Sofar Sounds ticket costs vary depending on the region, and which type of city it is. We currently have two different pricing structures:
Ticketed cities: Ticket prices vary by city and day of the week to create as much value for guests as possible. All ticket costs are per person, and are inclusive of taxes and fees.
Pass-the-hat cities: In the majority of our cities, where shows only happen once or twice per month, audiences do not pay beforehand, but are encouraged to make a cash contribution at the show, that only goes towards paying the artists and show costs.
We launched the Sofar Sounds app as a way to make it easier for Sofar fans to search for and attend a show. The mobile app currently allows guests to skip the application process and buy tickets straight-away, making it possible for people to attend a Sofar directly of their choice, especially when traveling. You can find our app in the Apple and Google Play stores, and it's currently available for download in the U.S., UK and Norway.
All ticket sales are final, so please check the date, time and location before purchasing to make sure you can attend the event. If an event is canceled or its location changes within 24 hours of the event, tickets can be refunded or transferred to another event in the same city.
If you’re unable to attend the event, please contact us right away for instructions on how to give your ticket(s) to a friend. We're also happy to transfer your tickets to another show, as long as all of these requirements are met:
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Sofar promo codes are a way for guests to get into ticketed shows more easily. They offer either a guaranteed entry, priority access tickets or occasionally, free spaces. Promo codes are usually given via our partners or through your Sofar city. Keep your eye out for competitions or promotions to land yours!
Yes, all artists are paid for playing ticketed Sofar Sound shows. Artists are paid equally and receive a minimum flat rate depending on which country they are performing in. In 2020, we introduced a tiered compensation scheme to pay artists more for our larger shows. When we make more, we want artists to make more.
Artist compensation varies depending on what Sofar model a city operates. See the "How much are Sofar artists paid?" section for more details.
Artist compensation varies depending on the kind of city it is. There are currently two types: cities where tickets are sold and independent cities that are “pay-what-you-want.”
In ticketed cities, each act is guaranteed a minimum flat rate: $100 in US cities, £75 in the UK, CA$100 in Canada and 100€ in Spain. In the US, UK and Canada, we pay more based on the number of tickets sold at each show. More details on this here.
The other 350+ cities operate independently, and instead of selling tickets, organizers "pass the hat" to collect money for show expenses and artists, with $0 going back to Sofar. If you are an artist, please discuss any specifics with your local booking team prior to scheduling your show.
If you’re interested in performing, we’d love to hear from you! You can submit your application here, which will go directly to the local team in the cities you’ve requested. They'll get in touch to book your Sofar show if it’s a good fit and there’s availability.
Local Sofar teams want to make sure that every performer who submits their work gets a fair listen, so it can sometimes take a little while to hear back. Any updates will be sent to you via email, and you should expect to hear from us within a few weeks if we’re able to schedule a show. Keep in mind that some Sofar cities only host occasional shows, so availability may be limited.
If you don’t hear back, don’t be discouraged! There are a number of logistical reasons why a show might not work at this time. We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to apply. You’re welcome (and encouraged) to apply again in the future when you have new material to share.
Applications are reviewed by local city teams. The most important part of the application is the live video — as most events are unplugged, an acoustic or stripped-back performance video helps those local teams envision how your set will work in our unique venues.
Definitely not! We want each Sofar show lineup to feature performers that vary in genre and sound. Some of our favorite Sofar performances have been spoken word, poetry, comedy and even dance. We consider any and all applicable performance styles.
Sofar show locations are best suited for intimate, unplugged events, so there will most likely be no PA, mics or sound engineer. Some cities may be able to provide a small PA for vocals — please check with your local team during booking so that you can plan your set to work best with the venue setup.
We’ll send you a few emails in advance of your show with all of the details you’ll need, including location, load-in times and sound setup. As a reminder, most shows do not provide a PA, mics or a sound engineer, so please keep that in mind when planning your set. Your local city team will be happy to answer any additional questions you might have ahead of the show date.
Sofar has filmed thousands of performances around the world, many of which live on our YouTube channel. Availability in each city will vary, and while we’re not able to set up filmed shows by request, feel free to discuss availability with the local city team when booking your show.
After your Sofar performance is filmed, our editors will edit the raw footage and make it shine. Once you’ve approved the final version, we’ll post it on our YouTube channel and give you the link to share with your fans, embed on your website or use to apply for festivals, competitions or other opportunities.
If you have any specific questions about your filmed performance or have any issues, let us know.
Totally! Many Sofar cities book alumni to play additional shows. If you’re interested in performing with Sofar again, please reach out to your local city team.
Whether filling in a Monday night on the road or doing a tour of Sofar dates, our shows can be a great way to break into new markets and expand your reach. Sofar operates in over 400 cities around the globe, across 60 countries — a huge opportunity for you to share your talent.
If you’re interested in performing in new locations, submit an application with the dates you’ll be on the road and cities you’re looking for. If there’s availability and it’s a good fit, the local teams will reach out to set something up.
Absolutely! You keep 100% of what you make. Sofar Crew (our event staff) and ambassadors can help you set up. Make sure to let the MC know what you want them to mention when they introduce you.
We’ll share the address in either the confirmation or advance email sent to you a few weeks before your Sofar show. We’ll make sure you have plenty of notice.
For each Sofar show, we create a custom competition page for you to give away two tickets to one of your lucky fans. We’ll include the link in your advance email a few weeks before your show so that you can share it on socials or send it out to your email list. Two days before the event, we’ll automatically pick a winner and let them know all the details via email.
