Dark WordPress Themes for Bands & Musiciansby Paulius RasytinisWordPress Portfolio Themes, WordPress Themes 24 Comments
WordPress platform has always been user-friendly, but together with the powerful WordPress themes, it has also become designer-friendly, restaurant-friendly, charity-friendly, etc. Theme developers have a lot to offer, even if you have some very specific requirements.
I prepared a list of incredible dark WordPress themes for bands and musicians, who want to have great design and many options to make them more unique. These themes have the latest WordPress 3.0 features and almost everything a band would need out-of-the-box.
Many people are already familiar with themes that have extensive options panel, but if you haven’t tried them yet, don’t worry, they have very straightforward interfaces to help you to get the most of the available settings.
Foxhound’s Dark n’ Gritty WordPress theme is built for bands and musicians looking for something to be as gritty as their tunes. It comes in 4 different colours, the ability to upload your own promo pic into the header, and link to your social media hubs. The theme is compatible with the latest WordPress version and features, it has built-in Myspace music player, facebook widget.
Display tour dates, upload high quality mp3s, blog to your fans, recruit them to your newsletter, embed your social media links, link Twitter and Facebook feeds to your homepage & build as many pages as you could possibly want— all customized to match your band.
London Creative + comes with fully working contact form, awesome slider for your featured images, nasty spinning slider buttons, 2 message buttons under the slider and PrettyPhoto plugin (better clone of Lightbox). You will also have user-friendly dropdown navigation with infinite dropdown levels, it’s automatic!
It comes in 3 different colors and has extensive and easy to use theme options panel. Sleek slider powered by jQuery to showcase your band favorite pics. Fully working contact form with field validation to get feedback from fans. These and many more features are included in the package of this theme.
Night music is a striking dark skin WordPress theme crafted for DJs, nightclubs and producers. This theme is easy to customize with built-in color pickers for you to choose the main and accent colors. A custom Soundcloud player, support for WooCommerce and GigPress. It’s a whole package, perfect choice for a full featured music website. Night music is responsive too, so it looks great on a wide range of devices.
Simpro is a uniquely designed dark WordPress theme packed with features and backed by a powerful theme framework allowing you to change more than 100 style and content options quickly and easily. Simpro is cross-browser compatible, W3C validated, supports WordPress 3.0 custom menus, has 5 different homepage views to choose from, 12 awesome skins, powerful admin panel.
Foxhound’s Grammy Theme is perfect for the band that wants their website as professional as they are. It comes with 8 different backgrounds which completely change the vibe of the theme. You have the ability to upload your own promo pic into the header or choose to have a slider which allows you to cycle through more pics or advertise your latest album.
The possibilities are endless with WordPress. Display your bands tour dates, sell your merch, add your biography and music videos, embed your SoundCloud tunes, blog to your fans, recruit them to your newsletter, embed your favourite social media links, etc. Download link to the original photoshop files is available so you can edit the theme right from the source.
TypeMagz gives musicians and bands a nice magazine look with a good color contrast that makes your posts stand out and easier to read. It comes with theme administration panel and is tailored for journalists, musicians and online magazines. Your front page is designed to show many informative elements from posts, tweets to flickr photos. This theme makes a complete package for your magazine one-stop solution.
Indie Fest is an epic band theme that was designed especially for indie rockers, folk artists and outdoor music festivals. It’s cheerful, laid back, summery — whatever you need it to be. Indie Fest is big, bold and takes customization to a new level. 8 backgrounds, 17 main colors and 15 accent colors which can all be mixed and matched.
Indie Fest has got all the features you want as a band: GigPress for your tour dates, a Facebook feed, a customized twitter feed, a SoundCloud player for your music, the option to upload mp3s, a newsletter sign-up. Aside from all that, WordPress is the perfect platform for blogging, posting videos, showcasing band members, uploading photo galleries, and selling your merch.
Very powerful, well organized and super easy theme to maintain for all the bands and musicians who are ready to showcase their music, tours, photos, videos from within WordPress. It even allows you to sell your albums and merchandise them thanks to the seamless WooCommerce integration. The design is ready to scale to fit on all browser resolutions including mobile devices, so the layout is fully responsive.
