liverpool. Imagine gifting the world The Beatles and then deciding that wasn’t enough. You then make sure that a selection of the finest boozers in the country is available to your locals and anyone lucky enough to step foot inside your wondrous city.

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Gorilla Manchester

GigPig's Guide to Indie Venues: Manchester

The top pick of indie music venues across Manchester, featuring the likes of Night & Day, Gorilla and YES.

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Radio 1's Vick Hope and Jack Saunders presenting brit awards 2023

Brit Awards Progress One Step Forward but Regress Back to the Dark Ages.

When it was announced in 2021 that the Brit Awards were doing away with gendered categories, it felt like a long overdue sign of progression from the British music industry.

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The reality of the cost-of-living crisis’ impact on the music industry.

The ongoing cost-of-living crisis has had significant consequences on the music industry. Soaring prices are now affecting artists' mental health.

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Reform Radio - Broadcasting the best of Manchester to the world.

Reform is so much more than merely a radio station. They are an arts organisation, they are a creative hub, bursting at the seams with raw, hungry, young talent.

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GigPig and neon tiger tag team for live reform radio show

Tickets are free and we heavily recommend that you book on for one of the last big nights of 2022.

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Intro to GigPig

Live music is the heart and soul of the United Kingdom.

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