Spotify Add ‘Concerts’ Tuned to Your Music Tastes

Photography Credit: Paul Sawers – VentureBeat

Today Spotify announced a new feature which will suggest concerts near to you based on your Spotify listening history.

Spotify have revealed their new ‘Concerts’ feature which will tell you when your favourite artists announce new concerts near you so that you can easily keep track of all the gigs you’re interested in, within the music streaming platform. This new feature isn’t just for listeners though as it also makes it easier for artists to put the word out, directly to fans about upcoming shows.

Using information from Songkick Spotify will gather it’s data on the music you listen to and, much like it’s Discover Weekly feature will show you a selection of concerts picked specifically for you. The best part is that it will regularly update it’s recommendations as your listening history involves and you play more artists.

One of the features that really enhances the new Concerts features is that Spotify will also update it’s results based on where you are, so if you’ve travelled to another city you can see all the gigs that Spotify think you would be interested in, in that area.

Spotify have been partnered with Songkick for a while already. Originally Songkick would gather your listening data from Spotify and present recommendations but you still had to use Songkick externally. Now it is all embedded within Spotify for a seamless, one-stop music service.

You can find Concerts in the Browse section of Spotify. It will default to your current location but you can also manually change the search-area to wherever you want. Concerts will be rolled out to iOS and Android today.

Spotify Partner With ‘Amsterdam Dance Event’ Festival

Spotify have partnered with EDM festival ‘Amsterdam Dance Event’ (ADE) to bring a new service for the festival’s visitors.

The new service and app takes Spotify users’ listening history and uses it to direct festival-goers around the Amsterdam Dance Event. The analytics will provide users with information about where their favourite artists are playing at ADE and gives more suggestions based on that data.


The apps main features are:

  • Programmes for the entire Festival, Playground and Conference.
  • A guide to all the Festival, Playground and Conference locations.
  • A profile for every artist and speaker in the ADE line-up
  • News updates, exclusive access to social media functions and access to special ADE playlists, including Celebrate Safe playlists.
  • A ‘discover’ function to explore the extensive ADE playlist.
  • A ‘recommend’ function that helps users discover new artists during ADE.


The Amsterdam Dance Event is a five day festival  and conference that features 450 events and 2,200 artists in 155 clubs and venues. Over 350,000 people attend the shows between the 14th-18th of October, from all around the world, making Amsterdam one of the biggest EDM hubs in the world.

ADE’s director, Richard Zijlma, spoke about the partnership, saying: “We are excited to collaborate with Spotify and to provide our audience a way to discover new talent and new music as well to provide the performing talents with an improved global platform.”

Spotify’s marketing director for Europe, Nikki Lambert, said: “Every year thousands of passionate music fans descend on ADE to enjoy music from hundreds of artists across the EDM world.

“Spotify can now help those music fans to navigate the huge range of experiences on offer and to find both new and established artists that either they love now, or will discover this year through Spotify and ADE.”

Spotify have created an ADE 2015 playlist that is updated daily, featuring artists such as The Chain Smokers, DJ Snake, Ferry Corsten, Armin Van Buuren, Joris Voorn, Seven Lions, Thomas Gold and many more.

The new Spotify-integrated ADE app is available for iOS and Android. You can also view most of the features on the Amsterdam Dance Event website:

SFX Entertainment Consider Fire Sale of Assets Including Beatport

Industry News

SFX Entertainment, an EDM promoter focussing on live events, is looking into a fire sale of its assets after one of it’s events, The TomorrowWorld festival, was left in disarray after torrential weather left many stranded at the the festival. The day after on Monday SFX shares fell 7.5 percent after the Atlanta festival was left issuing refunds and lost concessions.

CEO and founder of SFX, Robert Sillerman, founded the company in 2011 and spent the next two years on acquisitions to cement his company in the world of EDM, reportedly spending over $1 billion.

