Local & Live welcomes contributions; in particular, bands and venues are invited to personalise their pages. This style guide describes the site's general policies on how information is presented. Please note the emphasis on 'guide'!!
What will be listed?
On the front page, we list local & live music events that have no admission fee, up to two months ahead. So that excludes paid-for gigs, DJs, karaoke, comedy and movies from the front page (but not from band / venue pages).
The area covered by the site is broadly the Canterbury City Council area; the three towns - canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay - plus the surrounding villages.
Bands and venues may include anything, within reason, on their own pages; far ahead gigs, paid for gigs, karaoke, sport, food .....
Pictures can add a lot of information for someone flipping through the site; pictures of venues are good, pictures of a band / singer can be very effective. As a general policy, we prefer photos of people performing, as it gels with our 'live' approach.
Pick a selection of images, so we can choose one that fits the page: we rereserve the right to edit and resize. But the priority is gig listings - pictures that banish vital text out of sight are inappropriate.
Please note: pictures are accepted on the basis that you own the rights, and you are granting us a license to use them. One reason we avoid 'staged' photographs (besides the fact they're boring), is that their copyright owners are much more likely to protect their rights than an amateur catching a great shot of a band at the local; chances are, he or she will be happy to see the pic online (with due credit, of course, where requested).
Most YouTube videos can be embedded in the page, and we welcome suggestions; more than three or four on a page is probably not appropriate or helpful, as they can slow page loading - especially on mobiles (if someone wants that many, they'd be better off searching Youtube!).
The most suitable videos are recent ones - they are the best advertisement we can give. One or two from the past are fine; they can give context, and round out the details - but this isn't Wikipedia, Rolling Stone or Melody Maker - This is Local&Live - and we're proud of it!
Copyright is not an issue here; if the owner has allowed embedding, then it is legal to embed (though that can change without notice). The issue is quality. We don't want poor videos, or videos with 20 minutes of boring intro. Most important, we want video that represents what people will see Local&Live! - the whole point of the site is get people into gigs - and for them to be glad they went!