Direct gig booking platform Sidestage has expanded from its base in Berlin to add London. This simple interface designed to facilitate finding a band or DJ for a private gig or wedding. At launch, the London site offers 75+ artists ranging from €120 to more than €15,000.
To date the startup has raised $100,000.
Sidestage founder and CEO Schuyler Deerman, an American who moved to Berlin eight years ago, says that unlike US competitor Gigit, artists with record deals, agents or managers are not his primary target. "In ten years, we’d love for headliners to say, ‘We started out on Sidestage,’” Deerman told Silicon Allee.
To avoid direct liability, Sidestage does not contract the engagement, but rather acts only as a payment agent; collecting funds and charging credit card fees plus a small percentage of the transaction.