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Is streaming killing the live music scene?

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With the popularity of online music increasing with apps such as Spotify and apple music, live music seems to be suffering in most cities.

York has always been a popular city for live performances and seems to be continuing despite other cities booking less live music.

‘We get booked more in York than any other city, over the last two years we have notices big cities like Leeds and Sheffield not booking smaller bands anymore because they can only get people to come to a big band or tribute acts’ says Ollie Murray, guitarist in Fudge band.

Another band member Craig Tong said ‘online music has definitely made live music less popular. You’d think smaller bands might benefit from this but people don’t want to spend money too see us when they can listen for free online.’

‘We have been trying to book gigs at The Leadmill in Sheffield but they have been turning people away because there’s a lot more bands trying to book there and they tend to book more well known names.’ Craig added.

Ex employee of live music venue Fibbers in York, Jess Ryder also says ‘We did start booking less bands but the turnout was always great.’

‘I don’t see online music affecting the popularity of the shows put on, but less live music is being put on so that the ones that are sell out.’ Jess also said.


Spotify said it doesn’t want to outshine live music, in fact it  wants to promote live music.

They have music events planned across the UK to help promote live music.

The app advertises live music events catered to your playlists and personal taste.

‘They [Spotify] have put on concerts for big names like Cardi B and Dizzee Rascal, it’d be great if they did that for local bands too’ Ollie says.