Help

Let's face it, we all need help sometimes don't we.

About For Fans of Bands

The aim of this site is to connect musicians and bands with other musicians and bands around the country/world with the purpose of making contact and orgainising tours and out of town shows.

Each profile page has a photo gallery, a short bio, spaces for what sort of help you can offer other bands, and what you are looking for from them, and 3 spaces for uploadable tracks. All bands must have 3 tracks or their profile will not be made public.

The important section is the influences section where you can fill in 10 bands you feel best represent your sound, influences and style. Remember don't just go with the generic big bands that are currently polluting the airwaves. Use real bands that inspire you and make you want to make music. The more obscure they are the more likely you are to find someone worth dealing with. Of course there's nothing wrong with using the radio friendly favourites but they may lead you into a world of constant, unwanted "compliments".

When searching, simply type the city you are looking for and the name of a band you feel would be worth working with if you had the chance. If indeed there is a band in that city who lists the same band in their FFOB section then they will pop up in your search. Again use more popular band to find a lot of bands or if you are looking for something more specific then pick something less well known.

FAQ's

What does "Beta" mean?
From Wikipedia
Beta, named after the second letter of the Greek alphabet, is the software development phase following alpha. It generally begins when the software is feature complete. Software in the beta phase will generally have many more bugs in it than completed software, as well as speed/performance issues and may still cause crashes or data loss. The focus of beta testing is reducing impacts to users, often incorporating usability testing. The process of delivering a beta version to the users is called beta release and this is typically the first time that the software is available outside of the organization that developed it.

The users of a beta version are called beta testers. They are usually customers or prospective customers of the organization that develops the software, willing to test the software without charge, often receiving the final software free of charge or for a reduced price. Beta version software is often useful for demonstrations and previews within an organization and to prospective customers. Some developers refer to this stage as a preview, prototype, technical preview / technology preview (TP), or early access. Some software is kept in perpetual beta—where new features and functionality are continually added to the software without establishing a firm "final" release.
What this actually means to you is this: whilst we believe that For Fans Of Bands is finished enough to be useful to all you bands, it is not finished yet, and there may be problems with it that we have not found yet. If you find one, please report it to us using the contact for below. Include screen shots, the browser you were using and any extra information you can think of that might help us fix the problem

Privacy & Data Protection

We will not personally:

  • Sell your email addresses, contact details, music, or photographs
  • Give away any of the above either
  • Use your details to masquerade as you
  • Steal your identities
  • Use your music, photographs or personal information for our own gain
  • Take any money from the broadcast of your music or images
We will personally:
  • Format your tracks so that they can be played on as many browsers as possible
  • Expose your photos and music to other bands
  • Use your photos in search results for people using this site
We may in future:
  • Use your photos and music to make you a featured band in FFOB
  • Ask your permission to use your band in promotional material printed or shown outside of FFOB
  • Where permission is given by you, use your band in promotional material printed or shown outside of FFOB
  • Place adverts on the FFOB site for third party companies, who you may be interested in

Accessibility

We try to make this site useable for everyone. If you find any problems please feel free to contact us using the form at the bottom of this page.

Cookie Policy

We use cookies for:

  • Session managing - without cookies, you would be unable to use this site
  • Google Analytics - we collect anonymised data only to help us find where people are getting stuck, and what they like

Known Issues, TODOs & Bugs

  1. Improve and expand user dashboard
  2. Adjust influence storage to allow easier summarising
  3. Messaging system needs:
    • Datetime formatting
    • Mark as Spam
  4. Need to make it explicit that you need to select from the auto-complete rather than filling in and pressing enter. OR make the search easier / fuzzier. In Progress
  5. Need band gig feedback
  6. Gig helper
  7. Contract helper
  8. Tour booking helper
  9. Non-band profiles?
  10. Payment system
  11. Report band
  12. "Band of the Week"
  13. Support for venues / festivals?
  14. Search by country? In Progress
  15. Gig / tour calendar
  16. "Similar bands on artist profiles"
  17. Advertising (sorry!)
  18. Need signup email validation before the spambots find us
  19. ...

Contact

Tell us something

If you are experiencing a problem with FFOB, please try to include as much detail as possible, to help us figure it out and fix it. Things that would be really useful include:

  • What web browser you were using
  • What time you had the problem
  • What you were doing when the problem occured
  • What you were doing just before the problem occured