We’ll email you within 48 hours of your performance to confirm your payment information. We process payments through TransferWise, and your payment will be issued within 14 business days.
If you need to cancel your upcoming Sofar show, we ask that you give us at least two weeks notice so that we have time to book a replacement.
Sofar Sounds is a global community creating space where music matters. Through curating intimate performances in unique locations, Sofar creates lasting connections between artists and fans.
Founded in London in 2009, Sofar brings guests and artists together in unique locations, without distractions, pretense or crowds. Sofar transforms everyday spaces — from living rooms and rooftops to boutiques and museums — into captivating venues for secret, live shows, creating inclusive experiences that bring people closer together. Sofar invites guests to discover new artists, places, people, neighborhoods and cities, whether at home or abroad, in over 400 cities around the world.
In 2009, Founder Rafe Offer invited some friends over to a London flat for a low-key, intimate gig. Eight people gathered in their living room to listen to live music performed by friend and musician Dave Alexander. Quickly, what started as a hobby in London spread into a global community.
A Sofar will typically feature three acts, with no opener or headliner. Each lineup is hand-selected with diverse genres, so we can give all the artists equal attention. We request that guests arrive on time for the first act and stay through the entirety of the show. Most Sofars are BYOB, and during the sets, we ask guests to refrain from talking or texting.
Sofar Sounds is a mission-driven, for-profit business. Currently, Sofar does not make a profit, and we are backed by a group of wonderful and supportive investors who believe in our goal of connecting people through intimate, live events. We are working toward our goal of financial sustainability, which will allow us to continue to put on more Sofars and support artists around the world.
Sofar Sounds has a few dozen cities that operate in a full-time capacity across the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Spain. These cities put on multiple shows every month — sometimes one every single night! — and have full-time, paid staff who work hard to bring more Sofars to their audiences.
The majority of our Sofar cities around the world, however, are run by amazing Curators, volunteers and ambassadors who put on between one to four Sofar shows per month.
Once you’ve created a profile on our website or mobile app, you can apply to attend a show in the city of your choice. If purchasing through our mobile app, you can buy your tickets directly. Once you’ve applied to attend an upcoming Sofar, your name will be entered into a draw, from which our local teams will select their guests. Our team works hard to make sure everyone who applies has the chance to attend a Sofar, so if you’re not chosen, please apply again! Visit How it Works to learn more.
We love friends! In cities where we require a payment before confirming tickets, you can pay for up to 10 spaces depending on the maximum allowed for that Sofar. In all other cities, you can add a +1 to your application at any time, up until confirming your space. See Tickets at Sofar for details.
If selected, you have a limited amount of time to confirm your space. Capacity varies by venue, so be quick! In a ticketed city, your email invitation will prompt you to buy your tickets (up to 10 tickets can be purchased) to secure your space. See above for more information on Tickets at Sofar.
Many of our venues are people’s private homes. To ensure the privacy of our hosts, we keep the locations secret to everyone but our guests. Confirmed guests will receive an email with the location at least 36 hours prior to the show.
And the lineups? We believe that all artists should be treated with equal respect. You may not recognize their name, but you’ll definitely recognize their talent when you see them perform! Because of this, we keep our lineups secret until the show begins. Our teams hand-pick only the best in up-and-coming music, so come with an open mind and excitement to discover your new favorite artists!
Most Sofar events are BYOB, and it is likely that alcohol be present. We take underage drinking very seriously, and anyone encouraging or partaking will be asked to leave.
Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and tickets are required for anyone 2 years or older. We can't guarantee the night’s content will be child-friendly. Please check with your local city team before finalizing spaces at the event.
Please make sure to mark emails from Sofar Sounds so they don’t go into your spam folder. If it’s 24 hours before, or the day of the show, it is likely that your application was unsuccessful. Please apply again!
When Sofar first got its start, it was always hosted in people’s private homes or apartments. Today, Sofar happens in a wide range of venues — from homes and apartments to co-working spaces, rooftops, breweries and galleries. You never know where you’ll end up!
It’s easy! Apply on our website. We’ll just need to know what city and neighborhood you live in, and how many people you think your space can hold. If your space looks like a good fit, you’ll hear back from someone from your local team within a few weeks.
Besides having an evening of amazing music in your space? We offer various perks for hosting a Sofar and will discuss these with you during your application.
Sofar and its audiences are respectful toward hosts and their spaces. Our team will be on hand to run the show and clean up afterward. All you need to do is provide the space! In the unlikely event of an incident, Sofar provides a Community Host Assurance Promise to repair or replace your property (exclusions and conditions outlined in the CHAP). More details will be shared and discussed with the local team once your host application has been processed.
Sofar artists generally play a stripped-back set at Sofar to an attentive audience, so the noise level is kept at a minimum, with shows ended around 10:30 p.m. We don’t expect your neighbors to complain, but better yet — invite them to enjoy the evening!
Of course! We always reserve a few spots for the host to invite guests. We will discuss this number with you during your application.
If you’re passionate about music, in-the-know about emerging artists, know of interesting spaces in your city, or just want to meet new people, you can find more information here on how to get involved.
Right now, we're focusing our resources on supporting our existing city teams and are not onboarding new cities.
If you’d like to stay involved with Sofar as we wait to add new cities to our roster, please fill in this form to stay up to date on exclusive webinars, special shows and more happening within Sofar. We’ll reach out when we’re looking to onboard new cities in your area.