Google launches new concert listings feature

Search engine displays gig dates when users search for their favourite bands

Google has launched a new feature which displays concert listings when users search for their favourite bands.

The update shows concert dates at nearby venues and links to sites offering tickets for sale for bands and artists.

Google product manager Kavi Goel said in a blog post: “To me, music is best heard live, so it’s always exciting to find out that a band I love is coming to town.”

“If they aren’t touring near you, the new results for concerts won’t appear, but if the band happens to be coming to your town within the next few months, you can see the concert dates listed under the band’s official website.

“You can then click on the band’s official site to learn more or click on other web pages to learn more about the event or to buy tickets.”

Listings are aggregated mostly from major ticket sites, though website owners can have their concert dates included. The feature is currently only available in the English language, but will expand into other countries in the future.