When posting gig info, please make sure to include links to any relevant pages when you cite albums, artists or labels. This is the *Inter*net after all - everything can be cross-referenced, and giving people the chance to go and explore these links can be a big help in convincing them to come to the gig!
Just write links with the URL tags thus: [[i:c5d81b8c48][/i:c5d81b8c48]url=[colour=666666]http://www.addressgoeshere.com/[/colour]][colour=666666]Artist/Album/Label name[/colour][/url]
Here's an example:
[quote:c5d81b8c48]Part folkie, part music not belonging to or affiliated with a major record company-rocker, part comic book artist, how does indigenous New Yorker [url=http://www.thejeffreylewissite.com/]Jeffrey Lewis[/url] do it? With artistic and literary projects all over the map (an illustrated rhyming history of Communism, lectures on the comic book Watchmen, even an illustrated biography of Barack Obama). With his recent album of anarcho-punk covers [url=http://www.last.fm/music/Jeffrey+Lewis/12+Crass+Songs]12 Crass Songs[/url] still making waves, Jeffrey has somehow managed to ﬁnd the time to record his best album yet.
[url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/rc54]‘Em Are I by Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard[/url] is a triumph with his comic/tragic lyrics straight from the heart, and guitar style ranging from ﬁnger- picked roots to outer-space swoops.
[url=http://www.last.fm/music/Peter+Broderick]Peter Broderick[/url] is a musician/composer from Portland currently residing in Copenhagen where he plays violin in the [url=http://www.efterklang.net/]Efterklang[/url] live band and whose third album [url=http://www.last.fm/music/Peter+Broderick/Home]Home[/url] has recently been released on the [url=http://www.bellaunion.com/]Bella Union[/url] label.[/quote:c5d81b8c48]
Too right, this would be dead handy if everyone did it!
Sadly, this seems to be beyond an awful lot of people on here.
You'll probably find the time it takes to do it is the reason its not done. Certainly is for me!
I did that example in about 2 minutes. If a promoter thinks that's not worth it to better inform and entice the audience, I'd ask why even post at all?
A quick look on the artist/label website (via Google if need be), last.fm and myspace would provide all the linkage you need to let people go and explore the artists' music.
To be honest, I agree with Karen.
Having to link things in this format for Fastfude etc, then html for elsewhere, and some cr*p for facebook is time consuming.
I'd hope that decent linkage (band website, myspace, last.fm) might lead anyone who knows their arse from their elbow on to further reading, if required.
But we're talking about [i:cc37d70eba]minutes[/i:cc37d70eba] of effort here, no?
A bit of extra work, sure, but not exactly sysiphus, shirley? The payoff is potentially more interest in the gig and this more punters.
I'm with Rog on this one kids - it really isn't much effort.
That being said, sometimes I think the link colour (ie bright white) doesn't stand out enough from body text on this site.
It wouldn't be aesthetically pleasing to make it a more garish colour though, so I'll shut up.
Do people actually click on the links, or is it better to paste a quick synopsis of the band?
thanks for that Rog, being a little bit thick in the technical dept, I didn't know how to do that and so everytime i tried to put up a link it didn't work.
I would think if you are getting the chance to advertise for free, you would want to utilise as much of the advert as possible.
A long review on the band will largely be ignored, but a link to their music could be the difference between 2 people and 200 people turning up at your venue.