Just when I was ready to write off the historically out-of-touch and one-step-behind awards show, the Grammys have pulled me back in. And we can thank social media, mobile and several timely musical nominations for making the usually irrelevant, retrogressive and disconnected TV event more interactive, relevant and interesting than it’s ever been for fans.
Coachella sells out in a week? A rapper threatens to shoot up a crowd? Linkin Park is using fans to test out new marketing channels? Parrot Heads go from ecstasy to horror in a matter of seconds? Foursquare expanding its concert experiments? A Live Nation lawsuit?
We’ve wondered before if concert fans and venue owners are using Foursquare and if social media is changing live music. And as those two experiments roll on, the answer continues to be a resounding “Yes!”
We’ve done a lot of exploring and experimenting this year with social media and live music. And it’s no surprise that social media communities and platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and virtual concerts have all changed how we experience live music. But what do the experts and innovators have to say about current trends and the future?
Earlier this year we explored Recreate My Night to see how the new interactive site made the concert experience more social by allowing fans to upload and share concert memories through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Now, let’s see how Recreate My Night updated the experience by featuring star DJ/producer David Guetta.
Sad news about the death of indie-rapper Micheal “Eyedea” Larsen, of Eyedea and Abilities, was announced yesterday. So let’s pay tribute as fans mourn his passing and celebrate his life and rhymes.
Continuing our exploration into iphone and android mobile apps and live music, I wanted to share with you some of the experiments I’ve been doing on my Droid with one of Layar’s augmented reality apps. Now, let’s see how you can use Layar’s Tweeps Around 3D to enhance your next concert experience.