According to IROCKE.COM, 2012 was the biggest year for live streaming concerts, music channels, and music festivals. Last year, almost every U.S. music festival and many of Europe’s largest festivals were streamed online, allowing viewers to vicariously experience the festivals with their eyes and ears in real time. In 2012 alone, IROCKE.COM estimated that over 100 million people around the world watched a live stream. And the numbers keep growing; from July – December, there were approximately 1,200 average live streaming performances per month — about double the average from January – June.
“2012 was a landmark year for live streaming concerts with a record number of artists and fans connecting for live performances via the Internet,” said IROCKE.COM co-founder and CEO Karl Rogers.
IROCKE.COM editors and contributors rated over 11,000 performances by 3,843 different artists streamed from 684 sources and rated each performance based on its quality, online audience size, online audience engagement, and unique use of the live streaming medium amongst other criteria. They ranked their top 50 streaming sources (#1 American Express Unstaged), 25 live streaming moments (#1 Eddie Vedder & Roger Waters’ “Comfortably Numb” Concert For Sandy Relief 12/12/12), and 10 live streaming festivals (#1 Tomorrowland Festival). Read more.