So you just signed up for Back On Stage and got yourself an account. Next, let’s link Back On Stage to your calendar. This will give you access to all your gigging info anywhere you go!
Subscribing to BOS calendar is super easy!
On the top right corner of your dashboard you will see “Subscribe to Calendar” in red lettering. Click on it! This will connect Back On Stage to your Google Calendar. Just a heads up, it may take up to 1 hour for events to show up from the time you create/update them.
Once you press “Subscribe to Calendar” you will be asked to sign into your Google Calendar account. If you don’t have one, you can create one by pressing “another account” then “create account” at the bottom.
NOTE: Because Back On Stage is still in its Beta version, it hasn’t been verified by Google just yet. You may get an alert stating “This App isn’t Verified”. This is perfectly okay! We are working on it. In the mean time, press “Advanced” and “Go to backonstage.app”.
By doing so, it will allow you to continue your sign in process and then take you to your Google Calendar.
We recommend using the Google Calendar App, which you can download right HERE, on Google Play or Apple App Store. Back On Stage is designed to look the best and work seamlessly with Google Calendar.
But what if you are a diehard Apple fan like myself and insist on using iCal, please continue on with the next few steps to share your Google Calendar with iCal.
HOW TO SHARE GOOGLE CALENDAR TO iCAL
When you log into Google Calendar now you should see that Back On Stage is listed under “My Calendars” with BOS events visible on the calendar.
If you click on any BOS events, it will give you a detail view containing all the relevant gig info as well as a link to the event’s Individual Booking View on BOS. Remember what this looks like as we’ll come back to it later.
If you would hover your mouse over “Back On Stage” in “My Calendar” on the left hand column, you will see the “3 dots icon” that will give you the option to customize the calendar. Click it, then click “Settings and sharing”.
Scroll down to near the bottom and you will find “Integrate Calendar” options. Copy “Secret address in iCal format”.
Now go to iCal, under File >> New Calendar Subscription
And paste your “Secret address in iCal format” link right there.
Boom! That was easy!
Now let’s head back into iCal and see what it looks like.
Just like Google Calendar, iCal will display all Back On Stage events accordingly, but when we click into event detail view it will start to look a bit strange.
If you would take a closer look at both iCal and Google Calendar’s detail views, you’ll discover that they’re actually displaying the exact same information in HTML format. This is because Google Calendar reads HTML perfectly while iCal doesn't.
Ladies and Gentlemen, and that’s why we like to use Google Calendar with the Back On Stage App.
(This tutorial was not sponsored by Google… but, Dear Google, if you’re reading this, we love you. Please sponsor us!)