Major U.S. music festival Lollapalooza is catering to hackers with its new Lollapalooza API and a contest. Even though music may be of interest to those who program, music festivals normally don't fall under our purview here at ProgrammableWeb. We're excited that this acclaimed music festival is making its data available to the public this year so developers can build applications involving their scheduling and artist info.
The API was created by DoStuffMedia, the company behind Lollapalooza's custom schedule and artist discovery tools. From the looks of things, Lollapalooza might be the first of many music events from DoStuffMedia with APIs. The API requires an API key (get one here) for each event, such as for Lollapalooza 2011.
To encourage developers to make cool apps with Lollapalooza data, it's sponsoring a contest to help promote the new API as well. Hack Lolla is offering VIP tickets to the festival to several winners, as well as airfare for the grand prize winners.
Here's how ReadWriteWeb described the API:
I don't know about you, but when I hear the word "Lollapalooza," I think about beer, grunge rock and application programming interfaces. Wait, what?
Okay, so maybe an API isn't exactly what comes to mind, but this year, the rock festival that once helped propel bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam is looking to launch something else entirely: an open API chock-full of real-time scheduling data, stage geolocation and more.
One could do all kinds of fun things with this. I personally would make an app integrated with Facebook and Foursquare to plan where I wanted to be, share it with my friends, and use other people's plans to know where my friends at the concert will be. Otherwise, one could possibly make a game out of it using Gbanga and the Lollapalooza event list to make a fun quest.
I look forward to seeing what else will come from this awesome API. With a little more coverage and integration, it could change how people attend concerts.