Here are just some of the assets in SFX’s name that could be up for sale:

  • Beatport – EDM download and streaming site
  • Totem OneLove Group Pty Ltd. – Australian electronic music festival producer
  • ID&T – Amsterdam based dance music festival producer running Tomorrowland and TomorrowWorld
  • Flavorus – Ticketing company
  • React Presents – EDM events organiser
  • Monumental Productions BV – Producer of ‘Awakenings’ events
  • 50% stake in Alda Holding BV – EDM event producer

This news all comes just a month after SFX were reported to have secured $90 million in new funding when Richard Rosenstein, CFO at SFX, said: “With the success of many of our festivals in the current quarter and this added financial flexibility, SFX is better positioned to continue growing our powerful brands and support our extraordinary team members who are focussed on executing on our strategic plans.”

The deadline for SFX’s special committee and advisors to accept proposals and assets for the company is tomorrow.

Glastonbury Line-Ups Based On Spotify

Glastonbury, the largest greenfield festival in the world, is upon us once again and Spotify has taken the line-up and re-arranged it based on the amount of listens each artist has gotten on the music streaming service.

In the new popularity based order only 10 acts remain in their allotted times.

Here’s the hypothetical line-up with the most popular at the top in the headliner slot:

Pyramid Stage


Florence + the Machine James Bay
Motorhead Florence + the Machine
Mary J Blige
Alabama Shakes
James Bay Chronixx
Chronixx Motörhead


Kanye West George Ezra
Pharrell Williams Kanye West
Paloma Faith
Burt Bacharach Pharrell Williams
George Ezra Courtney Barnett
The Waterboys
Courtney Barnett The Unthanks
The Unthanks Burt Bacharach


The Who Hozier
Paul Weller Alt-J
Alt-J The Who
Lionel Richie Paul Weller
Patti Smith Lionel Richie
Hozier Patti Smith
Songhoy Blues

Other Stage


Rudimental Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson Rudimental
The Courteneers Jungle
The Vaccines
Jungle Everything Everything
Catfish and the Bottlemen The Courteeners
Everything Everything The Cribs
The Cribs Catfish and the Bottlemen


Deadmau5 Clean Bandit
Ben Howard
The Maccabees Deadmau5
Clean Bandit Ella Eyre
Ella Eyre The Maccabees
Young Fathers Azealia Banks
Azealia Banks Frank Turner
Frank Turner Young Fathers
Swim Deep


The Chemical Brothers Jamie T
Jamie T Belle & Sebastian
Belle & Sebastian Future Islands
Future Islands Twin Atlantic
Twin Atlantic The Chemical Brothers
Palma Violets Soak
Adam Cohen Palma Violets
Soak Rival Sons
Rival Sons Adam Cohen

Park Stage


Super Furry Animals Jamie xx
Jamie xx Glass Animals
Sharon Van Etten Wolf Alice
Benjamin Booker Rhodes
Wolf Alice Sharon Van Etten
Glass Animals Super Furry Animals
Shlomo Benjamin Booker
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Shlomo
Rhodes King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard


Jon Hopkins Father John Misty
Spiritualized Ibeyi
Mavis Staples Jon Hopkins
Father John Misty Gaz Coombes
Kate Tempest
Gaz Coombes Eaves
Giant Sand Flo Morrissey
Ibeyi Spiritualized
Eaves Mavis Staples
Flo Morrisey Giant Sand


Ryan AdamsRae Morris
Goat The Staves
The Fall Jack Garrett
Perfume Genius Ryan Adams
Fat White Family Perfume Genius
The Staves Denai Moore
Rae Morris Goat
Jack Garrett Fat White Family
Denai Moore The Fall
Rag’N’Bone Man 

Blink 182 Actually Releasing Another Album and Now Have UK Tour Dates Booked

Blink 182 arent just reforming after five years, but they are also putting out a new record and going on a UK tour. The UK is planned for July 2011 and already has five dates booked.

  • Manchester MEN Arena – Friday July 8th 2011
  • Newcastle Arena – Tuesday July 12th 2011
  • Nottingham Arena – Wednesday July 13th 2011
  • Birmingham LG Arena – Friday July 15th 2011
  • London 02 Arena – Monda July 18th 2011

Tickets will go on sale at 9 am on November 26, 2010 (it’s a Friday). Did you miss them?