A lot of people swear by streaming services like Spotify for music discovery, but for me it’s live music. It may be in part because I’ve got a couple of medium-sized venues within walking distance, but when venturing outside my musical comfort zone I’m more likely to go to a gig than anything else.
In the past year I’ve seen New Model Army, Public Image Limited, Lazuli, Peter Knight’s Gigspanner and The Session having heard little or none of their music beforehand. They’ve all been great gigs, all bands I would definitely see again, and in most cases I’ve followed up by buying some of their records.
It’s also an argument in favour of well-chosen support acts and well-curated festivals.
How about you? Do you like to discover new bands and new genres through experiencing them live? Or do you prefer to be familiar with the music first before seeing it performed on stage?