It’s the perfect time of year to go to concerts and festivals, all in a bid to discover new bands. With the weather steadily improving, there’s nothing quite like the atmosphere that comes from going to an open-air concert, and on those days where the weather’s lousy, you can always make it to a roofed event.
We take a look at 10 of the best apps for discovering new concerts in your local area and beyond.
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1. Songkick Concerts (Free) - Songkick Concerts allows you to keep track of all your favorite artists, via imports from Apple Music, Spotify and your own library. You'll receive notifications any time your favorite is performing, along with details on ticket prices and options, as well as all the upcoming tour dates. You can buy tickets directly from the app too, as well as enjoy gig recommendations based on the kind of music you listen to.
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2. Vivid Seats (Free) - Vivid Seats doesn't stop at offering tickets to concerts. It also provides tickets for theater and sporting events. You can easily search for local events, before checking out a seating plan, and filter through pricing options. As well as that, Vivid Seats will scan your iTunes account, working out exactly what kind of music will appeal to you.
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3. StubHub (Free) - StubHub offers event recommendations, but it goes one step further than that. It gives you the opportunity to listen to iTunes song previews, as well as learn more about the artists. It offers ticket purchasing with Apple Pay and Apple Wallet support, streamlining things even further. You can also check Foursquare tips on the venue itself.
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4. Bandsintown Concerts (Free) - Another concert discovery tool, Bandsintown scans everything going, including Google Play and Pandora, to figure out exactly what you'll enjoy. You can easily share details with friends, as well as RSVP to events, coordinating your socializing efforts. It's kind of like a Facebook event, but with a focus on concert going.
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5. Loudie Concerts (Free) - Loudie Concerts' key selling point is its offer of free tickets. Obviously, this isn't for major bands, but it's a great way of discovering new music and enjoying the gig going experience. Alongside that, you can watch concert videos of your favorite artists, as well as plan things out with friends so that you won't be attending alone. It's particularly ideal for those wanting to arrange last minute plans.
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6. BandMate ($1.99) - BandMate uses a scoring system to recommend just how strongly it thinks you'll enjoy various new artists. It then searches through event listings for the city of your choice to create a personalized calendar of gigs to attend. Not in the mood for attending a gig? You can always check upcoming releases through the app too, as well as check out videos and biographies.
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7. GigScout (Free) - Using a map based layout, GigScout enables you to see where various concerts are being held nearby. You can filter by genre to narrow things down before sharing details with friends, and buying tickets within the app. Its killer feature is its integration with Uber, allowing you to easily hail a ride to the event.
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8. Eventbrite (Free) - A stylish and minimalist looking app, Eventbrite can arrange your whole evening. From booking the concert based upon a recommendation, to organizing a meal out straight afterwards, the app has you covered. You can share details quickly with friends, as well as use Apple Pay to buy the tickets. You can enjoy notifications of future events, too.
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9. ThrillCall (Free) - With a focus on discovering new music, ThrillCall will track your music tastes before recommending something you might like. It promises to have the most accurate listings of concerts and tour dates, meaning you won't miss a thing. Backed up by exclusive offers and contests, you should save some money along the way too.
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10. Live Nation (Free) - With thousands of up-to-date concert listings, Live Nation also offers exclusive early access for certain events. You can quickly receive alerts for your favorite artists, as well as venues, with various upgrades also available to buy. Even food and drink can be purchased from the app, with Ubers also easily arranged. It's an all-in-one app for those going to higher tier gigs.