There are many music venue directories on the net and it’s virtually possible to find even the smallest of live music joints if you are willing to spend hours on end searching for them. When booking a tour these repertoires can come in very handy when you’re looking for places to play, but many don’t include the most essential of elements to do so: the booker’s or the venue’s contact information.
‘Indie On The Move’ does a remarquable job at handing it out to you. This website was devised by the band members of Zelazowa who have toured around the States and Europe playing over 500 shows in the past years.
The concept of the site is pretty simple and won’t overwhelm you with useless gimmicks. You create an account comprised of a list of venues, some notes and a dedicated email system, and you browse through their numerous venues adding those you would like to contact for your tours or gigs.
Don’t expect to encounter tens of thousands of venues yet but it is a work in progress. Based on a user generated content model, their database grows as users add information. And besisdes, most venues in their system are the ones you’ll want to play at (‘Indie On The Move’ only concentrates on US venues by the way).
Many of their venues have phone numbers, descriptions and ratings, but the common denominator is the bookers’ contact and/or the venue’s MySpace page. Every venues has an email address (well at least the dozens I checked), so you can easily start booking your gigs and know where you’re headed.
A very informative ‘Touring Tips’ section is also included on the site, so if you’re planning your first tour, it’s probably best to start there.
And one other thing, the service is entirely free.
Gigdoggy sends its warm regards to Zelazowa and encourages all touring bands to give ‘Indie On The Move’ a try.