Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

Something else to throw into the state of the live nation discussion

Good news for some of you: tickets for next year’s Electric Picnic will go on sale this coming Friday. A limited number of early bird tickets will go on sale at 199 euro a pop. More tickets will go on …

Mon, Nov 5, 2007, 13:05

   

Good news for some of you: tickets for next year’s Electric Picnic will go on sale this coming Friday. A limited number of early bird tickets will go on sale at 199 euro a pop. More tickets will go on sale once the line-up is announced next spring and they will inevitably be more expensive.

It’s a common ploy and one which means there’s money in the bank for the promoters before the line-up is announced. But it also means that people will decide to buy tickets for next summer’s festivals now and not go to shows in the next few months to make up for it. There may be an unprecedented amount of shows on at the moment, but the number of shows which are said to be struggling is also unprecedented. Some of the figures I heard over the weekend were simply staggering – expect our old friend “unforseen circumstances” to have a few more airings before Christmas.

There’s already a fear amongst many industry observers that the live business is set to go through a property-style meltdown in the coming months. For all this talk of new festivals next summer (I’ve heard talk of at least two new Electric Picnic-styled events planned for ’08), there is the stark reality that the live calender is already chockablock and that the audience for new events is just not there. I think next summer will be the one where we’ll see a lot more flops and a lot more people deciding to head to real boutiue events, those small, less-than-5,000-capacity festivals which have little to do with the Oxegens of this world.

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