What’s hot for 2020? Concert tourism. This site will help.

When it comes to concert tours, we have a choice: Wait for the act to come to your city (if that’s even an option) or travel to where you can see the gig. That’s not always practical (the expense, getting the time off), but when things line up, it can be a very rich experience.

My wife, for example, let it be known that she wanted to see U2 if they ever played Singapore. That time is now and by the time you read this, we’ll have seen one of two shows at National Stadium. The other night, I ran into a big group of fans who had flown in from Australia and New Zealand. And I’ve been told that there’s a bunch of people coming in from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Coordinating such a trip can be complicated: securing airfare, finding a hotel, getting tickets. This is where a Swedish startup called GigsGuide comes in.

Fans can search GigsGuide for shows in different cities/countries where you might be travelling for vacation or work. You can search by specific act or by genre. One you enter that, GigsGuide will return show options along with prices for flights and hotel choices. It’s like the Trivago/Expedia for concert tourism.

It’s still early in GigsGuide’s development, but things look promising. Check it out here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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