Is the live gig circuit dying out?
Is the live scene struggling?
There has been recent talk that the live circuit in the UK is struggling.
The recession is certainly making a difference and many small town venues have recently shut. In the big cities the story is variable- Manchester has seen a boom in venues with nearly 30 venues in the city making it perhaps the most venue heavy city in the UK.
At the same time the national circuit, that was once thriving, has several gaps in it. The recession has made a big difference and so have festivals. Is everyone buying cheap booze in the supermarket and staying in?
The trend in the last few years has been for people to save up for the big summer festivals and there and lots of them. In the last few months several small key venues like Sawyers in Kettering or the Princess Charlotte have gone- in a few years it could be a case of key big cities with big music scenes and the small town circuit- the backbone of music gone.
The small town circuit was where bands learned to play, the grind of long haul touring is what makes groups great- as this dies out then so does the great British band. Does this matter?
The great myth that bands can survive now by letting having all their music given away for them by torrent sites so they can go on the road and sell loads of merchandise is slowly being exposed as a hollow myth.
The only people that can survive out there are the covers bands and the bands who have money before they start- is this a good or a bad thing?
Is this evolution? Does it matter if the venues shut?
Are they shutting? Or can you survive out there on the live circuit or promoting gigs?
Do you think the live circuit is dying out?
Do you prefer going to festivals or local gigs?
What’s happening in your town?
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