Can You Gig It? - Jukely reviewed
Jukely, the music and gig going app, described as “Netflix for live music” has now been launched in the UK after its success in the US since last October. Founded by NYC concert promoter Bora Celik, and with financial backing from investors in Spotify and Soundcloud – it had its soft launch in London in June with plans to expand to cities across the UK and mainland Europe in the coming months. We asked Dominic Ross to give it a test drive. What does he think?
So, what does Jukely do? What does it offer? There are two services on offer: Jukely Unlimited (£25 per month) and Unlimited Plus (£45 per month), and offers unlimited access to gigs and venues in the London area. Users can see gig dates 2-3 days in advance, select the pass they want and are added to the show’s guestlist. Unlimited gives users access to one pass per day, whereas with Plus you can either bring a friend or book in for two shows on the same day. Jukely offers a 14 day free trial for the Unlimited service for all new users.
Now that’s the background stuff out of the way, the app is a great concept – it offers a wide range of different types of music from indie to electronic to hip hop. Although it does predominately cater to artists or events that you may not have heard of, you do get also get some better known artists (I just missed out on securing a guestlist spot for The Specials when I signed up). It is also very user friendly, you select to see your shows and you get a list of available gigs. Once you select the show you want, you also receive a text reminder to check in on the day of the gig (to ensure that the guestlists are as up to date as possible) – warning: if you fail to check in, your ability to get your next pass is blocked for 48 hours.
Jukely’s aim is to get people up and out to gigs, to try something new, and to give the opportunity for smaller bands or events to get some recognition. This is something we can all get behind. The price – if you consider gig ticket prices and that you could conceivable go to a gig per day for a month, £25 is a bargain!
Jukely has been pitched as the Netflix of live music – this is true in more ways than one. Cast your minds back to the launch of streaming services such as Netflix and LOVEFiLM (Now Amazon Prime) – although they are now treasure troves of thousands of shows and films (new and old), on release they were pretty sparse. The same can be said for Jukely at this moment in time – perseverance with the service while it establishes will be worthwhile, but at the moment the selection is just not there.
For more information about Jukely, visit their website