Our clocks have been set forward, the weather is warming up and concert season is upon us. Of course, whether it's a festival, stadium show or a club gig, tracking all of your upcoming concerts can seem overwhelming. Thankfully, organizing your concert itinerary is easier than ever with the multitude of available concert-based apps. Here are four free app recommendations guaranteed to keep you on top of your busy summer concert calendar.
Songkick Concerts' simple features and ease of use make it the go-to concert app. The app quickly scans your mobile device for artists in your library and provides a list of concerts catered to your tastes. If you do not have any music on your mobile device, it provides a list of concerts in your area and makes it easy to add artists to track for future tour information. The app's most popular feature is a calendar. As you add concerts to your schedule, it places them in an easily exportable calendar, ensuring you'll never miss a show.
The Bandsintown Concerts app allows you to connect to your Facebook, Last.fm, Pandora, and Spotify accounts to provide the most extensive list of recommendations based on your music likes and preferences. Therefore, before you enter the app, you must provide an email address or log in with Facebook in order to connect. From there, you can track all of your upcoming concerts and find affinity artists based on your current likes.
Avoid missing out on buying tickets to your favorite concert because it sold out in 10 seconds. The great thing about the Live Nation app is that for some artist pre-sales, it provides an app-only password, allowing you to be "first in line" to buy tickets. The app also keeps track of your concert attendance history, in case you want to walk down memory lane, and also provides a calendar for you to keep track of upcoming concerts and mobile tickets at select concerts.
Download: Apple; Android
What sets Timbre apart from other apps is the limited number of features that reduces the clutter to finding concerts you want to attend. First and foremost, the app searches concerts by location and pulls up those available in your city. As you click on a concert, it immediately starts playing that artist's music. You can then click next, similar to a playlist, to see what other artists are playing nearby. It is a great way to discover new music and find something to do on a Saturday night.
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(Lindsay Gabler is the Social Media Specialist for The Recording Academy. In 2012 Gabler ranked in Billboard's Twitter 140, a listing of the 140 must-follow Twitter accounts in the music industry. Follow her @lndsygblr.)