Having already revolutionized the travel and home rental market, Airbnb, the Silicon Valley accommodation company recently valued at $30 billion, is now tentatively making moves to enter the music space.
Officially launching today, Airbnb is rolling out a bespoke program of "Music Experiences," including exclusive access to sold out shows and intimate live performances, in 13 cities around the world. London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Barcelona, Nairobi, Cape Town, Detroit, Miami, Paris, Havana, Tokyo, Florence and Seoul are the first cities where travelers can sign up for the experiences -- at a price -- with more expected to follow.
"Music is an incredible way to bring people together," said Airbnb’s CEO Brian Chesky in a statement. "Through the platform, we’re able to support up-and-coming and local artists by connecting people to their events and bringing their music to even more fans around the world." Chesky also promised customers access to "special pop-up gigs, underground music sessions" and the chance to meet "local artists and performers."