The homepage has a flexible layout powered by widgets and theme options that allow you to enable or disable each and every module. You can create whatever the layout you like, highlighting only your most important information to grab your site visitors attention.
The template is perfect if you are able to produce more content than just a few photos from the most recent event. Its flexibility allows you to select the level of graphical intensity for your elements, from the style variation, the combination choice and widget variations. A truly powerful design.
Soundcheck is an audio theme for WordPress built with the latest web technologies (HTML5 & CSS3). This theme is perfect for bands, artists, musicians, DJ’s, etc. Featuring a custom MP3 audio player, Soundcheck allows your visitors to select, play and skip through tracks from albums setup within the WordPress admin. All tracks, files, purchase links and info setup for each album are automatically pulled into custom album pages.
Aside from the great audio features, Soundcheck also includes other useful features like video support, a unique image slider, galleries, custom post types, custom post formats, and much more. Soundcheck includes all the options you need to easily manage and customize your content.
Setlist is a dark WordPress theme designed for Music bands, musicians and anyone who want to have a cutting edge design and great features for their band website. Features include a photo carousel slider for featured articles, event calendar for schedule shows or any kind of events with an extremely easy module to add / edit / schedule events and featured articles.
The theme supports all the popular Audio Players like SoundCloud, MixPod and any other social music or video player, just copy and paste the embed code and the player will be up in your website. You can Manage your own banner ads in the header and sidebar within the dashboard administration and add your own likebox for your Facebook fan page together with your Twitter stream.
Nocturnal is an audio/music focused theme that is geared towards nightclubs and/or bands. The featured content is built to support posters and flyers. Super easy admin panel using the OptionTree Plugin, advanced jQuery animations and effects, Google custom fonts library, full screen image backgrounds and a lot more features for you to try and enjoy.
deLirium is a dark-style personal blog theme for musicians. The cool design, the extensive layout options and the clean, well-organized code make it blindingly easy to set up your professional blog. It comes with 4 different color schemes including a jQuery color switcher. Display the theme left-aligned or centred. Place the sidebar on the right or on the left in a 1-column or a 2-column layout.
Display your featured posts in a neat content slider. You set category, slider items and slider pause. You can also decide whether to display a featured ribbon in the top right corner or not.
Cult is a sleek magazine wordpress theme designed with a contemporary modern vibe. This theme takes a stylish approach to traditional online publications, with clear documentation and an intuitive design.
Cult is an excellent choice for any online magazine or review site for bands and popular culture. If your looking for a sophisticated wordpress theme with great features, you just found it.
Media Scene is gorgeous music theme, dedicated to music artists and bands. It fully supports audio and video for playback. The theme has many options for customization and is really simple to use. You may customize colors, slider, change background, choose from 25 different Google fonts, etc. Fully customizable homepage to make it look the way you want.
It is translation ready with .po and .mo files included. You are able to add albums and your visitors may listen to them and rate them. 3 custom post types and 8 custom widgets are all ready for your convenience. Ajax contact form is fully functional. 100+ pre-defined shortcodes for easy content building.
Magnifico offers a clean, sleek and profesional design. The Magnifico WordPress theme comes in 2 different color variations, a dark and light version. It also supports the new menu system offered in WordPress 3.0 with multilevel dropdowns.
Simple custom options panel, with over 30 fields to completely customize the theme. Custom Flickr widget, with alternate widget area if you don’t have a flickr account. Widget-ready areas in the footer and sidebar, with styling. Working AJAX contact form, customized from the admin panel. PSD files included.
RockWell is a powerful theme with unique features. It’s easy to use, easy to customize and most importantly – it allows you to unleash your creativity. RockWell follows today’s popular concepts of modern WordPress themes and always adds a little extra on top of that. From backend to frontend, in every idea. It’s not ready for a band website yet, but it should be fun to customize it to reach that level.
Well coded, logically structured code is empowering this bold statement amongst all WordPress themes. Helpful documentation with both video commentaries and written instructions is waiting for you in the gorgeous FreshPanel – it’s just a click away when you need it.
