Bandsintown in Reality View

Bandsintown in Reality View

Bandsintown is a service where users can find concerts and performances near them. Apart from serving location based information, the site also offers rich possibilities for registered users to interact with each other and filter events, based on or Pandora user profile. Visit for more information.

Bandsintown Layar is an Augmented Reality layer which is loaded in the popular Layar application, currently available worldwide on Android powered devices and soon available for iPhone as well.


What is it anyway?

Bandsintown Layar finds concerts and performances which will take place within a certain distance from your current location. It then displays the results as a Reality Layer (in the camera view of your phone), on a map or in list view in the Layar application.

How do I install Layar?

On Android powered devices: open the Market app and search for Layar. Install the application directly on your phone, it’s free!

Alternatively, follow the link or use the image as outlined in the next item.

Encoded uri: layar://bandsintown

Open Layer with Bandsintown

How do I access the Bandsintown layer?

Start the Layar application and open the Layers tab. Now open the Search tab and search for bandsintown.

If you installed a barcode reader on your android phone, you can take a picture of the QR code (image to the right) to open the Bandsintown Layer.

If you have not installed Layar yet, you will get a web page with a direct link to the layar app in Android market.

Viewing this page from your mobile device?
Nice, just click the QR code image to open the Bandsintown Layer link.

Bandsintown in Reality View

Bandsintown in Reality View

How do I find concerts and performances?

When you open the layer, you will be presented with a filter settings screen, where you choose how many days in advance you want to look ahead and within what range you would like to look for venues.

When you are satisfied with your settings, press OK and Layar will load the Bandsintown using these settings. If you get too little or even no events, you may want to revisit this filter dialog and increase the look ahead period, the search range or even both.

Known limitations

All results are retrieved from the Bandsintown service and update once per 24 hours. There are some known limitations:

  • Venue location accuracy; while most venues are exactly positioned at their street address location, some are not and may be shown at some random position near a local area’s center (e.g. center of a neighborhood). Please make sure that the venue’s location is correct before using map view or the “Take me there” menu option.
  • Only the first event per venue is shown; for instance if a popular venue has performances tonight, tomorrow and the day after, only the performance tonight is shown in the Layar results. To see more events taking place at the venue, select the action menu option: “More at venue name” (see below).


The Actions menu opens when you select (click) the result description (at the bottom of the screen in Reality View). The following actions are available:

  • Concert at Venue name; this action is only available if there are still tickets available for the event. When you select this menu, you get an overview of available tickets and services where you can buy tickets. There is also a “Email Link” option, which lets you send a link to the ticket service to yourself or a friend in order to open the information on a more convenient desktop computer.
  • Artist name on tour; takes you to a web page where all concerts or performances by this artist are shown. From there you can get more information about those concerts or send a link per email.
  • More at Venue name; gives you an overview of all concerts or performances at this venue. From there you can get more information about those concerts or send a link per email.
  • Take me there; opens the local mapping application on your phone where you can plot a route to the venue. Be sure to check for correct location of the venue, see limitations in this FAQ.

Note: all detail pages are directly retrieved from so all content as displayed is up to date with the current information at the Bandsintown website.

Cool, can a similar layer be built for my geo-enhanced data?

Sure, Layar has opened up their API and you can get started by registering for an API key and get familiar with the API docs on the developer wiki.

Alternatively, you can contact me with your ideas and we’ll discuss the possibilities.

Please note that all data is provided by Bandsintown. is not responsible for any errors in the data or locations. Please make sure you understand the limitations and double check accuracy before making decisions.

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