Get Tickets to Your Next Concert for Free
Do you love going to concerts? Does your joy hop from one concert date to the next on the calendar? We want to pick up the bill for your next show. We don’t care if the band you are going to see would make a hipster wet his pants, or they couldn’t be knocked out of top 40′s rotation by J.J. Watt. If you love them, we want you to bask in an evening of their musical glory. What can I say? That’s just the kind of people we are.
Every month, we will be awarding one (1) $150 VISA gift card to spend however you wish. Does your need for groceries outweigh your craving for live music? By all means, stock up on those tasty Ramen Noodles and PB&Js. We won’t judge.
So what’s the catch? We want to know what you thought about the last concert you attended. Not the show from three months ago, but the one from last night. We want to feel the sweat. We want to sing along during the encore. We want to absorb the energy piping from the crowd. Build up what made this night a once in a lifetime experience, an utter bomb or most likely something in between.
Want to write about a festival? That’s cool. Since a festival is largely built up as a multi-band experience, plan to write up shorter features on each act you took in throughout the day as well as what you thought about the festival as a whole (the grounds, the weather, the rancid porta potty situation).
At the end of each month, we’ll take all of the reviews written, pass them around to our writing staff, and select the best one for the VISA gift card. The concert review contest closes on the last day of each month, and the winner will be announced on the 10th via our social media channels. Throughout the month, we’ll post the best reviews to ConcertTour.org so readers can vote for their favorites through social media. The top vote getters won’t just get handed the prize, but will make us pay extra close attention to those particular entries.
Enter your concert review using the form provided below. First, here are a few guidelines to keep in mind as you are writing.
> Tell the story. A short paragraph does little more than whet our appetite at best or at worst makes us feel like you weren’t even there. Neither of those is a good thing. Shoot for at least 700 words. Not filler words mind you, but flesh out the show as it evolved throughout the evening.
> Need some direction? Talk about the opener. Do they have promise for greater things in the future? How did the crowd receive them? In looking at the headliner, what was the stage and lighting setup like? Did they converse with the crowd, or just stick to the music? Do you have a history with the band? Is this your eighth time seeing them live? How did you first discover their music? What was the setlist like? Were parts of it surprising? How long was the show? What makes this band’s live show special and unique? Don’t just rattle off answers to the questions above. Use these as idea generators to spur on that engine in your head. Still drawing a blank? Read a few of our concert reviews to get a feel for how we construct a scene.
> Get creative with your writing. Dig in deep. Make me feel like I’m sitting in the front row with Eddie Vedder sweating on me. I want to see that vein popping out of his forehead on “Evenflow.” I want to get the visceral feel of Mike McCready playing the guitar behind his head. Your review should come alive on the page.
> Be honest. Even the most ardent fan knows that no concert is flawless. Certainly talk about what things went right, but also lay out what could have been improved. Was the soundboard guy just not on his game? Was the lighting just piss poor? Was the drummer, they picked up off the street last week, in way over his head? There will always be valid criticism about any concert so don’t be afraid to express it and build up your credibility in the process. You’re not the band’s cheerleader.
> Make it timely. I said it before, and I’ll say it again — no one really cares what happened at a show last week. They want to know what people thought about the show last night. Plan to submit your review following the concert that evening or in the morning following the show. Past noon, its getting staler than a week-old Dunkin Donut.
> Have fun. When you enjoy what you are writing, it shines through in your work. It can be a real challenge recreating something as dynamic as a concert on paper, but allow that challenge to ultimately fuel your creativity.
Now for the legalese. Writers under the employment of ConcertTour.org are not eligible for this contest. Any reviews become the property of ConcertTour.org on submission. Some reviews will be published on ConcertTour.org, and on no other publication. The original writer may reprint the work on their blog or in another format, but should state that the article was originally published on ConcertTour.org with a hyperlink back to the original post when applicable. Contestants who win will not be eligible to compete in the contest again for the following three months. Your email address will only be used for correspondence concerning the monthly contest you entered. We will not spam you in the future, or sell your address to scummy spammers.
Finally to equalize the playing field, we will give you an updated count at the end of each day to show you how many reviews have been submitted as we inch through the month. If there have been only three submitted, your chances of winning the $150 are pretty high. If there have been 30, you’ve still got this. Just make sure that review would make Liam Gallagher want to go to a High Flying Birds concert. Granted, he’ll still be snarky about it, but hey you got him to the show. I can almost feel the Oasis reunion simmering now.
Good luck, and hit us up on our contact form if you have any questions.
Reviews submitted so far in April: 4
The next submission deadline for the April contest is April 30