Finding Live Music Performances

April 5, 2024

green-dino_thumb_thumb_thumbThis essay is the work of a dumb dinobaby. No smart software required.

Here is a niche search category some of our readers will appreciate. Lifehacker shares “The Best Ways to Find Live Gigs for Music You Love.” Writer David Nield describes how one can tap into a combination of sources to stay up to date on upcoming music events. He begins:

“More than once I’ve missed out on shows in my neighborhood put on by bands I like, just because I’ve been out of the loop. Whether you don’t want to miss gigs by artists you know, or you’re keen to get out and discover some new music, there are lots of ways to stay in touch with the live shows happening in your area—you need never miss a gig again. Pick the one(s) that work best for you from this list.”

First are websites dedicated to spreading the musical word, like Songkick and Bandsintown. One can sign up for notices or simply browse the site by artist or location. These sites can also use one’s listening data from streaming apps to inform their results. Or one can go straight to the source and follow artists on social media or their own websites (but that can get overwhelming if one enjoys many bands). Several music apps like Spotify and Deezer will notify you of upcoming concerts and events for artists you choose. Finally, YouTube lists tour details and ticket links beneath videos of currently touring bands, highlighting events near you. If, that is, you have chosen to share your location with the Google-owned site.

Cynthia Murrell, April 5, 2024


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