Until recently I was responsible for running an online gig guide for Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Over the four years that the gig guide operated I published over 60,000 events. Collating and mapping the events was a painstaking task that took many hours each week.

Each of the events in the database is accompanied by a latitude and longitude, allowing the events to be located on a map. The animation below shows a visualisation of some of the events. The video covers events from July 2009 to December 2009. Orange flashes show areas of live music activity. Major venues are labelled. Each frame in the video covers one hour of real time.

View the video in fullscreen to make the venue labels readable.

Visualising Newcastle’s Live Music Scene from Andrew Goodwin on Vimeo.

This animation uses less than 10% of the gig archive database. The full dataset extends from Gosford in the South, to Taree in the North, and West to Merriwa in the Upper Hunter Valley. Gigs were recorded for a period of 4 years from October 2006 to December 2010.

The full archive of past events can be viewed at the NewcastleMusic.com Gig Archive.