Pendulum – it is modern dark template which was prepared with the thought about people loving the music: DJs, producers, musicians, bands, musical clubs as well as for everyone which are fascinated by a music. It is also possible to use the template for construction of the modern portfolio.
Theme features a portfolio manager, homepage slider, unlimited widget areas, WordPress 3.0 custom menus, full video manual. It comes in 5 different color styles, supports image, video and swf portfolio items, has many useful shortcodes. It is highly customizable.
You’re busy touring with your band, writing, and signing autographs on everything put in front of you. You shouldn’t have to worry about the nuts and bolts of your website. Amped was built to spotlight your latest video, showcase your music and the show dates you need to promote. It’s all at your fingertips and built on the rock-solid Genesis Framework for WordPress.
State of the art code and smart design architecture mean search engines clearly see your content. And with automatic updates to Genesis, you never have to think about it again. One low price entitles you to unlimited support, updates, and domains you can build on.
Magzimus is a powerful and flexible theme that focuses on bands and musicians, providing blog and magazine functionality. The theme is built with ease of use in mind. All of the included features have been tested and include very simple interfaces so you don’t need to edit any kind of code at all.
You should be able to adapt it to your needs fast and easy. Magzimus was designed to be fully customizable, with just a few clicks and keystrokes, you can changes the site’s layout, colors, images and messages. Your site will be unique, look great and you don’t even need to know html or css to do it.
Type & Stitch is a dark WordPress theme, which has a very unique art style. The theme has a heavy focus on texture, and very clean feel. There is 2 very unique color styles to it, a light version and a darker which are really different from each other. Extensive theme options, color style options and many more useful features.
Live Theme is a video-centric WordPress Theme designed for live event broadcasting, community interaction, and all around awesomeness. It’s an innovative solution for bands, you can use it for your next live event or live broadcasting. You can also become a community member in theme support forums where you can discuss customization, strategy and more.
“Cubed” is a feature-packed premium WordPress theme which brings the term “cubed” to a whole new level. The theme incorporates the cube-effect, a subtle yet cool effect in your site that catches the viewer’s attention.
The administration panel is easy to use with lots of descriptive settings laid out for you. The theme was built with the idea that you won’t have to read the documentation because we know you don’t want to.
Event is a versatile dark WordPress theme that allows you to transform your blog into an events website, perfect for scheduling concerts and shows. Past and future events are managed with ease from within the WordPress dashboard, and are displayed on the homepage in an intuitive and interactive calendar.
Even though Event was created to be a CMS with a Page-Based structure, you can also run the theme like a normal blog instead. This theme utilizes timthumb to automatically resize your thumbnail images. Because of this, only one thumbnail images is required per post, despite the various thumbnail sizes used in the theme.
Backstage is a powerful niche theme design for musicians and artists showcasing their media, upcoming shows and music using hugely flexible custom widgets and audio players. This beautifully crafted layout was designed by Elliot Jay Stocks and boasts 7 alternate styles.
A home page slider is showcasing band/musician photography. There is a dedicated module to the band/musician biography, unique page templates for your discography/music archive, and image & video galleries. Neat theme integration with media attachments.
Music is an intelligent theme with unique features for the music industry. It’s easy to use, easy to customize and most importantly – it ads functionality not to be found in any other WordPress theme. Choose between a content slider or image slider for your theme. Custom calendar with single day, multi day and recurring events. Countdown timer widget that catches the eye. Get people to your events.
Caution! The theme will not provide a secure environment that will keep your music from being downloaded. If you do not want your music to be downloaded, follow Amazon and Itunes and put the first 30 or 60 seconds of your song to be sampled.
Multimedia theme with Vimeo, YouTube and self hosted video player using HTML5. Very simple and effective theme options thanks to pk2011 framework. Custom multimedia slider for any page or post as well as custom sidebars for each page, work, product and post! 100+ shortcodes ready to be implemented into the content. Sortable works, products and slides by drag and drop.
Jing is very flexible, dark portfolio theme that could easily be transformed into band’s blog. Theme comes in 12 different color variations, 2 blog styles, homepage slider, 3 custom widgets, custom image galleries, WordPress 3.0 custom menus and many more features.