A few weeks ago I headed out to a local music venue to photograph and review and up and coming band. It was a cold winters night, I think there was some kind of big rugby game on, and no one turned up.
There's none of my usual hyperbole there either; I took along 5 or 6 friends and we were half the crowd. Even the bands that opened didn't stick around for the headliners. Which, if you ask me, is pretty damn rude. If you want people to support and respect your music, you gotta do the same for other bands - and especially if you're there as support for another band.
It wasn't that they were bad musically; it just seems to be indicative of the music scene now. People don't turn up to see bands they don't know anymore, creating a catch-22 situation for the bands.
But it's not only the bands that suffer. If people stop turning out to support new local music then the venues struggle to stay afloat and eventually we lose them too.
So this week, it's a short post, but one with an important message. Get out there and support local music. It's not going to cost you more then $10 to go see a gig, and you might discover your new favourite band (I've seen several new bands this year that I'm crazy into now, that I wouldn't have ever heard if I hadn't taken a couple of hours out my life to go check out music I hadn't heard before). You'll also be helping the venues survive to promote more new music, and the circle continues.
This week I've been listening to:
So what have you been listening to this week? Drop a comment below and let the world know!