One day there could be no live music venues and/or precious little live music going on. Why is this? What is happening?
Is 20% VAT really to blame? Is it the fact you can’t smoke indoors still? Did Simon Cowell’s empire change the face of real music forever by injecting electro pop music and pompousness into the psyche’s of youngsters? Are One Direction, Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber really today’s idols in place of instrument playing songwriters? As long as you look good, eh. I wish none of the above any ill, but please… there must be more to music that glamour, sponsorship and celebrity culture.
An insightful article here from The Guardian as more live music venues are closed down, with a focus on local establishment The Horn in St. Albans.
I’m not suggesting that you support us directly (although please feel free to!), but culturally, I hope live music doesn’t become something we used to do, and I hope there is still enough love for being in the presence of a really talented band playing their hearts out through big, loud speakers that you can hear, feel and get a buzz from. There are no places that compare to, or create, the sense of unity and togtherness that a great live music gig can.
“You can’t get the same intimacy when you make the room a little bit bigger and the ceiling a bit higher. Small venues are where the exciting stuff happens: you’ve got to have those places for bands to start. You can’t beat having the audience right there in front of you.”
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