Jim Carroll

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When promoters make a hames of things, part 2,356

Stick with me here people, it’s a good one. Day one, MCD book Glasvegas for their Irish debut headlining show. Glasvegas are so hot right now. Cracking album an’ all. People raving about them. They’re even getting played on Pet …

Thu, Sep 11, 2008, 10:37

   

Stick with me here people, it’s a good one.

Day one, MCD book Glasvegas for their Irish debut headlining show.

Glasvegas are so hot right now. Cracking album an’ all. People raving about them. They’re even getting played on Pet Sounds on Today FM. Now, that’s hot, boyo. People want to see them and go “wow” at their quiffs and doo-wop and thick Scottish accents.

Day two, MCD book the band into Whelan’s in Dublin for the show. Whelan’s is a compact room on the mild side of the town. Many observers go “mmm, that one will sell out sharpish”.

Day three, tickets go on sale. Tickets sell out in less time than it takes a Junior Cert student with drink taken to fall over.

Day three and one hour, MCD move gig to The Academy, the venue they themselves own and operate.

Day four, the Academy gig now also appears to be sold out. Promoters may be looking around for another venue.

While my inner Machiavelli wants to believe that this really was a dastardly plan by the promoters to get even more PR for the show, the side of the head atuned to how promoters works know this is not the case. Why waste all that time booking different venues and all that? The question really is who in their right mind, given how the media and fans have taken to the band, thought that Glasvegas would only be able to fill Whelan’s?

This isn’t the first time such a huge miscalculation has occured. A couple of years ago, the same promoters stuck Manu Chao in Whelan’s on the basis that they didn’t really knew he was. He ended up playing in the Point.

And promoters thinks journalists don’t know what they’re doing? Tsk.

Anyway, here’s a video of the band. Like I said, really liking the album.

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