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Bandsintown acquires Hypebot

By | Published on Monday 25 March 2019

Tour listings and gig recommendation service Bandsintown has acquired music industry blog Hypebot and its MusicThinkTank spin-off. Both blogs will continue to be run by editor Bruce Houghton. He will also join Bandsintown as an advisor, with a view to getting more independent artists using the platform.

“Hypebot was created as a guide to understanding the new music industry – not just labels and tech companies; but more importantly, the artists and music that give it life”, says Houghton. “Working with a successful artist-centric team like Bandsintown will give Hypebot the resources to expand on our mutual mission of empowering artists”.

He adds: “I look forward to contributing to Bandsintown’s ongoing effort to help more artists and managers build a successful and sustainable career in music, with live music at its centre”.

Bandsintown’s Fabrice Sergent says of the deal: “We believe indie and emerging artists are a transformative and a vibrant component of the music industry. We share the same passion for independent and DIY artists. By welcoming Bruce and Hypebot into the Bandsintown family, we enhance the breadth of our support to the artists and further contribute to artists’ career growth and success”.

Houghton has been running Hypebot since 2004. He is also president of booking agency Skyline Artists Agency.