“I hope that it’s a valuable add-on for all the stakeholders involved in a show -- the artist, venue, crowd,” says Salt Lake City resident Micah Smurthwaite. He co-founded ShowScoop because of a situation that I mentioned above (read the Show Scoop's About Us). The site launched September 2012, and the iOS app dropped two weeks ago. There are approximately 1,000 users and 1,500 concert reviews on the site.
The reviews -- much like any user reviews -- are hit-or-miss qualitatively. But, users also rate a band on a five-point scale -- Stage Presence, Crowd Interaction, Sound Quality and Visual Effects -- thus giving a quantitative benchmark for the band. Reviews are not allowed without text.
Similar to Yelp’s Elite Squad, ShowScoop offers frequent users, The Road Crew, incentives such as free concert tickets.
There have been a few shows reviewed locally, such as when Youth Lagoon apparently bombed their set at Kilby Court or when Passion Pit brought a lack of crowd engagement to their set at The Complex.