I love London, no two ways about it. And next week’s first Twitgigs Experiment is another reason I wish I lived a little closer (just a wee bit).
What’s Twitgigs, you ask? A Twitter-gig, of course. But for a more-than-140 character description, my friend Rax Lakhani (who’s organizing it) says it’s a Twitter-enabled experiment at organizing a great evening of live music, and using the platform to enhance the audience experience.
Three bands – Essay Like Nephew (@EssayLikeNephew), The Seal Club Clubbing Club (@thesccc), Mike Dingham (@mikedignammusic) – will be performing at The Vibe Bar in Shoreditch on Thursday, August 6. It’ll also be livestreamed on the Twitgigs Ustream Channel, there’ll be live Twitterfall projections around the venue with various Tweet-stations for those who need ’em, lots of Twitpic challenges (with cool prizes, I’m told)… and a hashtag voting system for the audience to vote for the winner of the Battle of the Bands.
Pretty cool. When I hear of something like this, though, the first question that usually pops into my head is… why?
The ever-patient Rax said, “Have you ever been to see a band and wished that you could tell them (and the rest of the world for that matter) exactly how freakin’ awesome they are!? Well, that was the initial driver behind putting on The Twitgigs Experiment. Twitter is the perfect medium to bring together musicians and music lovers.”
YES! Like Elvis!
So – how do you buy tickets and get involved? You have to follow @twitgigs (hey, this IS a Twitter-enabled event), and then buy your £5.50 tickets here (and you have to be over 18).
But wait, there’s more! Rax has generously given me five tickets to give away to folks in London. So if you’re in London and would like one, re-tweet this post, and you’ll be able to go to what looks like a ton of fun.
I’m just glad I’ll be able to follow the event from across the pond. Don’t you love technology and social media?
What do you think of events like this? Do leave a comment; I’d love to know.
Ann Marie & Angelo, thanks so much for stopping by. Let’s make sure we’re online tomorrow night!
Thanks Shonali for the great post. We’re expecting to have a great night, so be sure to tune in via our uStream channel. Unfortunately plane tickets didn’t quite make it onto our budget… but who knows, next time we may host Twitgigs in D.C.!
Rax, if you do decide to host Twitgigs in DC, you better let me know so that I can be a part of your team! What a great effort. Congrats all around!
What an amazing community-building spin-off of a tool many are still concerned may be a fad!I’ve also seen bands use video with Twiddeo (http://beta.twiddeo.com. There’s also GigDoggy –finally a Twit-free name!- at gigdoggy.com
If only those five tickets came with airline tickets!
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OK, so when are we leaving for this? Sounds like a blast and it is in London… can’t be beat that… Sure BA has direct flights from DC… ;0)