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Live music more popular in the UK… but… July 15, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

More people than ever are flocking to watch live music, with attendance at concerts and festivals at an all-time high.A new report found that there has been a 12% rise in audiences at live music events over the past 12 months, bringing £4bn in to the UK economy and providing a welcome boost for the music industry.


However, the report also found that there was a sharp fall in the amount of money being spent at smaller venues – those with a capacity of below 1,500. These are the venues that have been closing in their droves over the past decade, declining by 35% in London thanks to rising costs, pressures from property developers and strict licensing laws.

Am I wrong in assuming that that means that high profile names can lock into large venues and do well but smaller ones may have more trouble?


1. sonofstan - July 15, 2017

Also, with the huge growth in festivals – 800+ in the UK in 2015 – indoor venues are basically starved of acts and audience for close on 5 months of the year.
Always amazed at students of ours who will pay £200 + for a festival ticket but won’t part with £5 to see a band in a pub. The sheer amount of work bands at grassroots level have to do in terms of hustle to get to third on the bill at a pay to play is grim.


sonofstan - July 15, 2017

‘at a pay to play’


WorldbyStorm - July 15, 2017

That’s depressing. The €5 point is interesting. It’s as if there’s a fear of taking a punt – or as if entertainments have to be predictable and virtually risk free (of being mediocre or bad or whatever).


sonofstan - July 15, 2017

The latter. Also going to see something where you don’t already know exactly what it’s going to be like seems to scare the youth.

More than that maybe, whereas our initiation into live music probably took place in pretty grotty circumstances, and we bought into the idea that such places were the natural home of the music, most of them will have been introduced to live music either at fests – cos usually you can go underage – or else at arena shows with a dutiful parent in tow, the band in the back room of a pub – or even a venue such as, say Whelan’s – doesn’t have the sense of appropriateness it would for us.

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WorldbyStorm - July 15, 2017

Yeah, I know what you mean. To me Whelans still has that air of grit and mystery but for some in more pre programmed times, perhaps not so much! It’s like the Stone Roses, always liked them would like to see them but indoors in a medium sized gig not outdoors at a festival.

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6to5against - July 16, 2017

+1 to all of that.


2. sonofstan - July 16, 2017
3. liverevivesyd - September 3, 2017

Great to hear people are attending live music, although it’s a shame smaller venues and independent bands are struggling even despite the growth being experienced by established/famous bands, festivals, arenas, and other larger organisations. In a way it’s bittersweet, any growth is good however the new and small artists need and deserve support.


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