Sofar Sounds ticket costs vary by region and type of show. For shows where tickets are sold in advance, tickets range from $10-30 (or regional equivalent).
At free, independently organized Sofar community shows, organizers ‘pass the hat’ to collect money for artists and to help cover event expenses, with $0 going back to the business.
All ticket sales are final, unless a show is canceled or postponed. However, if you can’t make the show you purchased tickets to, we may be able to offer you a transfer to another show as long as you let us know at least 72 hours before the show. Get in touch with us here to request a transfer.
At this time, gift cards are not available for purchase.
Artist compensation varies depending on whether tickets for the show are sold in advance, or if it’s free to attend. For shows with a set ticket price, each act is guaranteed a minimum amount, with higher payment levels based on the number of tickets sold (for specifics, head here).
At non-commercial, independently organized shows, organizers 'pass the hat' to collect money for artists and event expenses, with $0 going back to Sofar. In some cases, there may be an option for artists to choose a high-quality video instead. If you have any questions, our artist teams can discuss any specifics prior to booking a show.
If you’ve never played a Sofar show before, head here and click ‘Apply for my first show’ to fill out our artist application. We’re not able to book artists via email submissions.
Any updates to your artist application will be sent to you via email. Because we want to ensure that every applicant gets a fair listen, it can sometimes take a little while to hear back—but you should expect to hear from us within a few weeks if we’re able to schedule a show. Keep in mind that many independent Sofar Community show organizers only host occasional events, 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 our regional artist 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.
Yes! We want each Sofar show lineup to feature performers that vary in genre and sound. Some past favorites include 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. The booking 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 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, it’ll be scheduled to go up on our YouTube channel. We’ll give you the link for you 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.
If you’re interested in performing in new locations, head to the Artist Dashboard to fill out the date request form for the cities you’re interested in. If there’s availability and it’s a good fit, the team will reach out to set something up.
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.
Yes! Artists keep 100% of any merch sales at Sofar shows, so we encourage you to bring some along if you’re able! If you’d prefer to keep your sales online, just let the MC know what you want them to mention when they introduce you.
We’ll share the venue address for your performance 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.
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 is currently active in more than 200 cities around the world.
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 who put on between one to four Sofar shows per month.
For shows that require payment to attend, you can buy your tickets directly through the website. Just click 'Buy Tickets' at the top of the show page.
Pay-what-you-want (or non-commercial) shows usually require guests to apply for a spot, and guests are invited to confirm 1 or 2 spots through a lottery. Once you’ve found an event you want to attend, click the ‘Apply for tickets’ button on the event page, making sure to tick ‘I want to bring a guest’ if you’re planning on attending with another person.
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!
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 4 tickets can be purchased) to secure your space.
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.