Acts touring that don't come here

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Whats the story with this? When a band/act tours is it up to a promoter to convince them to come and play here, or will the act contact the promoter? It seems there are quite a few acts (american in particular) that go and play several dates in the UK and on mainland Europe, but that don't come here. 2 I can think of offhand at the moment are Wilco (who are playing Belfast, which really makes me wonder), and Joanna Newsom.
 

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i've a feeling this is usually about potential profit margins.. i.e. the cost of shipping a road crew into ireland just for one nights work is probably a little hard to recoup through ticket sales. its unfair, but just part of being geographically challenged.
 
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i've a feeling this is usually about potential profit margins.. i.e. the cost of shipping a road crew into ireland just for one nights work is probably a little hard to recoup through ticket sales. its unfair, but just part of being geographically challenged.
I thought that might be it, but then don't promoters just pay acts a fee and then recoup the cost on whatever the take is? So the act can't lose really (I'm talking the bigger acts here).
 

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newsom owes ireland a gig, folk harp being her main instrument and so forth. the harp she had on the ys tour was worth 22,000 or something though, i wouldn't fancy shipping that across the irish sea.
 

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I don't think spoon have ever played a headline show over here. Well certainly not in the seven years I've been here.
 
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I thought I remembered Ernesto and co gushing over the here being in Dublin. Anyways back on topic, dunno why acts play Belfast and not Dublin but the whole island is generally skipped due to the huge cost of ferries into this country and also short that an island of this size don't warrant being part of.

Also I'd imagine it's half and half between agents contacting promoters here and promoters here having to chase agents to get bands over here. That's roughly my experience with punk/hardcore anyway.
 

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