Style/Specific types of releases/Live bootlegs

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Status: This is an official style guideline.

Note: This guideline applies to the titling of a bootleg release group. For titling of a live recording, see live recordings. For titling of a release, see the track and release titles guideline (unless the release is untitled, in which case you can use the release group title as determined below).


The following rules apply when titling a live bootleg release group:

  1. Live bootlegs without a title must be named by concatenating its date and location information.
    • Syntax: "YYYY-MM-DD: Location".
  2. Live bootlegs with a title may be extended with date and location information as follows:
    • Syntax: "[YYYY-MM-DD: ]Title[: Location]".
    • If there is 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.
  3. The location must be formatted using the city and country, and may include a venue and/or state.
    • Syntax: "[Venue, ]City, [State, ]Country".


  • The parts in square brackets are optional.
  • YYYY-MM-DD is the date of the recording including the year (YYYY), month (MM) and day of month (DD).
  • Venue is the name of the location where the concert took place (name of the hotel, stadium, hall, etc.).
  • City can be the city, town or village.
  • State is to further distinguish cities with identical names (such as Pasadena, TX in Texas vs Pasadena, CA in California) and may be refered to as a province in some countries. See State Abbreviations.
  • Country is the country.

Additional Notes

This guideline must not be used for live bootleg compilations, which are releases that collect tracks from different live sessions, e.g. A Highway of Diamonds, Volume 1: The Never Ending Tour.

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.

If a live bootleg release is recorded in the Netherlands, put just "Netherlands" as the country as per the listing on the Release Country page.


In a lot of cases the most important information for live bootlegs is the date when the concert took place. Hiding this information for bootlegs where the person who compiled the release added a title means, that it is harder to find a special recording of a live session, because live bootlegs often don't have a release date.

Adding the venue is useful for finding all concerts an artist performed in one city over the years or all concerts that took place in a special location by using the search interface. Besides that this kind of information would be lost or nearly lost when it was added to the annotation.

On the other hand, there are bootleg releases of special concerts that have a well known title. In those cases its normally appropriate to list them under their title only.


Live bootlegs without a title

2002-05-02: Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands
1993-02-12 to 1993-02-26: Pachyderm Studios, Cannon Falls, MN, USA
A studio session bootleg spanning several consecutive dates.

Live bootlegs with a well-known title

Gaslight Tapes
(may be replaced with a better one, as this is quasi-legitimate).
Elvis Has Just Left the Building
(A collection of live Elvis covers by Led Zeppelin spanning multiple dates. Should not be extended.)
1980-07-07: Eternal Magic: Eissporthalle, Berlin, Germany
A complete show, or at least all tracks from the same show, released under multiple titles [Eternal Magic, Heineken] can be extended with date/venue information, using the first or most common "title" of the bootleg.
1980-12-21: Before the Exile! Rainbow Theatre, London, UK
This shows how punctuation marks replace the colon.

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