Choices, choices...29 Apr 2021Choices, choices... Lemonrock has its competitors, so we thought it was time to show them off a bit.Lemonrock's aim is to help venues, bands, musicians, and people who love Live Music.In the last 2 years we have invested heavily in our IT infrastructure, so our gig guide is fast and easy to use.But please don't take our word for it... here are some other gig guides for the UK. Some sites are slow, some are mobile-unfriendly, so please be patient... and, when you're finished browsing, join Lemonrock if you want to get your gigs out there. We list live music all over the UK, make it easy to post gigs, and we're Google search-friendly, so your gigs are easy to find by local fans and customers. We send gig alerts directly to your fans' and customers' mobile phones.We look forward to welcoming you to Lemonrock - the UK's best Live Music Gig Guide!https://www.lemonrock.com/join.php-- Other UK Gig Guides --Manchester:https://www.skiddle.com/gigs/Manchester/Newcastle Upon Tyne:http://www.davysrockpage.co.uk/Liverpool:https://www.stereoboard.com/gigs-in-liverpoolLeeds:https://www.leedsgigs.co.uk/Birmingham:https://visitbirmingham.com/whats-on/festivals-and-events/concerts-and-gigsBrighton:https://www.bn1magazine.co.uk/Scotland:http://www.gigguide.co.uk/Wales:https://www.welshgigs.com/Know about another good gig guide? Let us know, and we'll add it here.Mac MacLaren, Editor----P.S. Join Lemonrock, the fastest and most comprehensive gig guide in the UK, and get a FREE 30-day trial!https://www.lemonrock.com/join.php
Off Course?15 Apr 2021Off Course? A few members have noticed that their gig guides are showing gigs further afield than usual.Do not worry. This is deliberate. In normal circumstances, you will see gigs in your chosen area - usually 20 miles around where you live.We want Lemonrock's reach to grow. So, if a visitor from (say) Carlisle visits Lemonrock for the first time, instead of showing them a blank page with no gigs, we'll show them a page with gigs further than 20 miles from Carlisle. This is what's happening with traditionally busy areas: we simply show the nearest gigs to the visitor.As venues begin to put on more gigs following the end of lockdown, these further-flung gigs will stop appearing. We hope that people from further away areas will see how Lemonrock can help them increase their following, and footfall to their venues.Lemonrock is all about helping bands and venues grow their live music audiences. We're about connecting people: bands, venues and music lovers - people who love going out and seeing and listening to a live band. That's what Lemonrock has always been about. We hope you'll all bear with us during this transitory period.Mac, Editor
Testing, testing...8 Apr 2021Testing, testing... I kind of sympathise with car manufacturers. They do all this brilliant design, test every tiniest component of the vehicle in isolation and then as part of the whole machine... putting them through many extremes of driving conditions. Imagine having to constantly re-run the same tests every time your design changes, to check that your market-leading model hasn't developed a fault with the latest iteration of the steering, suspension, heating, engine, electrical system, and so on...And when every tick box has been ticked for the final time and the car goes to the showroom, and Mister or Ms Average Driver buys it and takes it back home on the A619 along a particularly nasty series of bends in the wind and rain at sub-zero temperatures, he, she, they, shouldn't worry, right?The things we use have been tested thoroughly. People design tests to put objects through every (conceivable) set of conditions.What, I hear you ask politely, does that have to do with this here website?Well, folks... sometimes I wish I was a car designer. At least you know that your esteemed customer isn't going to drive your product through a giant strawberry jelly, or put it in the microwave to dry it. You have to draw the line somewhere in your testing, and hope that Mister or Ms Average isn't a complete sociopath. (I wanted to write psycho, but that's old-fashioned now, like hyphenation).I haven't yet witnessed Lemonrock users trying to push the App through strawberry jellies, or see how it behaves in the microwave, but you just don't know what some people are going to do with your product - in this case, a program written by a human and run by a computer. But sometimes, people do amaze me. "My page has gone" is a common one. What? Your page? Let me check... noooo, it's still there, look. OK? Turns out they could see the page all right, but couldn't edit it because they weren't logged in, and didn't realise they weren't logged in. Because we had logged them out, and they had missed our email about that. Or maybe the email never reached them. Or maybe it did, and they were tired and thought it was spam or a message from their accountant. I'll never know. There are just too many variables to be able to know every condition. And please remember that when you next decide to drive your Ford Focus into a giant dessert. Or desert.Having said all that... we currently have zero outstanding bugs on Lemonrock. They have all been fixed, dozens of them since January. So far, we haven't had to deal with any jelly or microwave incidents. I'm on standby.Mac
Not Fooling Around1 Apr 2021Not Fooling Around During lockdown, Lemonrock has had a serious investment of my time, 5 solid months of it. I have updated software, made security improvements, and added lots of nice new features to make adding and maintaining band and venue pages quick and easy.As well as free instant gig alerts to music fans' mobile phones, Lemonrock now gives band and venue members:* in-page editing of gigs* in-page editing of gig descriptionsAnd, as Mr Praline has already pointed out, it's an App. Lovely plumage, the Lemonrock App.Add it to your home screen. You'd be a fool not to.Mac
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