Book a band, DJ or solo artist without paying any commissions on You have direct contact with the artists you like.

Find live music


View, listen and compare artists by genre or occasion.

Book live music


Send a message and check an artist's availability. If there's a match, you can book the artist.

Party with live music


Party without worries. Payment is dealt with between you and the artist directly.

On you find the right bands, DJs and solo artists for your event. Booking an artist, or being booked as an artist, is free of charge. Gigstarter doesn't act as an intermediary, but runs a platform that facilitates live music bookings. Our system is designed to help prevent miscommunication.

Finding and booking a nice band, DJ or singer through Gigstarter is easy and fun and because we don't charge commissions, it also is affordable! We work to create a transparent market for live music. It works as follows:

1. Find Bands, DJs & Solo artists

From the Gigstarter homepage you can start your search for the perfect artist for your event.

Use your personal criteria to filter bands, ensembles, solo artists and DJs from the UK and abroad. Each artist you find on Gigstarter has a full profile, including music demo's and at least one live music video. You'll also see an artist's price indication, so that you can determine if the artist is within reach of your budget.

2. Book without a hassle

When you are convinced you've found the right artist, you can use the contact form on the artist's profile to send a message. Use the form to check the artist's availability, and ask any questions you might have. Contacting an artist is entirely free of charge and doesn't come with any obligations.

When you use the contact form on the artist's profile, your message will be sent directly to the artist or his/her manager. We believe that this personal contact is important in order to operate efficiently and effectively. We want to stop the age of unnecessary intermediaries.

How to come to clear agreements? When you've started a conversation, and the artist is available, you have the opportunity to book the artist. Tell the artist that you definitely want to book them. The artist will send out a confirmation through Gigstarter. In the confirmation, all the important information that surrounds the booking is summarised. This includes information like location, price, payment method, who is responsible for bringing what equipment, etc. After a booker receives an artist's confirmation, the booker has to check all the details. When all the details are OK, the booker has to accept the confirmation. At this point the booking is definitive.

3. Live music at your party

Great, the music is arranged! By booking artists through Gigstarter, you have all agreements written down, so there's little to no room for miscommunication. You can party without worries.

After the performance, you can leave a review. Future bookers attach great value to your experience and opinion.

Want to be booked as an artist?

Gigstarter is a free to use booking system. Musicians can use Gigstarter both to get more bookings, or to manage their existing bookings. Our platform ensures that many potential bookers will view your profile, which will hopefully lead to interesting inquiries coming your way.

Artists should focus on performing. Our tools aim to reduce the time spent on all the stuff that isn't directly related to making music. Are you an artist and do you want to perform more? Don't wait any longer: read more.