Sofar Sounds:

When music unites us.


When you ask a volunteer at a Sofar Sounds gig why people should come, the answer is: “It’ s a different experience to any kind of gigs you’ re going to see outside Sofar Sounds. It’ s pretty much three bands, you’ ve never heard of. They’ re always gonna be amazing, you’ re always gonna see different genres tothe music you might normally listen to and in a different environment than you’ re used to. (Joe Lindsay).

Sofar sounds, launched in 2010, promotes itself as a ‘ global network’ of artists, hosts and guests. The gigs, based in 287 cities world wide aim to‘ bring the magic back into live music’ . Gigs are intimate, the line up and venue are undisclosed and many ticket prices follow a‘ pay what you want’ concept.

The first step into participating at Sofar Sounds isto choose the city in which you’ re going to attend a concert. Then, you decide which date you’ re free togo. The only indication you’ regoing to have is the neighbourhood. Once your place is confirmed, on the day of the event, the venue is shared. It makes the whole experience even more exciting. Volunteer, Joe Lindsay putted said “ this week, we’ rein a homeless shelter, last week we were in a brewery. The week before, I was in a chapel. Next week I could bein someone’ s front room.”You are going to bring your own drink, go to the venue with whom ever you want to share this experience with, sit down and discover new music.

You’ re probably wondering how people first heard about this. It’ s easy, either from a friend or just by wandering on the internet. Sofar Sounds has been described through many different ways. For some members of the audience “it’ s like a social network”or“it’ s like a blind date with music” (Alessandro). For some of the performers, such as Max Dunn, he sees itas a ‘ blank canvas’ . The whole concept of the crowd being unaware of the identity of the performer is actually fun. Since it wasn’t his first time performing at a Sofar Sounds gig, he shared his crazy first time story; “It was fantastic. It was quite surreal cause it was in a 3D printing studio. So, 3D printers were printing shit as I was playing.”

Another musician was Daniel Glover. When I asked him if the fact that the public don’ t know who the performer is and if that affects him in anyway, he said: “I don’ t mind, I like it, it’ s good.”Clearly the following up question is: why? That’ s when he told me: “It’ s nice to shock people.”

So, all you have to do is just sit down respect the one rule imposed by the headmaster which isno talking and follow his two suggestions: try and stay for the whole show and, if you like what you hear, support/follow the artist in“a committed community always growing”.