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Sofar Sounds: A Complete Review

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Sofar Sounds

Sofar Sounds is a global music events company that was founded in 2010 in London. The founders were Rafe Offer, Rocky Start, and Dave Alexander. The idea behind Sofar was to create intimate, secret gigs in unique spaces. And the aim of bringing artists and music lovers closer together. 

Sofar Sounds events take place in unconventional and often secret locations, such as living rooms, rooftops, and warehouses. The aim is to provide a more personal and immersive experience for attendees.

Sofar Sounds is unique in that it curates a diverse range of artists from different genres and backgrounds. There is a focus on emerging and independent talent. The company has hosted over 20,000 shows in more than 400 cities worldwide. They now have a community of over a million people attending their events.

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Sofar Sounds has been praised for its innovative approach to live music events. As it provides a platform for artists to showcase their talents in a more intimate and supportive environment. 

The company also focuses on creating a more inclusive and diverse music industry. They have a commitment to promoting gender and racial equality. In addition to its live events, Sofar Sounds also offers a range of digital content. This includes live sessions, interviews, and podcasts, which are available on its website and social media channels.

Overall, Sofar Sounds has established itself as a leading force in the live music industry, with a unique and innovative approach that has resonated with music fans and artists alike.

You can find out more on their website here

How Does It Work?

To book tickets with Sofar Sounds, you need to visit their website, select your city, and apply for a ticket to a specific show. If selected, you will receive an email with the location of the show and instructions on how to purchase your ticket. 

The exact location of the show is not revealed until a few days before the event to keep it a secret.

Sofar transforms everyday spaces into intimate venues for secret live music performances featuring three diverse acts, with no headliner, creating an immersive experience that brings guests and artists closer together.

Sofar For Artists

This is a platform that organizes intimate live music events in unique venues for a small audience. The artists are selected by Sofar Sounds and are paid a small performance fee. The value for the artists lies in the exposure and networking opportunities provided by the platform. 

However, it has been said that there has been some controversy over the compensation and treatment of artists by Sofar Sounds. There have been some criticisms and concerns raised by artists and industry professionals about the company’s payment policies and transparency.


Sofar Partnerships

Sofar Sounds has partnerships with various companies and organizations, including Airbnb, Uber, and Amnesty International, to host intimate live music events in unique locations around the world. They also collaborate with artists, labels, and music industry professionals to showcase emerging talent and support the independent music community.

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Sofar Sounds Gigs

Surely we just want to listen to some of the artists involved in these amazing gigs, so this is exactly what we are doing today. Here are some links to what you can hope to expect if you do go to one of their gigs in the future. Enjoy! 

The Best Of Sofar Sounds

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IZETA – LIVE | Sofar Granada – This event premieres tomorrow, 8th of June 5pm. 

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Aasha Sriram – You Say You’re Not Sorry | Sofar Chennai

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Moonly – Moon & Sun | Sofar Prato

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How Long Are Sofar Sounds Concerts?

The length of Sofar Sounds concerts varies, but they typically last between 60 to 90 minutes.

How Many Artists Are At Each Concert? 

The number of artists at each concert can vary depending on the event and the organizer’s decision. There is no fixed number. However, each time I have been, there are usually three musicians. These can vary in style, ranging from a purely vocal performance with one instrument, or a whole band with various musical instruments. You could say it is eclectic in style at times, but that is its draw. 

Sofar Sounds NYC

The branch of Sofar Sounds NYC brings together music lovers and emerging artists for unforgettable, stripped-down performances in unexpected settings throughout New York City.

Famous Artists Who Have Performed At Sofar Sounds

UK and Irish acts who have performed at Sofar shows include; James Bay, Hozier, Emeli Sandé, Will Young, Tom Odell, Shura, Benjamin Clementine, actor Robert Pattinson, Wolf Alice, Bastille, and Lianne La Havas. Others include; Jack Harlow, Nai Palm, Andra Day, Noah Cyrus, X Ambassadors, Anderson East, YEBBA, Leon Bridges, Tank and the Bangas, Billie Eilish and Moses Sumney.

How amazing is that, that people who are quite well known in the industry now played for people like you reading this back in the day. Maybe someone reading this article can be known around the world. One gig – and hard work of course – might be just what it takes. Exposure amongst a musical community, one that is trusted, is key to finding your voice in the music industry. 

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You can check out more about previous artists on this link

How Does Sofar Sounds Make Money?

Sofar Sounds makes money through ticket sales for their secret, intimate concerts and by partnering with brands for sponsorships and collaborations.

Sofar Sounds Reviews 

According to employee reviews on Glassdoor, Sofar Sounds is generally described as a positive and collaborative work environment with a strong sense of community and mission-driven culture.

“Sofar Sounds is reimagining the live event experience through curated, intimate performances in hundreds of cities around the world” Sofar Sounds Team

“Fantastic venue, people, music and experience!

I attended a gig in London, Hackney with one of my best friends and it was a lot of fun!

BYOB and some people even brought some food which made us feel like we were in a friend’s place while listening to some talented artists. Fully recommend it, such a beautiful, cosy atmosphere for these small gigs, made some friends during the event too!” Event Attendee 

First of all, the Sofar Sounds team is just lovely. Greeting everyone and making sure everyone is happy. It was the first gig after lockdown for many of us and they definitely made sure it was special.

Generally left with a very wholesome night behind me! Event Attendee

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Conclusion – Sofar Sounds

There you have it, a full review of the exceptional company that is Sofar Sounds. Has this made you want to book a ticket to their next gig yet? Do you feel inspired? 

Sofar shows are special because they offer an intimate and unique live music experience in unconventional venues, such as living rooms and rooftops. The focus is on the music and creating a community of music lovers who appreciate the artistry of the performers. The lineup is kept secret until the day of the show, adding an element of surprise and excitement for attendees.

Having been to a few myself, I can’t recommend them enough. One thing I really value is that you are there purely for the music, and they advise you to not use your phone and really take everything in. 


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