It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a fan of the live music scene, so it should come as no surprise to anyone that I’ve been on the lookout for a web service that will reliably notify me of my favourite acts as soon as they announce dates in whichever town I am in at the time.
Well what do you know, I think I’ve found myself a winner! Sure, there’s the heavy hitting iLike that integrates nicely with Facebook profiles, but what I’ve really been after is a service that I can check quickly to see if there’s been any tour date announcements that I’ve missed… and if I miss those, receive emails that notify me of what I’ve missed.
BandsInTown.com, from what I have experienced from the service so far, does all of this for me with little effort. Sign up, specify your favourite artists (or even link into your last.fm account to have your favourite artists automatically imported), tweak a few account settings and “Bob’s your Uncle”.
The service introductory blurb suggests:
Bandsintown.com is an online community whose users can track their favorite artists, connect with other live music fans, and discover new shows based on their musical tastes. Bandsintown consolidates ticket prices, concert information, and live concert media all in one place.
One of the sweet features is the RSS feeds provided for each user, artist, and venue calendar. Just another convenient way to keep track of upcoming gigs.
For example, the Dave Matthews Band, one of my all-time favourites and definitely one of the hardest working touring bands on the planet today can be followed using their BandsInTown.com RSS feed: