LIVE MUSIC EVENTS IN ALL THE VENUES!
Last night I had the pleasure of seeing two fantastic bands from the unsigned/independent Liverpool music scene the blossoming Meadowhead (an acoustic treat with operatic vocals) and the ever fantastic Bird. This was the second time I have had the pleasure of seeing both bands and once again I was not disappointed with their performances. Now with the compliments out of the way I can get to the “but” of this blog post, BUT 100 meters to the left of the venue housing our aforementioned bands, was another venue housing another of the fantastic local bands, Playmasta P and the Biotics (a full band old school hip hop tribute act), and 100 meters to the right of our venue was once again another venue housing yet another of the great local bands, Stubborn Monkey. (I’m pretty sure that there were more bands playing down there as well but I didn’t catch any word of them).
“With so much live music, why are you complaining?” I hear you asking, well let me tell you why I am “complaining. All of the bands are fantastic and I will happily go see them all play multiple times again, but the venues they are playing in are not music venues, they are a collection of small bars who have crammed bands into what ever tiny corner they feel like they can spare for the evening. Not one of these corners is a fully equipped stage, in fact I wouldn’t even go as far to call it a stage. Now from a financial point of view I totally understand why the bars do it, these bands bring people in to the bars, the more people in the bars then the more money the bar makes, its obvious why they do it. The problem is they are all saturating the market, and the real victims are the bands. Punters are missing out on one band because they wanted to see the other one across the road.
Before I forgot I think that it is also worth mentioning that not only are the bands there to entertain the punters, they are expected to do all the promotion of the gigs and while they are entertaining one of the members of the band is left with the task of manning the sound desk to keep on top of feedback and to make sure the levels are right.
I would be stupid to think that this little blog post airing my grievances will change anything, I am sure I will end up in another one of these bars next weekend watching another local band who have tickled my interest. I’m pretty sure that it won’t even be next weekend, it will probably be on a week night, in fact, I’m pretty sure if I wanted to I can find a band on tonight.
I know, I am just moaning now, whatever, I’d just love to see a monthly showcase night, in a venue which was fully equipped to house all the bands in one night, like the old band nights we used to have a few years ago…