Kyle Conroy

Upcoming: Spotify Playlists for Your Favorite Venues

Determined to go to more concerts this year, I wanted a better way to explore local shows. I listen to the majority of my music on Spotify, so I decided to make playlists for each of my favorite venues featuring artists from their upcoming concerts.

Each playlists is updated once a week on Monday. The order is determined by concert date. Once an artist has performed, they're removed from the playlist. I cycle through the top tracks, which means playlists will repeat every few months.

Venues

Berkeley
Oakland
San Francisco
Seattle

Missing your favorite venue? Send me an email and I'll add it to the list.

Implementation

Before writing any code, I manually created a single playlist for the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. While not much work, I knew this approach wouldn't scale beyond a few venues. Satisfied with the results, I looked into what APIs were available to automate playlist creation.

It turns out Spotify has a fantastic API for search and playlist management. One quick sign up later, I had a developer account and a set of credentials. I've been writing the majority of my side projects in Go recently, so I used the excellent zmb3/spotify package. It didn't take long before I could search for artists by name and create a playlist with a popular song from each artist.

However, Spotify does not have an API for upcoming concerts at venues. For that, I needed Songkick. They have an API, but sign-up is not self-serve. I applied for a developer account and had my key within in a few days. Using the Upcoming events endpoint, I was able to get the names of all upcoming headliners for a given venue. I then plugged that list into my code above and had an automated solution. Spotify.

I wasn't happy with the Go clients for the Songkick API, so I wrote one myself. It's deliberately incomplete, as I only needed to access one endpoint.

I deployed to code to Heroku and have the script run once a week.