To recap, Jukely subscribers can pay $25 per month to attend as many concerts as they like from the roster provided. There are hundreds of live shows available through Jukely at any given time, though with the basic subscription members can only choose only one per day. There is a more extensive subscription option, however, which comes in at $45 per month — this gives members a “plus one” to a show.
Jukely has raised more than $12 million in funding since its launch in 2012, the bulk of which came via an $8 million round last year. The service is now available in most major U.S. cities, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle, and it went international in April 2015 when it landed in Toronto, followed by London a few months later.
After a while as a web and iPhone-only affair, Jukely has finally addressed the glaring omission from its arsenal: an Android app. “We’ve always been aware of the large chunk of Jukely users using Android devices and we’re excited to finally give them a new tool for using Jukely,” said Bora Celik, founder and CEO of Jukely. “We really wanted to optimize and streamline the user experience on their mobile device, and introduce the Jukely experience to a whole new group of potential power users.”
However, the Android incarnation falls short of its iOS counterpart insofar as it lacks Foursquare integration to guide gig-goers to the best places to visit after the show. And there is no Spotify integration here either, meaning users can’t open tracks in the Spotify app. However, the Android version circumvents the need for Spotify altogether via its very own in-app music player, which may actually be to some users’ preferences.
Jukely is plugging a hole that a number of other startups have tried to fill. It’s removing the friction from the perennial “things to do tonight / tomorrow” problem by serving up a library of live music available in your locale within a rolling 3-day window. Users don’t have to search local listings and then figure out how to buy a ticket — everything happens in-app, and no further payments are necessary beyond the monthly subscription.
WillCall was another company that focused specifically on last-minute concert tickets, but it was acquired by Ticketfly last year. Then there’s London-based YPlan, which is striving to build a billion-dollar business from finding you things to do across the whole entertainment spectrum — not just music.
With its subscription model, Jukely is betting on the thousands of students and twenty-somethings who spend their evenings and weekends keeping tabs on what’s hot in music, but who also don’t want to spend all their cash going to gigs. For $6.25 per week, it’s not a bad deal.