With a new year comes a host of new trends, trends that have the power to transform the industries they belong to. The creative industries are particularly changeable, with what’s hot and what’s not in the world of music shifting not just every year or every month but every day. The great thing about the music scene is its diversity, with established and emerging recording artists always bringing something interesting to the table. 2019 is set to be no different in terms of the exciting music industry trends set to develop. In this blog post, we put forward our predictions for what’s certain to be another great year for music.

It’s all about live performances

There’s nothing like seeing your favourite artists live and despite the ease of streaming, throughout 2019 live music is set to be bigger than ever. Streaming after all doesn’t pay, particularly for the artists performing the songs, who see little royalties from each stream. This sad fact has meant a huge push towards live performances with even major artists, like Jay Z, Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran, racking up big money thanks to their never ending list of tour dates.

The rise of live is great news for music fans. As a result, the number of concert and festival goers is set to rise further, building on the 12% increase in attendance to music events experienced last year. Music fans are also travelling further to see their favourite artists, and music tourism is set to continue during the year ahead.

Breakthroughs hit the mainstream

Festival season is always much anticipated by UK music fans and whilst lesser-known artists have their own parts to play in proceedings, this year’s festival set is set to be dominated by the breakthroughs. The cost of having a big name is big money but this doesn’t mean you won’t be able to see your favourite superstars in action. The presence of lesser-known, more niche artists is a great thing, not just for festival promoters looking to save a pound or two, but for music fans wanting to experience something new. Who knows you may just discover next year’s big star!

A year of musical comebacks

2019 may be the year of breakthroughs but it is also the year of comebacks. The Spice Girls’ reunion tour is one of the most eagerly anticipated comebacks of this year. Those looking to get tickets to see the greatest girl band of all time perform may be out of luck though. The Spice Girls have sold out three Wembley Stadium shows, three shows at Manchester’s Etihad, and further dates in Edinburgh, Bristol, Cardiff and Coventry. That doesn’t mean you have to put your Union Jack dress away for good though!

The Spice Girls reunion has not only set the wheels in motion for other musical comebacks, it’s seen a rise in requests for tribute acts as more and more people look to enjoy the acts and songs from years gone by.

More surprises for the New Year

Surprise releases have been the go-to strategy for many artists of late, and it appears songs and even entire albums will continue to drop from nowhere for some time to come. The art of releasing surprise material with little or no warning at all is a difficult one to master, particularly with the internet accessing all areas these days. It was Beyoncé who popularised the surprise release with her self-titled album back in 2013, and during 2019 she’s rumoured to be doing it all over again. All we can say is, watch this space…