User:Th1rtyf0ur/Style/Specific types of releases/Live bootlegs

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note: rename page/title from Live bootlegs to Live entities for generality (remove this section when/if it ever goes through :P)

Status: This page describes an active style guideline proposal and is not official.

Proposal number: RFC-STYLE-228
Champion: User:th1rtyf0ur
Current status: RFC
Initial Discussion

JIRA ticket STYLE-228


This guideline applies to live releases, release groups, and recordings.


Titles for live entities should generally follow the normal style guidelines, with the below exceptions.


Releases with a title, such as most live CDs, should use their own title per the general titles guide. Live releases without titles, such as audience recordings and untitled official live releases, should follow the Release Group rules below for the release title.

Release Groups


Multiple live releases of the same concert should be grouped in the same Release Group. For example:


Live Release Groups, and untitled live Releases, should be named by concatenating the date and location, including as much information as is known and appropriate, following the format below.

Syntax: "YYYY-MM-DD: [Title: ][Event, ][Venue, ]City, [State, ]Country".

  • YYYY-MM-DD is the date, formatted year-month-day. Month and day should be zero-padded, e.g. 2001-05-07 for May 7, 2001. If the month and/or day are unknown, they may be omitted (e.g. 1975, 2003-08).
  • Title is included if the release group/concert contains either a single, unique release title, or an official, titled release. If there is an alternative dividing punctuation mark at the end of the title, such as the question mark (?) or exclamation point (!), use that mark instead of the colon. If there are multiple bootleg titles for the same concert (and no official release title), this field should be omitted.
  • Event is the name of the festival (e.g. Lollapalooza, Woodstock, etc.) or TV/radio program (e.g. Saturday Night Live, Grammy Awards), which may be included if applicable, particularly if the event/program name is more significant than the venue. It should not be used for tour names or generic event descriptions such as "in-store event"- this information should go in the annotation.
  • Venue is the name of the location (hotel, hall, stadium, etc.) where the concert took place. This may be blank if unknown, if the location doesn't have a name (such as some festival sites), or if the event name by itself is unambiguous.
  • City can be the city, town or village where the concert was held.
  • State may be referred to as province, prefecture, etc. depending on the country, and should be included where commonly used (e.g. USA, Canada), or when needed to distinguish between cities of the same name in the same country (e.g. Sakura, Chiba, Japan vs Sakura, Tochigi, Japan, or Perth, TAS, Australia vs Perth, WA, Australia).
  • Country is the country.


Additional Notes

This guideline can be applied to release groups which feature a complete live session and additional bonus tracks (those can be live tracks from other concerts or studio recordings), e.g. 2002-05-02: Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands. It does not apply to live compilations, which are releases that collect tracks from different live sessions.



For live recordings, enter the song name as the recording title and "live" as the recording disambiguation comment. If the date and/or location is known, this should also be added to the disambiguation comment following the same format as above, under Release Groups.


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