With this blog we have reached the milestone of the 1,000th article to be published on GigRadar. So allow me the freedom for a moment of proud reflection. Because, since setting the site up from scratch in August 2016, we’ve covered new bands from all over the world and I’m pleased to say that numbers are only on the rise.
From these 1,000 posts, we’ve accumulated over 95,000 views from more than 67,000 visitors. A little simple maths tells me that’s 95 views and 67 visitors per post – which, from nothing at all, I think isn’t too shabby. During this time we’ve also amassed 877,543 words and around 4,500 social media followers. And the photo featured here is the first that I took to appear on the site, from a Fort Hope gig.
The even better news is the current growth of the site. Views on the site in February were triple that of the same time in 2019 (which, admittedly, looked like it was one of our slow months). That said, our readership figure of 4,100 last month – the third highest monthly total in the site’s history – was more than double that of March 2019. And, this month we’ve already surpassed the viewership numbers of last April.
The site started off in strange style, promoting the fact the Bring Me The Horizon and Enter Shikari were playing a Halloween gig. I don’t remember writing it, or why I wrote it. We then published a few single and video reviews, of which article two was a new track by Coheed & Cambria, as well as articles on Area 11, Chasing Cadence and Jimmy Eat World.
But we soon found our niche through interviews with the likes of Eva Plays Dead, The Fallen State and Fort Hope. And we soon launched our New Band of the Week feature, which is solely for new British bands, of which the first three were Sidelines, War Waves and High Rise.
Over the last three years we’ve featured 156 British bands as our New Band of the Week. On top of that, we’ve interviewed 449 in our Introducing feature, which largely covers bands from all over the world, and 218 in our Discover This feature. And in recent months we’ve launched our new podcast GigRadio, which is seeing a steady increase in listeners.
We’ve interviewed great new British bands like As Everything Unfolds, BERRIES, Breather, Chapter and Verse, Defences, Divide, Lightscape, SEASONS, Wars, War Waves and Yashin. We’ve reviewed around 50 gigs, including 2000 Trees and Camden Rocks, as well as seeing bands like Acres, City of Ashes, Last Hounds, Massmatiks, Parting Gift, Pagan, Phoxjaw, SHVPES and Sumo Cyco.
But one of the things I’ve loved most about running this site is meeting and writing about bands from all over the world. I’ve been through our 1,000 posts in a bid to try and work out how many countries we’ve spoken to bands from. I make it 40…
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United States
This, as you can see from the image below, covers most of Europe, North America and Oceania, parts of Asia, a couple of South American and African countries.
I’m excited to keep things going, meet more great new British bands, and discover more from the countries we’ve already covered and tick some new countries off the list.
Thank you to anyone who’s taken the time to read the blog, followed us on social media and listened to the podcast. A big thank you to all the bands we’ve spoken to, interviewed and reviewed the music of in our 1,000 articles on GigRadar. And a massive thank you to all of the music PR teams, record labels and music publicists that have helped us to discover the bands we’ve featured.
And… you can listen to ALL of the music we’ve featured on the site via our Spotify playlists…
GigRadar: A master playlist of more than 2,300 featuring the vast majority of the bands we’ve ever featured
GigRadar Metal: 768 tracks of the best new metal music we’ve covered
GigRadar Rock: 1,009 songs from all the rock bands we’ve spoken to
GigRadar Punk: 289 songs from all the best new punk we’ve covered