UK Festival headliners map

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UK Festival headliners map

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As a keen festival goer, I thought it would be interesting to MAP where some the larger bands can be seen playing this summer.

I am hoping to work on a larger version of this map for a later assignment, but this is a taster of what is to come!

I took the 6 big UK festivals, Glastonbury, T in the Park, Reading/Leeds, V Festival, Download and Sonisphere and noted down all the bands who headlining, whether that is the main stage or second stage.

I wanted a clickable flash map where you could see where your favourite band was playing, and if they were playing multiple events over the summer.

METHOD

  • Find headliner information from official festival website
  • paste a map of the UK into new Flash CS4 document
  • Create a second layer and write a list of bands names down the left hand side (leaving room for further additions as Reading/Leeds have not announced any bands yet)
  • Turn each band name into a BUTTON, with the text turning red and showing red points, Festival name, and appearance date on the map for the OVER, DOWN and HIT options
  • export map as *.swf file, upload into WordPress and embed

PROBLEMS

I wanted to create a second tier to the map, where the user could click on the Festival point on the map and be shown all the band playing (marked with red boxes around their names)

Unfortunately the map was too crowded with “hotspots” and became messy

I may still simply add a list of festival names NEXT to the map, so the user can click on those and see all the bands playing.

There is a slight glitch with the map in that it has turned the FESTIVAL NAMES TEXT BOXES into buttons – so if the mouse rolls over those, it highlights one of the bands playing. (If it highlighted ALL of them, that would have solved my above problem, but it does not)

I also had a few problems working out how to embed the file into Wordress. The solution was simple

  • upload the file into Media
  • install the Kimili Flash Embed Tag plugin
  • Type in the name, tweak the size and it’s done!

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Caroline Beavon

A communication professional with 12 years journalism experience and a genuine passion for new technologies. An experienced blogger and social media user

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April 8, 2010at 4:55 pm

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caroline

April 8, 2010at 2:14 pm

I agree, I would love to do something with more details about smaller bands to supplement the high-demand information about the bigger artists!

I have plans for a larger festival data project, capacities, line-up, green issues etc. Watch this space!

Khen

April 8, 2010at 12:19 pm

That’s a very cool map. You obviously gone for the big names there and I know you said you are planning to expand. I think it would be interesting to have a map of less known / young bands which tells you where they’re from and what sort of music they are playing. linking a band’s name with a festival can increase their local credibility perhaps.

“Caroline is very prompt and easy to work with. As well as easily working from spreadsheets and piles of data – she’s able to turn them into accurate and interesting graphics. These really helped bring complex topics to life.’’ Anna Leach Editor of Ampp3d, the Mirror’s data blog & Susan Topping Group Art Director – Nationals Magazines and Supplements