Deep breaths, concert junkies: Your Xanadu has arrived.
It’ll work like this: After signing up for the membership, you’ll receive a weekly email from Jukely, highlighting the events around town at participating venues. You, in turn, will RSVP online. When you show up at the venue the night of the event, you’ll show your ID, and your name will be checked off a list.
Sound great? Here come the caveats: This program is launching first in New York City. It won’t be open to just anyone; you’ll have to request an invite and be selected. The service applies to only 17 venues in the city (as of yet unannounced), though anyone who subscribes to the service can attend as many shows at those venues as humanly possible. If you want to attend a concert with friends, they’ll have to scrounge for tickets just like everyone else.
Jukely joins a host of services that have attempted to capitalize on the monthly all-you-can-eat trend. While streaming services like Spotify and Netflix have become household names, other subscription-based businesses have been slower to jump-start. A coffee subscription service called CUPS, for instance, launched last year in New York but is still focused on expanding in the city’s surrounding neighborhoods. eBook subscription startups like Scribd and Oyster are still working on getting major publishers on board with their platforms.
The announcement comes alongside the news that the company raised $2.4 million in seed investments. So the next time you find yourself rocking out to a Big K.R.I.T. concert that Jukely told you about, raise a toast to the obscenely rich venture capitalists who made it all possible.