FAQ

Can I submit a show? 

Please do! That’s the ONLY way to make sure your show is listed on this site and on the printed calendar. Please use the SUBMIT button at the top of this website to submit your show information. PLEASE NOTE: upon submitting your show, DIYPHL will review your submission to make sure it fits the mission statement of this site. Once reviewed, a member of DIYPHL will approve your show and it will appear on the website. Generally submissions will be approved within 48 hours of your submission. 99% of all submissions are approved. We do not approve shows based on our tastes or social circles.

When submitting shows, PLEASE, be sure you have permission to post an address before including it in a submission form. If you’re unsure, leave the address section blank and include your own email address so that people can email you to find out a venue address.
Submit a description, and feel free to include your show flyer in your submission as well!  Please be sure to note whether a show is 21+ or not. A few sad kids have emailed saying they drove out to a show only to get turned away at the door because a show was listed as all ages when it shouldn't have been.

 

Do you post every show that is submitted to you?

No! Please keep in mind that our ongoing list of events is a curation that reflects the DIY community, and is not intended to list the entirety of happenings in the area. While some listed events may take place at bars, you won’t find every bar rock show in the city mentioned here. You won’t find shows or events that are heinously for-profit, overly exclusive, or hostile to any particular group. We do our best to exclude events with bands, performers, and venues that promote, condone, or willfully ignore racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and any form of malicious exclusion or intimidation.

With that said, we strive to post the vast majority of submissions we receive. We do not pick and choose what to post based on our interests, social group or neighborhood scene. In fact, we go out of our way to scour the internet for shows we weren't aware of and invite its bookers to submit their shows so that DIYPHL feels as inclusive as possible. So if you know of DIY shows happening in the city and don't see them reflected here, submit and submit often! 

 

When do I need to have my show submitted by so that it goes on the print calendar?

If you can, try to get us your show info by the 24th of the previous month! That gives us a week to get the print calendars ready and up around the city! Feel free to submit your shows with TBA's to make the print deadline, and then later email us with updates to your show (diyphl@gmail.com). We understand that many shows aren’t booked that far in advance, and that’s okay. Your show will still go on the website calendar.

 

Will you book us a show or give us contact information for show spaces? 

No. In fact, we likely won’t even respond to e-mails we get like that. WE DO NOT BOOK SHOWS. We just list shows that have already been booked, by other people. We can’t help you. Feel free to use the show calendar to find the names of DIY venues in Philly, but you’re on your own in terms of finding contact info and booking help. Sorry! It’s just not part of what we’re doing here. PLEASE – Do not send us email asking for help finding contact information for promotors. We won't respond.

 

Can I request that a show be removed?

Yes! Please write to us with your reasoning and we will gladly remove a show if it is deemed necessary. We are only here to offer help. We won’t help if help is not wanted.

 

Why are you supporting such and such band or such and such space? They’re offensive!!

We collect information we find from promotors and show spaces that we know and respect. However, we can’t check out every single band ourselves. We do our best to stay knowledgeable about what is going on in our scene and in DIY scenes across the country, but you might know of something that we don’t. If that’s the case, and you find a band, promotor, or show space to be offensive or problematic, please do let us know and we will remove a show upon request. We absolutely respect your opinions and experiences and one person letting us know of an unsafe issue is enough for a show to be removed.

 

Do you have permission to post these shows?

Yes! Shows have either been submitted to us by bands or promotors, or have been included with permission from specific show spaces. We never print addresses or prices for shows on the printed calendars. We are merely collecting information that can be found elsewhere in public forums all across the internet or on print flyers already up around the city. We've done our best to contact all venues represented, to the best of our knowledge, to receive permission for including their shows. This website is entirely submissions based.

 

How can I help? What y’all are doing is rad! 

We would love help hanging up calendars around the city and passing out handbills at shows. If you’re interested in helping with that, please send us an email by using the contact form on this website, or emailing diyphl@gmail.com.

The very best way you can help is to submit your shows and encourage others to submit. That's the only way DIY PHL continues to exist.

 

I would love to do artwork for the calendar. How can I do that?

Please email diyphl@gmail.com with the word “Artwork” in the subject line. We would love your help! We’re trying to find a different artist for every month to design the print calendars. There's a pretty long rolling list but we will gladly add your name to it. DIYPHL strives to find artists from all across our DIY scene and is mindful of diversity when selecting an artist each month.

 

And once again, for good measure.
Will you book us a show or give us contact information for show spaces? 

NO! In fact, we likely won’t even respond to e-mails we get like that. We do not book shows. We can’t help you. Feel free to use the show calendar to find the names of DIY venues in Philly, but you’re on your own in terms of finding contact info and booking help. Sorry! It’s just not part of what we’re doing here. PLEASE – Do not send us email asking for help finding contact information for promotors.

 

Are events held at bars and for-profit businesses really DIY? And why do you list shows that aren’t all ages?

If we had it our way, every show would be all ages and at non-profit venues. However, we understand that as a DIY touring band, it can often be difficult to find a show and/or promoter that completely fit the ideal criteria for a truly accessible and earnest event. This being the case, we choose to post shows/events where the artist, performer, or band reflect a DIY spirit and ethic. 

 

Where else can we find you?

 

You can contat us directly at diyphl@gmail.com, follow us on tumblr at diyphl.tumblr.com, follow us on twitter or like us on facebook.