nugs.net‘s Live Phish mobile app used to stream and download Phish concerts after they happen received the Best Touring App award during the Billboard Music App Awards at the Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live! conference on Tuesday, October 5 in San Francisco. Up against Bonnaroo’s festival app by Aloompa and the R5 music venue app from Ticketfly, Live Phish clinched the award with a series of key features that drive online music sales.
Brad Serling, CEO of Live Phish creator nugs.net, detailed why 10,000 fans downloaded the app during its first week, establishing Live Phish as the number one paid music app on iTunes that week. Morover, 17 percent of those downloaders went on to purchase concert audio, as well as, Phish back catalog items through the app.
The app continues a historic trend in engagement between bands and fans. Music icons The Grateful Dead, another nugs.net client, largely invented file-sharing through a robust, band-supported peer-to-peer, mail-based community of concert tapers and tape-traders.
Fresh off the awards ceremony, nugs.net and Phish will set out to make history once again as Phish’s fall tour, which kicks off this Sunday October 10 in Denver, marks the first time any band has included a download of each night’s show in the ticket price. Fans can redeem the bar code on every ticket at LivePhish.com for professionally mixed MP3s of the complete concert. Fans can upgrade to CD or higher than CD quality 24 bit FLAC-HD. Downloads of each night’s show are posted within an hour of the band leaving the stage.
With offices in both San Francisco and Philadelphia, nugs.net is heading towards its 15th anniversary with year-long events celebrating their long running history with bands ranging from Metallica to the Grateful Dead.