Songkick is a live music database of artists, concerts, and festivals. This site includes concert histories with dates and venues. Users can share personal photos of and track favorite artists, festivals, venues and other users. 87 ticket vendors and 9 newspapers are searched for the latest listings and ticket prices.
Songkick was founded in 2007. Ian Hogarth, Michelle You, and Pete Smith found that it was difficult to find out when bands they wanted to see were going to tour in their area. They created Songkick to collect as much live performance information as possible in one place. The company is funded by Y Combinator, SoftTech VC, The Accelerator Group and Index Ventures. On March 8th 2012, Songkick announced that they received a $10 million B round of financing from Sequoia Capital.
Songkick can analyze a user’s iTunes or Last.fm libraries to import artists into the application for tracking upcoming shows. The application also recommends additional artists based on a user’s selections.
After registration, Songkick users are offered the option of downloading an application to import artists from iTunes or importing Last.fm artists by providing a Last.fm username. Alternatively, users may skip this step (it can be returned to at a later time if desired) and manually enter artists in the application.
The Home screen indicates recent activity related to a user’s tracked items, a search box for concerts attended in the past and easy links to other site features.
The Tracker has tabs for Artists, Metro areas, People, Venues, and Festivals. In the Artists’ area, imported or manually entered artists may be tracked. The Metro area tab indicates the number of upcoming concerts in the city indicated in the user’s profile. This may be expanded and sorted by date range. From this list, users can click on the Buy tickets icon and will be given ticket seller options. Once chosen, the user is redirected to the seller’s site. Users may also indicate whether or not they are attending this event. Members can also upload photos of up to 5MB to tracked artists’ pages or link to Youtube videos of artists.
The Upcoming events tab provides a calendar to track events and may be integrated with Outlook, Google Calendar, and iCal. Songkick may be connected to Twitter so that it can automatically tweet when a user indicates concert status (I’m going, I might go, I was there). It can also be formatted to post tweets directly from a concert. Users may add concerts and festivals to the site database for other users to view. One drawback to this feature is misspellings of artists’ names, resulting in multiple entries.
The feedback/faqs section is a Get Satisfaction powered feedback board with links to the most frequently asked questions. There is no forum for community interaction; however users can post questions in the feedback section and comments to the company blog.
Users may sign up using Facebook accounts or by entering an email address, username, password, and city.
Songkick is completely free to use.
Avid concertgoers will appreciate the ability to track favorite performers, link to tickets, connect with other fans, and share photos. They can also create a comprehensive history of their concert attendance. The ability to receive email notifications of upcoming concerts rather than having to manually search for them is sure to appeal to many music fans.