2018 represents a fresh start in life, out with the old and in with the new as they say. Here are some of our musical ‘resolutions,’ a few things which we’d like to see change in the music industry this year. Albeit, it does sound somewhat like a rant for which we are very much sorry!
Its 2018, EVERYONE is buying vinyl these days. Well, that maybe is an over statement but the sale of vinyl is at a 25 year high. However, the price is no lower, if anything rising. This contradicts trend, surely with the growth in purchase there is a possibility that vinyl can be produced at a far cheaper rate, one mimicking that way back in the 60s and 70s.
Record sales even overtook digital sales at one point in 2016. They remain the final true form of music purchase in an age where music streaming sites such as Spotify now dominate. This is not too far out of reach, record players now cost far less and soon we are sure that vinyl should be in a more achievable price range!
Stop Gig Groping!
Probably THE most important point on this list, its 2018 and still sickening, perverted, lifeless creatures exist in the realms of the live music environment. There is no place for it what so ever, gigs should be safe spaces in which only positivity is welcome.
All our love goes to Girls Against and other similar causes, it really is time to stop this issue once and for all!
Music is about togetherness, tying hand in hand with the role of charity to help those less fortunate. Bands such as Sleaford Mods, The Libertines and more all collect loose change after gigs. Many festivals such as Glastonbury contribute a portion of each ticket to charity, Nottingham’s Beat the Streets Festival is another prime example of this.
We’d love to see a rise in charity collections at gigs in 2018, whether it be through guest list contributions, end of gig collections, etc, we’re all in a fortunate enough position to give back to others through the means of gig attendance.
Glastonbury was our musical highlight in 2017, something quite otherworldly to experience for the first time. However, after the sun blessed weekend in which Radiohead, Liam Gallagher and more all featured, 2018 is an unwelcome fallow year.
Thus, we’re hoping for a suitable replacement to take place during this year’s summer solstice. Knebworth Park comes to mind, a location which has already had rumours of a Rolling Stones gig. BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend is also expanding, now a four city, four nation festival. If either of these two plans come through we could be in for a treat!
“We’d love to see a rise in charity collections at gigs in 2018, whether it be through guest list contributions, end of gig collections”
Later Ending Times, Easier Licensing
Music venues are sometimes plagued by local rules and stipulations. The famous 11pm curfew is in many ways ridiculous, especially in comparison to the freedom in which other leading European music scenes are given.
Thus, we petition for later curfew times allowing bands to play well into the night. There’s nothing better than seeing a band in the early hours of the morning, something which is too much of a rarity in this country.
Stop Closing Small Venues
The small venue is under far too much threat. Rising taxes, residential proposals and sound complaints are all just some of the issues which plague small venue owners. However, economically they are valuable to the local community and beyond.
Culturally they provide upcoming bands the perfect practise ground to compete in years to come, without them many of the country’s big bands would not exist today. We hope that Eudaemonia can spread the message even more so in 2018, the survival of music venues is imperative!
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