• 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…

  • When will live music return?
    Gigs,  Jedi Mind Tricks,  Tickets

    Mind Games…With A Little Help From Your Friends

    In honour of every tinnitus-inducing moment of my years of attending shows (I’ve been a devotee of live music since my first teenage gigs and also have more than a decade of experience as a music photographer) I’m gathering some thoughts and posing some questions to see how we get through this together. Today’s question is whether we can make use of something akin to Jedi mind tricks to keep ourselves intact…

  • Gigs during the pandemic
    Gigs

    The Waiting Room

    Waiting for gigs to return during this pandemic is a bit like clapping furiously after the band has left the stage, before the lights go up. No one knows if the musicians are coming back or how long we may have to wait to find out. As the audience roars, feet stomp and hands get sore, we hysterically assure ourselves – it can’t really be over! But how long are we going…