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Spotify testing ‘Concerts’ section in its desktop client


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We reported on Spotify’s new ‘About’ tab for artists yesterday, but the screenshot of Hunter Hayes’ profile supplied by the streaming service let slip another new feature.

The shot of Spotify’s desktop client showed a new option under the ‘Main’ menu bar: Browse, Activity and Radio were joined by Concerts. It’s not mentioned in Spotify’s blog post, and when Music Ally asked the company, its spokesperson told us “We’re always testing new features, but nothing to report at this point”.

Spotify has a long-established relationship with Songkick to integrate gig listings into its service – most prominently within artist profiles. Upgrading ‘Concerts’ to a main section of Spotify’s app suggests that something bigger is afoot, although for now we’ll have to speculate on whether this is about tickets for gigs; or videos of live performances.

Spotify has been making moves to help artists sell tickets though: just yesterday, Spotify sent an email out to users who’ve been streaming Elbow lots, offering them early access to a pre-sale of tickets for frontman Guy Garvey’s upcoming solo tour.

A hat tip is in order to @AnotherWaytoD on Twitter, who alerted us to the Concerts feature in Spotify’s screenshot – and whose way with a red arrow in Photoshop is streets ahead of ours:

Stuart Dredge

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