Harkive 2016 – Tuesday 19th July – 2 weeks to go


On Tuesday 19th July Harkive will once again be collecting stories from music fans around the world. This will be the fourth time Harkive has run, and 2 from weeks today we hope that you will get involved.

Since launching in 2013, the project has gathered over 8,000 unique stories, creating a unique snapshot of how, where and why we listen to music. We’d like Harkive 2016 to be the biggest one yet, and you can help us do that over the next two weeks by spreading the word, on and offline, amongst your family, friends and colleagues. More importantly, you can help by telling us your story on 19th July.

If you’re new to Harkive, here are some of the things you need to know….

How, Where & Why

The project aims to collect stories about How, Where and Why you listen to music on a single day. We’re interested in the places and situations you find yourself in, the technologies, devices and formats you use, and the way that music makes you feel. It’s quite hard to describe all of that without telling us What you’re listening to, so please do include that also, but remember that it’s more about telling us your experiences than providing a list of songs.

Contributing Is Easy

We’ve aimed to make the process of telling your story as easy as possible, and because everyone is different you can contribute your story in a variety of ways. Hopefully there is one that suits your online habits already, and you won’t need to go too far out of your way to tell your story. You can post to social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, Instragram and Tumblr simply by adding the #harkive hashtag to your posts, or you can email your story to us. A full list of the ways you can tell your story is available on the How To Contribute page.


Just as in previous years, we’re really grateful to a number of record labels, artists, festivals and other organisations and individuals who have kindly donated items to the Harkive prize draw. Anyone contributing their story on 19th July will be automatically entered and the winners will be chosen at random shortly after Harkive day.

Example Contributions

Each year, in the run up to the big day, we post example contributions from interesting people working in and around music. In the past we’ve had musicians, journalists, technologists and academics, and you can read some of these over on the Examples page. This year we have some really interesting people lined up, and we’ll start posting these here to the blog from next week, so stay tuned.

Explore The Data – Real-Time Visualisations – Harkive API

New for Harkive 2016 is our API. This provides developers with access to elements to the data collected (NB: personal information is excluded from this), allowing for real-time data visualisations on 19th July and beyond. More info on this very soon, but we’re quite excited by this. In the meantime, if you are curious about the things people said about their music listening in previous years you can search through the Tweets from 2013-15 using the Harkive Data Explorer.

Ask Us Anything

If you have any questions about Harkive, or would like to get involved in any way, please do drop a line to info@harkive.org and we’ll get back to you. You can also find out more on the About and FAQ pages.

If you’d like to talk to us on social media, or share information about the project that way, you follow us on Twitter, or Like our Facebook page, or search find us on a variety of other platforms.

On Tuesday 19th July 2016 the world will be listening. Do join us by telling Harkive your story.

Thank you!