The New Technology That Makes Streaming Concerts Crystal Clear

“We think quality is worth paying for,” said Robert Zimmerman, Chief Executive from the Berliner Philharmoniker as we stood in the confines of the Studio 7 production room high above the stage of this legendary concert venue in Germany’s capital. Quite right too. After all, how many of us look to the internet every time we want something and, more often than not, blag it without a thought for paying anything for the privilege. This is a bad habit we’ve all got into. Read More >>

How the Hell Does Kanye’s Flying Stage Work?

Last night, Kanye West kicked off his Saint Pablo tour in Indianapolis with a crazy flying stage. Instead of a boring, normal, stationary stage—you know, the kind most artists jump and gyrate all over—Kanye decided to float above the audience on a suspended platform. Read More >>

New Apple Patent Could Stop You From Taking Photos and Videos at Concerts

If you’re the kind of person who takes lots of photos and videos at concerts, your days might be numbered. Apple has been granted a patent that would let the company to disable photo and video capturing in places where it’s frowned upon. Read More >>

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Will Live Concerts Make You Want to Strap VR to Your Face?

With virtual reality headsets finally trickling out to the masses, content creators are searching for the Next Big Thing beyond gaming. Is it 360-degree film, in-depth immersive journalism, or next-level live coverage? NextVR and Live Nation are betting big on the latter with plans to stream hundreds of live concerts of over the next couple years. Read More >>

Kanye West Jumped Into a Lake and Fell Over

An open air Kanye West concert in Armenia ended in the sort of baffling confusion that has become the man's trademark of late, after he launched himself into a lake and caused the concert to be abandoned shortly after he'd started. Read More >>

“Immoral” Miley Cyrus Concert Banned by Dominican Republic

Residents of the Dominican Republic who wanted to see the barely-covered groin of a popstar thrusting at speeds of up 350bpm are currently rather sad, after the nation's government banned a Miley Cyrus concert on the ground that her tongue/crotch routine is somewhat vulgar. Read More >>

Do You Use Your Phone At Concerts?

In some ways, it's a cardinal sin. In other ways, it's understandable. There's a whole world of difference between tweeting between sets to try and inflame your friends' jealousy, and holding your gargantuan phablet above your head for three or four songs at a time, blocking the view of those behind you, and capturing video that is so low quality that no one will want to watch it. Ever. Read More >>

Why It’s Sometimes Best Not to Digitally Document Every Exciting Life Event

Over the weekend I attended a concert—the Deftones opening for System of a Down—which I was hell bent on documenting, thoroughly, using my iPhone. All through the Deftones' set, I snapped pictures and took video. Then it started to pour, with thunder and lightning very nearly cancelling the rest of the show, even before SOAD took the stage, and my phone was temporarily fucked via water damage, primarily in the camera functionality. Read More >>

How to Use Your Smartphone at a Concert Without Being A Jerk

Standing behind a giant person at a concert is an old, analog problem. Today's audience angst comes largely from a blinding mass of giant phones. All around us undulates a constant sea of LCDs. Annoying! You can use your smartphone at a concert, but don't be unbearable. Read More >>

StagePage Preserves Your Concert Memories for the Ages

Lose your ticket stub? Can't find that old shoebox with your concert mementos? Documenting concerts you've attended is now possible with just a few smartphone swipes, so you can relive your favorite moments and keep track of who you saw, what they played, and what you thought about it. Read More >>

Outlisten Wants to See Your Shaky Cellphone Concert Videos

Attending a show is different now. Everybody's holding up a cellphone shooting video instead of watching and listening. This doesn't have to be a 100 per cent bad thing, however. Read More >>