|Status: This page describes an active style guideline proposal and is not official.|
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. Releases without titles, such as audience recordings, should follow the Release Group rules below for the release title.
Live Release Groups, and untitled live Releases, should be named by concatenating the date and location. The date should be formatted YYYY-MM-DD, including the year (YYYY), month (MM) and day of month (DD). Location should include the city and country, and may include an event name, venue and/or state.
Syntax: "YYYY-MM-DD: Location", where Location is formatted: [Event, ][Venue, ]City, [State, ]Country" (Items in square brackets are optional).
- 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, or if the location doesn't have a name, such as some festival sites.
- City can be the city, town or village where the concert was held.
- State is to further distinguish cities with identical names (such as Pasadena, TX in Texas vs Pasadena, CA in California) and may be referred to as a province in some countries. See State Abbreviations.
- Country is the country.
- 2000-11-29: United Center, Chicago, IL, USA
- 2007-08-05: Lollapalooza, Grant Park, Chicago, IL, USA - includes festival name.
- 1999-11-11: MTV Europe Music Awards, Dublin, Ireland - event name known, venue unknown
Multiple live releases of the same concert may be grouped in the same Release Group. For example:
- 1993-10-05: First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA (Release group) contains the following releases:
- 2008-12-07: Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL, USA (Release group) contains the following releases:
Live release groups with a single, unique release title may extend the title of the release group with date and location information as above, using the syntax "[YYYY-MM-DD: ]Title[: Location]". 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.
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. Examples:
- Elvis Has Just Left the Building - a collection of live Led Zeppelin songs, including several Elvis covers, spanning multiple, non-consecutive dates.
- A Highway of Diamonds, Volume 1: The Never Ending Tour - compilation of live tracks from many different concerts over a period of 9 years
As specified on the recordings style guide, live recordings should have a disambiguation comment of "live", and should be extended with the date and location as above. See the recordings entry for more examples.