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Are cancelled gigs the new rock & roll?

In the last few days, forthcoming Irish shows from Sunburned Hand Of The Man and Howe Gelb were shelved. Now, as Lauren Murphy reports, next week’s Kid Sister show at Dublin’s Crawdaddy is a goner, as is Siouxsie’s Belfast show. …

Thu, Jun 26, 2008, 11:46

   

In the last few days, forthcoming Irish shows from Sunburned Hand Of The Man and Howe Gelb were shelved. Now, as Lauren Murphy reports, next week’s Kid Sister show at Dublin’s Crawdaddy is a goner, as is Siouxsie’s Belfast show. The Dublin date from the Banshee is still on for now.

Like, what the hell is going on? It seems that promoters are announcing dozens of gigs one week and cancelling them the following week. Is this a new way of gauging punter appeal for shows? Or is it just a case of bad timing that all these cancellations have happened at the same time (and not because promoters taking advantage of these things to slip out all the bad news at once)? And how long will it take for someone to try to pin this one on the recession?

UPDATE The latest addition to the missing-in-action list are Operator Please who have 86′d their Belfast show on July 9 due to “unforeseen¬†professional commitments”. No word yet on any changes to their Dublin or Cork shows. ¬†

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