• Mudhoney gig in London end of show finale
    Gigs,  Merchandise,  Resolutions,  Tickets

    Talking About A Resolution

    As a fellow gig-goer in waiting, what’s on your New Year’s resolution list for 2021? Resolutions are curious things. They are intentions we already hold but haven’t done anything about, usually because they are difficult or we haven’t been ready to start. They are the subjects we procrastinate over. When was the last time you came up with a completely new idea on 1 January, something you’d never had any desire to…

  • Band merchandise - Billy Bragg tea towel
    Gigs,  Merchandise

    Merch Ado About Nothing

    I clearly remember a point in my life when I drew a line under buying any more band T-shirts. It’s a line that got rubbed out and redrawn consistently over the following years. However, I have since pretty convincingly moved on to the more domesticated section of the merchandise table. I now (mostly) resist another black T-shirt with an inscrutable but vaguely threatening illustration on it and instead enthusiastically dive into the…

  • Band and tour merchandise
    Gigs,  Merchandise

    You Wear It Well…Or Do You?

    It’s been said that some acts make more from their merchandise than they do from selling tickets to the show. I have no statistics to wave at you on this front but given the price of CDs, t-shirts and hoodies at a show, it doesn’t seem too far-fetched to assume that the merchandise table can contribute a respectable boost to the tour profits (or in, the case of smaller acts, the hope…

  • Festival stage with television streaming backdrop
    Gigs,  Merchandise,  Streaming

    Substitute. Making The Best Of 2020 Vision…

    Where once there were gigs, now, in these historic pandemic times, we have….the live stream. Aside from a very few small, socially distanced experiments, the only way bands and their fans can, for the moment, share musical times, is via the screen. How we would have scoffed just a few months ago at the idea that we’d buy a ticket to a broadcast of a show. The internet has long provided us…