Gigstarter Artist of the Year is an annual competition since 2014. People can subscribe for the competition from 13th September until the 30th September 2018. After that period a jury makes a shortlist out of all the artists that entered the contest. The final shortlist will be announced at October 16, 2018. From that moment on fans and followers can submit their votes on the artists on the shortlist. On the Gigstarter profile page of the artist, fans can submit their votes. The top 3 live acts with most of the votes will be invited to play a live gig during the Artist of the Year final on December 8th, 2018. This year’s final will be held at Sugar Factory, Amsterdam.
The three artists that win the online voting competition get to perform during the final. After the three live performances, the expert jury will decide which act will become Gigstarter Artist of the Year 2018. In addition to a jury-prize, Gigstarter will be giving away a prize to the performance that wins the audience’s popular vote. Furthermore, the DJ of the Year will be entertaining the crowd with its music.
Every artist who has a public profile on Gigstarter and who can perform original compositions for at least 40 minutes, can participate at the competition. Competing artist-formations can range from live solo-artists to full bands and are only allowed to play one cover song during the final. For DJs a parallel, yet separate competition is organised, which allows the winning DJ to perform during the event at the Sugar Factory, Amsterdam. Artists of the Year finalists from previous years are excluded from the competition.
With only one push on the button you can participate in the Gigstarter Artist of the Year 2018 competition. To compete, login, go to your artist dashboard and click the "Participate" button, registrations closes on September 30, 2018. On October 16, 2018, the jury will announce the shortlist and fans and followers can start voting on their favorite band. A ‘vote’ button will be showed temporarily on your Gigstarter Artist profile. Make sure to ask all your fans to vote for you through social media by sharing the link to your profile after you are part of the shortlist!
The jury full of experts from the music industry depends their choice for the shortlist on the musical quality of the artists and the quality of the Gigstarter profile. The shortlist can contain artists with different musical background and/or genres. Take a look at the shortlist and vote for your favorite act!
The winner, chosen by the expert jury, holds the title of Gigstarter Artist of the Year 2018 and will not leave empty handed. The competition gives artist great exposure and a unique opportunity to perform at a high-end international venue.
There is a special competition for the DJs on Gigstarter. Every DJ who has a public profile on Gigstarter can participate in the competition. The DJ should be able to perform for at least one hour and is free in its selection of music. The DJ with most votes can perform during and after the final.
You can vote for your favorite artists, from October 16, through a link on the profile of competing artists. You will need to login with Facebook to identify yourself (this way we know that every user is unique and helps us detect fraud). We will only use your voters' email addresses to send a single invitation for the Artist of the Year final.
Everyone can vote from October 16, 2018 until November 6, 2018. At that point, the top 3 most popular artists and the winning DJ will be determined.
You can vote only one time on a particular artist, but on as many different artists as you’d like! If we suspect any form of fraud, we have the right to remove those votes.
For sure! The exciting final of the Gigstarter Artist of the Year competition will take place on December 8th at the Sugar Factory, Amsterdam. More information is coming soon!
Gigstarter cannot provide travel or accommodation expenses of any kind for finalist.
After 3 amazing performances during the final Artist of the Year 2017. The talented band Dean and the Moonboys went home with the title Gigstarter Artist of the Year 2017, as well as several nice prizes! DJ Mike Gerritsen won the title DJ of the Year 2017 and played a set during the final.
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The kind of solo artists we offer goes from singers to soloists. What they have in common is that they give an entire show all by themselves. One because they are a born entertainer and the other because they play their musical instrument flawlessly. Booking an entire band normally requires a relatively high budget. When this is not available, booking a solo artist might be the solution since they are cheaper in general.Read more...
A lot of solo artists that sing and simultaneously play an instrument can be booked through our platform. Mostly these musicians write their own songs; this way their shows are perfect for living room concerts and bar performances. Irish pubs love to lend their stage to solo artists. Some shows have a higher pop value and are therefore suitable for venues that want to host new talent. These solo artists can sometimes be booked with a supporting band; if this is the case they will indicate so on their profiles.
Artists that focus purely on singing are also found on Gigstarter. These solo artists mostly sing folk music and are accompanied by a recording. One of the benefits of such solo artists is that they involve the crowd with their sing-alongs. But not all singers restrain themselves to this genre as some musicians are specialised in opera. These can be booked for occasions like masses and funerals. When an artist is accompanied by a recording it is important to look at which kind of recordings during the booking process. When there are no facilities at the location you can book a solo artist with a PA (sound system). Remember to discuss this during the booking process.
A solo artist that plays one instrument can be interesting to book for special occasions such as a funeral or a wedding ceremony. Think about a classic guitarist, a piano player, or a violinist. Some of these solo artists are also bookable as a support for another act. For example, DJ's sometimes work with percussion players, and also the DJ + saxophone combination is very popular. When you want to book a DJ + live combination, it is important to discuss this with the DJ in advance, because this fusion of DJ and live music doesn't work with all DJs and all music genres.