I love live music. For me, attending concerts is like attending church; it’s a religion. But in order to see all the shows I want to, I have to stay on top of everybody’s tour schedule. I listen to a lot of different artists. I’m on the mailing list for some. Some are big enough acts that when they go on tour its widespread news. However, a lot of the time I just have to know when an artist I listen to is going on tour and coming to my city.
Enter my life saver: Songkick.
Songkick concerts connect to your Spotify and Apple music library to track artists that you listen to. You can add artists manually and browse through the recommended shows. You can add multiple locations (for example, my Songkick is telling me about concerts in San Francisco, Melbourne, and Berlin). I use the app on the daily and the desktop version when I’m planning a trip somewhere — you can search by city and a given date!Tired of missing concerts? Learn to use the greatest aspects of @Songkick with this easy guide Click To Tweet
Import and Track Artists
Once you have signed up for Songkick and downloaded the app, it’s time to import and track some artists! I recommend going on an import frenzy. You can import from Spotify, Apple music, Facebook, and last.fm. Even if you listen to the same artists on different platforms I would still suggest importing from all platforms you use. It won’t take too long. Just click on ‘Import’ and it will walk you through the rest. I listen to new music on the regular, so I try to remember to
I listen to new music on the regular, so I try to remember to scan my libraries about once a month so Songkick is tracking new artists that I’ve discovered. It might scan for you every so often, but I don’t know about that so I just do it my damn self! Open up the app, click on ‘More’ and then ‘Scan your music library’.
OK good, we’re cooking with gas. Now let’s add an artist manually. Simply hit the search icon and type in an artist. After you select the artist, hit ‘Track artist’ and you’re good to go. It will also show you their upcoming tour schedule. Before you type in a name, you’ll notice underneath the search bar are recommended artists for you to track. I definitely scroll through here every now and then.
Pro Tip: If you are on the web version, you can also search for a venue.
Your Artists and Your Plans
Now we can decide what we’re interested in attending and what we want to keep track of. Your artists feed will show you the concerts of all the artists on tour that you’re tracking. It’s a lot. So I scroll through these and anything that I want to attend or I want to be reminded of, I simply hit ‘Track event’ or ‘I’m going’. It doesn’t matter if you’re tracking or attending, if you click either option the show will now show up in your plans feed. If I want to look at the shows I’m most likely to attend I go to this feed to see them all at a glance.
Pro Tip: On the web version you, can connect your plans to a calendar app. PERFECTION.
Location. Location. Location.
This is probably my favorite aspect. You can do this on the app, but I recommend using the web version it just seems easier to me. Hit the ‘Locations’ tab and type in your city. If you travel a lot, type in two different cities. Songkick is now tracking your artists in two different locations. You’ll be notified if your new favorite artist has a show in SF and Los Angeles. Are you going to Australia on holiday? See a show while you’re there! Once you’ve typed in the city, you can filter by date! Let’s say I’ll be in Melbourne from August 20th to August 27th, I simply put those dates in and hit ‘Filter’. Now I’m only seeing shows for that week. Make sure that you’re logged in to your account so that the search results returned are only for your tracked artists.
And there you have it. Songkick concerts made easy. If you are looking for some new artists to track, check out our Introduce Me feature where we list 5 up-and-coming female artists that you want to be listening to. Thanks for reading!