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Tom's Website of the Week: Songkick.com

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Tom Robinson - 6 Music | 17:19 UK time, Monday, 4 January 2010

Happy new year!

Wouldn't it be cool if you could see an artist's entire tour history, or a list of all the gigs that a legendary venue has ever hosted?

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Well, two years ago, Ian Hogarth, Pete Smith, and Michelle You founded Songkick.com with the goal of doing just that: building the world's definitive live music resource.

They've since amassed data on over 1 million gigs, to which concertgoers are now adding posters, photos, videos, setlists and reviews.

Users can share their personal gigography of every gig they've ever been to - and see who else was there. You can track your favorite artists, venues, festivals and concert buddies and be notified when they have upcoming events. If you already use Last FM to track your music listening or iTunes to organsise your collection, you can simply connect Songkick to your library and in a matter of seconds you'll be tracking the live movements of the acts you listen to most.

With most major ticket outlets across the English-speaking world indexed by Songkick, it's pretty comprehensive. But what if gigs by your own band or your favourite artists (past and present) aren't listed? Why, you can add them yourself.

For these reasons, musicians, promoters and gig-goers alike (not to mention obsessive collectors of music memorabilia everywhere) Songkick is my BBC Introducing Website Of The Week.

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