App Attack: How Fans, Musicians, and Festivals are Coming Together with New Tech

By Deathray

The world of music festivals and massive concert lineups has changed dramatically over the last five to ten years. There was once a time where attendants went to concerts like Ultra Music Festival and Coachella to discover new artists and remember old favorites on a lineup. There was once a time where you would hear an amazing song in the middle of a DJ’s set and if nobody around you could identify the tune, it was lost from you indefinitely. There was a time where communication between you and your favorite musicians or concert management was exceedingly difficult and rare. There was even a time where going off to a music festival meant having to make your schedule to see different artists the moment your hands acquired the nearest pamphlet with all the different set times throughout the day or weekend. However, these problems have been solved thanks to this generation’s generous acceptance and overzealous utilization of smartphone apps and the world wide web.

The Internet and the hundreds of applications and websites that every laptop, tablet, and smartphone has access to have morphed the music festival scene in a way that forces these brands to pick and choose artists based not on their content but on their number of followers. If there’s an artist you’ve never heard of on a lineup for a concert you’re venturing to, a few clicks on SoundCloud, Spotify, Mixcloud, or even YouTube can take care of that in a jiffy. Fans don’t have to wing-it and decide to go see an artist, band, or DJ they’ve never seen before when they can just surf the web or their smartphone to hear their studio material or their live performances from the past. Because of this, major music festivals can focus more on their special visual effects and customer satisfaction, while worrying to acquire the names with the most likes and followers on social media (as long as their not already performing elsewhere).

All these new applications have also given us the opportunity to take the music from these shows and bring them home. Thanks to apps like Shazam, audiences across the globe can go to any show and pull the song currently playing and rejoice in the fact that now they can have these songs that were once unobtainable. If you want to discover more than just one song from an artist’s set, apps like Kuvo allow listeners to see what songs are playing or have been played during a set. More and more, apps like these are enabling music fans to bring the concert experience from the main stage and transport it into cellphones and computers for their personal entertainment.

Another major mode that has boosted the growth of electronic music in the mainstream media is the online interaction of fans with the artists. Social media apps and sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine have bridged the physical gap between audiences and musicians and connected us to our musical heroes via …read more

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