The Pierless Music Gig Guide

Regretfully, the Pierless Music Gig Guide will be closing up shop on New Years Eve 2015.

There are a number of reasons for this, one of them being that maintaining any type of Gig Guide is a thankless task. There are also many other Hastings based Gig Guides ‘competing’ for your attention.

A Gig Guide is only as good as the information provided and then listed within it. As hard as you may try, getting that info is not easy, as anyone who runs one of these services will tell you.

Some venues and promoters are good at providing gig info, but many are not, therefore no online Gig Guide is ever complete and definitive.

With that in mind The Stinger magazine have created a crowd sourced web based Gig Guide, called Gig Stinger, which is now ready for launch. You can access that Gig Guide via the link at the bottom of this post.

The idea behind Gig Stinger is that anyone, be they a band, venue, promoter or fan, can upload gig and event information to the site. This gig info will then be available for all to see, via an interactive map.

Suppliers of gig and event info will need to create a, free, account which will then enable them to upload that info. Those persons can then include extra info about their band, venue, event or gig, including social media links, photo’s etc.

Gig Stinger is already ‘live’, so why not have a look and create an account? It can be accessed via your computer, tablet, or smart phone.

We are intending to create a ‘User Guide’ to help anyone who may need it, but hopefully Gig Stinger isn’t too hard to use. We have already created ‘pages’ for a few local venues, but you are free to create your own, or add to those, once you are signed up.

There will be a submission process, to try to stop spurious info being uploaded.

The idea behind Gig Stinger is that the onus is put onto the band/act, venue, promoter etc to upload info about their own events and gigs, and promote them, this cuts out the ‘middle man’.

If Gig Stinger is not a success that will be because people haven’t uploaded and supplied information about their events. We will not be doing that on your behalf.

If Gig Stinger is a success, we already have ideas about how it can be expanded for other, non musical, events, and even for towns/cities further afield too.

So………………..

Thanks for your support for the Pierless Music Gig Guide over the past few years, it is much appreciated.

The Pierless Music website will remain, although at present I’m not sure how much new content will be uploaded to it, as The Stinger magazine will take preference.

For future gigs please visit Gig Stinger: http://www.thestinger.org.uk/gigs#.VnVKb_mLTIU

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.

Pierless Music and Hastings Rock

We are very pleased to announce that the Pierless Music Gig Guide will be the official gig guide for this years Hastings Rock radio broadcast.

Hastings Rock, which returns to the local airwaves on Saturday, 3rd May, will use the Pierless Music Gig Guide within most programmes during their 28 days on air.

Because of this, and also because of the size of the Hastings Rock broadcast area, we have decided to include more gigs than usual in our online gig guide.

Usually, we only allow gigs from within the traditional ’1066′ area, which doesn’t include Eastbourne for example. But during the month of May we have extended that area to help listeners find out what’s on in their own town.

Please see our updated info page for details of what we will and won’t include:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/calendar/about-the-pierless-music-gig-guide/

Don’t forget, if we don’t know about your gig we can’t include it in the Gig Guide. So email those gig details to: gigs@pierlessmusic.co.uk

You can listen to Hastings Rock locally on 87.7FM and also online via their website at:

http://www.hastingsrock.co.uk/

Enjoy the music.

It’s Here

The all new Pierless Music Gig Guide has arrived and can be found here:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/calendar/

Thanks to all of those who have already sent in their gig details. But, as you can see, we are still missing many more.

If we don’t know about your gig, we can’t include it in our Gig Guide. So please help us by telling your friends, band members and local venues about us, thanks.

To submit your gig, whether you are a band, venue or promoter, send the gig details to: gigs@pierlessmusic.co.uk

We have been having a few issues with how the Gig Guide displays, so please bear with us if things don’t look quite as they should.

Happy New Year and here’s to an exciting 2014.

Photo courtesy of Nastassja Kaschevsky – Movietex.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Pierless Music would like to wish you all a peaceful and Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

Thanks for all of your support and encouragement throughout the year. It is much appreciated.

It’s been such an eventful year for us that we totally forgot to celebrate the first anniversary, in October, of the start of this Pierless Music website. I like to think that we’ve already come a long way within that time, with the promise of much more to come.

When myself and Richard started Pierless Music we had many ideas as to where to try and take this project. Some of them have worked, some haven’t quite come to fruition and some are still waiting in the wings itching to be launched.

As you may already know, we are launching a new online Gig Guide from 1st January 2014. But for that we still need your help. If we don’t know about your upcoming gig, we can’t include it in the Gig Guide.

Send your gig details to: gigs@pierlessmusic.co.uk and tell your friends to do the same please.

2014 promises to be an exciting year for both myself and for Pierless Music.

We are still working with Adam Daly and Bob Tipler, from Hastings Fat Tuesday, on the local music charity idea you may have read about recently and we hope to have that up and running early in 2014.

We have many ideas and plans for the charity already, which we are all very excited about. The first of which should be coming your way in February. So stay tuned for further details and updates.

In the meantime, enjoy the festive season and why not try and make local music a part of those celebrations. Whether by going to see your favourite local act, or by frequenting one of those local music venues that supports original talent.

See you on the other side.

Cheers :)

The Pierless Music Gig Guide

We’re coming back in 2014!

As some of you may already know, the online UA Gig Guide is shutting down on 31st December 2013. This will, once again, create a big hole for the many local gig goers that rely on a decent Gig Guide to help them choose their evenings entertainment.

