Songkicks Concert 2I love watching live music. At least once per week, you will find me at a local music venue, bopping (or moshing) to one of my friend’s bands. I am always searching the web to find out when cool concerts are coming up.

Songkick Concerts is a music app that searches your iPhone’s song library, and then shows you when and where your favorite bands are playing next. It’s a great way to keep track of the artists you like and easily be alerted when they’re playing somewhere near you…

Design

As soon as you open the app, it starts to scan your iPhone’s music library. A large icon of a music note appears and a scanner bar moves up and down, representing the “scan” that is taking place in your device.

Then, a list of concerts in your area will appear. Switching between “Locations” and “Artists” will show you events in your area or concerts that a specific band is performing at. You can sign up for Songkicks’ service and keep track of artists and concerts that you are planning on attending, or hope to attend in the future. When you sign up for the service, you can access a list of concerts and artists you are tracking by selecting the “Concerts” section of the app.

Nearly every band in your iTunes library will come with a picture. I think they are created from the band’s Facebook Page. A couple of my friend’s bands were included on the list and the thumbnail images associated with the band were from their Facebook profiles.

Songkicks Concert 3App Use

After you have had your iPhone’s music library scanned, you can add your location and see a list of concerts in your area, plus see what bands are on tour. Under the Locations tab, check out upcoming concerts, listed by date, in your area. If you are lucky enough to live close to other major cities, add those to your location list and check out what is happening in your backyard. I live in Sacramento, so I added the Bay Area, which includes San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland. To add a new city in the Locations section, tap “Add/Edit” in the upper left corner of the screen. Then tap “Search” to type in a specific city.

When you switch over to the Artist tab, you will see a list of all of the artists in your iPhone’s music library. Some bands will have a red banner across the picture that reads, “On tour.” From what I was able to determine, only the red banner bands have show listings. Even if a band only had one show listed, there was an “On Tour” banner next to it. There were no bands that had a show listing without a red banner.

That makes it easier to see who is playing a concert and who isn’t. As you scroll down your long list of bands, you don’t even have to select an artist without the red banner because there won’t be any show listings.

When you select an artist, you will automatically start tracking them. The band is then added to your Concerts listing under the “Your Artists” section. You can disable artist tracking by tapping the “Track Artist” tab in the band’s summary.

If you want to keep an eye on a band, you can track them and receive notifications when they are on the move. So, if you were hoping to catch “She and Him” in California, but no shows are listed right now, track them to be alerted when they have scheduled a few shows.

You can also purchase tickets for most major concerts from within the app. This makes it easy for you to find out when and where your favorite band is playing and purchase tickets to see them without even leaving the app. Ticket sellers include Ticketmaster, Ticketfly, and others. Market resellers include StubHub, TicketNetwork, TicketsNow, and more. When you want to buy a ticket, you will be directed to a web browser inside the app where you can select and purchase tickets as if you were buying online.

Songkicks Concert 1The Good

The one thing that makes this app interesting is that it scans your iPhone’s music library and then shows you concerts from artists that you love. The scan included every one of the bands in my library, including obscure Japanese hardcore bands that have been broken up since the 1990s. You can edit your artist lists and remove bands that you know will never play shows again, as well.

The Bad

Although the list is fairly comprehensive, there were still quite a few bands or venues left off of the list. There has never been a live music discovery app that was able to feature everything I am interested in, so I’m not surprised. However, it would be nice to be able to include your own venues and bands. For example, I’d like to be able to link my Facebook events so that I can see shows in my area that my friends have booked.

Value

Songkicks Concerts is free to download. There are no in-app purchase and no ads. The only additional information you will be asked for is if you decide to sign up for the Songkicks service. The only money you will spend is if you find a great concert that you want to attend.

Conclusion

If you regularly go to shows and concerts, this is a great service to help you find out about when and where your favorite bands are playing next. It is not completely comprehensive and could use a little more features. However, at the price of free, you won’t lose out on anything. Download it in the App Store today.

Related Apps

Live Nation is a live music app from the concert booking company of the same name. Bandsintown is another concert app that aggregates shows from the artists in your iPhone’s music library.

Do you go to a lot of concerts? Does Songkicks Concerts sound like an app you’d find useful?

  • abdullah575

    angry birds go ! is realsed on the New Zealend store

  • Willie

    Love the user friendly UI of the app.

  • therealjjohnson

    Or you could just follow their tweets or Instagram which you already probably do since their your favorite bands…

    • appleyay

      ji idont use those

    • I think you’re missing the point of this app

  • Vijay Panjwani

    Finally an app which is not “White”! 😉
    Awesome design!

  • Mgggb

    It’s a shame it’s iOS 7 only. Does anyone know from experience what you have to do to add support? If you’d need to rewrite the app I’d understand but if it’s a matter of checking off a setting in Xcode there’s no reason not to have the support.

    • Tom Clarke

      Supporting iOS6 is a huge undertaking and would require writing a completely different design and UI presentation, because the new look and feel is so iOS7-dependent. For a rapidly dwindling number of users on iOS6 and earlier, maintaining parallel UIs is pretty hard to justify. However, it should still be possible to download and install the last-supported version of Songkick in the App Store that works on earlier versions of iOS.

      • Mgggb

        Okay thank you, that’s what I assumed but I wasn’t sure as it seemed like a possibility of having backwards comparability because it doesn’t rely on hardware of newer phones. The App Store didn’t give me the option to download an earlier version but ilcheck again

  • appleyay

    cool

  • ticky13

    You’re much better off going to their website and using it to import your artists from iTunes on your computer. I doubt anyone has all of their music on their iPhone at any one time.

  • I instantly fell in love with this app. I tried bandsintown before but I hate how they constantly want to post stuff on my Facebook account. Songkick is perfect. It quickly scanned my whole music library directly on my iPhone, and showed me what bands are touring in my city. This is actually how I found out Imagine Dragons is coming to town in February. That’s probably a concert I would have missed if it wasn’t for Songkick since I do not follow bands on Twitter or Facebook, and I also do not listen the radio much. Anyway. It’s definitely a great app to find out when you’re favorite bands will be playing somewhere near you.