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Songkick - Never Miss a Concert

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David Silversmith
David Silversmith

Ever wonder why you are the last to find out about great concerts?  Ever wonder about a concert you saw years ago? With Songkick you can keep in touch with bands that you like, get the inside scoop on their schedules and research all their past gigs. Songkick will also link to sites that offer opportunities to purchase tickets - either straight from the venue or via resellers. 

Songkick believes that "an amazing concert can change your life." Songkick thrives in the past, but is pretty cool for new concerts too.  They have built a database with tour dates from around the web to accumulate over 1 million concerts. Not every concert in existence, but the biggest list anywhere - some have compared it to the Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB), except for concerts. CEO Ian Hogarth said “What we’ve done is crawl and cull this information from thousands of sites all across the web, and stitched it together enough to make a giant database of live musical history.”  I was able to find slightly less than half the concerts I have attended (or at least could remember attending).  Shows at bigger venues where all there - smaller shows are missing.  You'll also find lots of data correction ahead with things like an entry for concerts at the "Power Station" in Auckland and a 2nd listing for the "Powerstation" in Auckland - but that will improve over time. 

If you are like me and have a ticket stub from every show, then imagine Songkick as the online companion - a place for you to share your personal "gigography" of all the gigs you’ve ever been to.  Before they started, there wasn’t a single place where you could see an artist’s entire tour history and see all the gigs a legendary venue has hosted. Social media kicks in because every concert and festival deserves a home online, where you can share your experience with posters, photos, videos, setlists, reviews, and more.

The big picture idea is to get more social and extend the experience of going to a concert beyond the actual show. Maybe you’ll see that you’ve been to a bunch of the same shows as someone else, and you’ll add them as a friend on Songkick, and you’ll probably run into them in another show. I think that will have more impact for folks who log lots of small indie, local bands. The liklihood of running into somebody at the stadium concert is a tad bit of a stretch for my imagination.

I also love Songkick for the honest link on their home page (hopefully gone before you get there) which says: "Sorry it's taking so long for stuff to show up. Our server is overloaded like a tired pack mule. We're working on speeding things up." With a database of over 1 million concerts I feel their pain with regards to handling the load.

Songkick also lives in the present and as they index 29 different ticket vendors across the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.  There are other sites like Livekick and BandsInTown, but none of them have as good worldwide coverage as Songkick. You can even add shows they are missing.

Each concert or festival page aggregates all the ticket options, so you can compare prices, and buy the cheapest ticket which is how Songkick hopes to thrive. Songkick receives fees from ticketing agencies when someone buys a ticket through the site (at no extra cost to you) and also hopes to make money by selling live concert merchandise and including local and general advertisements.

 

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