So, we’ve decided to try and fill that hole. But we need your help.

If you are a venue, a band/artist, or a promoter, we need you to tell us about your gig/event. After all if we don’t know about your gig, we can’t include it.

Please email your gig details to: gigs@pierlessmusic.co.uk

We will be listing gigs from 1st January 2014 and going live later this month. So, the sooner we have your info, the sooner we can include it ready for the launch.

The new Pierless Music Gig Guide is part of a wider project that we’ll be helping to launch in 2014. Details of which we’ll be telling you about in due course.

In the meantime, for more info on what we need from you and what we intend to include, please see:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/calendar/about-the-pierless-music-gig-guide/

Please help spread the word about the upcoming Pierless Music Gig Guide. Together we can make it a success.

Thanks.

The Pierless Music Gig Guide

A decision has been made to shut down the Pierless Music Gig Guide.

As explained in this previous post: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/the-pierless-music-gig-guide/ we never intended providing a gig guide anyway and only did so to fill a gap in the market and to help those who were lost without local gig info.

So, when it came to our attention that the Ultimate Alternative had resurfaced and was providing a Gig Guide once again, albeit only as a website, we started to question whether it was worth coninuing with our own.

After discussions with The UA, Pierless Music have decided to shut down our own gig guide and provide you with a link to The UA’s guide, with their permission.

Just click on the ‘Gig Guide’ link to find it, the same as before:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/calendar/

You can also find info there about how to get you gig, or event included in the guide.

Pierless Music would like to thank all of those who have supported our Gig Guide in the past. We’d also like to say a big thank you to Lily Foster who has looked after our Gig Guide for us. Without her it wouldn’t have worked the way that it did.

The Pierless Music Gig Guide

Since we started Pierless Music, one topic of conversation/question has been right at the top of the pile, that being “Are you going to be doing a Gig Guide?”

To be honest, that wasn’t a part of our plans. But, as i suspect all of you will know, just as Pierless Music launched, the ‘Ultimate Alternative’ shut down. This left a huge gap locally, especially when it came to an easily accessible gig guide.

I even wrote about this at the time of the UA’s demise:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/blog-posts/andy-gunton-2/the-ultimate-alternative/

As so many people have said, the Hastings area really needs a decent Gig Guide. So, we’ve decided to try and provide one for you all.

You can find it by clicking on the ‘Gig Guide’ link above this page. Or, by clicking here: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/calendar/

But, we need your help….

As you can see, we have already started to collate, collect and post some of the gigs and events that we’ve seen by trawling through our Facebook event invites etc. But, we know that there is far more out there that needs to be mentioned and publicised and this is where you come in.

If you are a promoter, pub, bar, club etc and are putting on a gig, or gigs please let us know.

If you’re a band, or artist and are performing at a local venue, please let us know.

We have even set up a dedicated email address for any gig dates and information, it is:

gigs@pierlessmusic.co.uk

Easy isn’t it?

Obviously, the sooner we have your gig info, the quicker we can post it and help publicise it.

There are only a couple of things that you need to know:

1 – Gigs and Events need to be taking place in the Pierless Music area. This basically means the traditional ‘1066’ area. Think Pevensey through to Rye and Hastings up to around Robertsbridge.

2 – We will accept non gig related events, but gigs will always take preference.

3 – Gigs do not need to be of only original music. Although Pierless Music is primarily here to support original local music only. We do feel that, for the purposes of a Gig Guide, all gigs need to be covered.

4 – As with all Gig and Event Guides, please check before you head out to the venue. We cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes, cancellations, or incorrect information.

When accessing the Gig Guide you get extra info by clicking on an individual event. You can also click on the ‘Previous’ and ‘Next events’ tabs to see other gigs. You can even change how you view the Gig Guide by clicking on the ‘Agenda’ tab.

Hopefully, the Gig Guide is nice and easy to use and to view.

If you have any ideas, or feedback on how we might be able to improve our Gig Guide, please let us know. It might not always be possible to do, but we will give any suggestions due consideration.

Finally, i must thank Lily Foster for all of her hard work in helping to get the Pierless Music Gig Guide up and running. It hasn’t been quite as easy as we thought it might be….

Thanks,

Andy Gunton

PS: I have also posted this under ‘Blog Posts – Andy Gunton’ for future reference.

Blog Post – ‘Music Files’ Magazine.

Does anyone out there remember a free local magazine called ‘Music Files’?

If you do, i’m sure you’ll want to read this new article/blog post by Phil Little.

Here’s a link: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/blog-posts/phil-little/the-history-of-music-files/

‘Music Files’ was published from 1993 until 1998, which is when the now sadly departed ‘Ultimate Alternative’ appeared on the local scene.

Phil Little was one of the people behind ‘Music Files’ and explains in his post the history of the magazine, how it all came about in the first place and what it was like to put together a monthly gig guide/magazine in a pre Internet and early home computing age. Things have certainly changed a lot since then.

Apart from that aspect of the magazine, Phil also talks about an organisation, he helped to found, called the ‘Hastings Live Music Forum’. This was a collection of local musicians trying to help promote and secure the local live music scene.

Maybe we could do with something like that in 2012?

Thanks to Phil for his article and we hope to be featuring some more posts from him in the future. Give his article aread, it’s like stepping back in time.

For the uninitiated, Phil Little has been a drummer and campaigner on the national live music scene for a number of years now and even found time to start ‘Sambalanco’, that wonderful Samba band that you see at all those local events.