Digitl, the eCommerce, marketplace and web design agency headed up by Oldham entrepreneur Darren Ratcliffe, has developed a new website for Beatstream – the Manchester-based live music streaming service.
Beatstream’s investors include Communicorp which also runs the XS Manchester radio station.
Beatstream was established in 2014 by Helen Fish and Matthew Walsh. It provides exclusive access to gigs, concerts, events, festivals and sessions through mobile phones and browsers. Its purpose is to make things easier for those who can’t get to events – made especially necessary during this time of venue closures and social distancing – and to be “the next best thing to actually being there.”
Since its launch, it has streamed from venues across the UK, including the world-famous Cavern Club in Liverpool. Its primary customers are musicians, promoters, music managers and record labels.
The project saw Digitl focus on developing the site’s functionality so that it fully integrates with the Beatstream app to stream live events as they happen in real time.
An eCommerce service was also added which means tickets can now be sold direct rather than through third-party agencies. It has also been made ready for international sales, with the site already achieving international sales as Beatstream starts to showcase international talent, and users now have the ability to sign up for some free events.
Darren Ratcliffe – founder of Digitl – said: “Beatstream is a fantastic platform and its service is needed now more than ever. We are all missing gigs and live events so being able to access music and culture in this way is a godsend for so many people. We’ve worked hard on the functionality of the site along with its new design, so we hope it will act as a springboard to help drive Beatstream’s reach and growth.”
Matt Walsh – founder of Beatstream – added: “2020 was a year like no other. Millions of people across the world have lost the ability to go to events so we see this as the perfect time for Beatstream. Digitl has done a fantastic job and we are looking forward to seeing our users and customers get the benefit from our continued investment in the platform.”