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Acts touring that don't come here

Discussion in 'General' started by scutter, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. scutter

    scutter BANNED for bein a prick Supporter

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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.
     
  2. ann post

    ann post Well-Known Member

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    belfast is here.
     
  3. ann post

    ann post Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  4. scutter

    scutter BANNED for bein a prick Supporter

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    not according to wikipedia
     
  5. scutter

    scutter BANNED for bein a prick Supporter

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    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).
     
  6. ann post

    ann post Well-Known Member

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    the distance from dublin to belfast is a pittance compared to how much westies like myself travel to see gigs in dublin. 7-8 hour round trip for me to see a gig in dublin. it annoys me that touring bands dont come to my front lawn too.
     
  7. scutter

    scutter BANNED for bein a prick Supporter

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    fair point. But I take the fact they don't play a show in the republic of Ireland as a slight on the entire country. Because I'm a big rah head.
     
  8. Lili Marlene

    Lili Marlene Sleeperbloke Contributor Supporter

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    and Joanna Newsom has the cheek to play a big fucking harp
     
  9. ann post

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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.
     
  10. ann post

    ann post Well-Known Member

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    john wins.
     
  11. scutter

    scutter BANNED for bein a prick Supporter

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    yea, Newsome is only a bollox anyways. Fuck her
     
  12. Stan Bowles

    Stan Bowles Well-Known Member Contributor

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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.
     
  13. Moods For Mallards

    Moods For Mallards Well-Known Member

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    Have Sloan ever played here?
     
  14. moose

    moose Born to raise hell. Staff Member Supporter

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    Didn't she(Joanna) play here a few years ago?
     
  15. Lili Marlene

    Lili Marlene Sleeperbloke Contributor Supporter

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    yeah, the olympia. total sap
     
  16. scutter

    scutter BANNED for bein a prick Supporter

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    yes, and a great show it was too. How quickly they forget. But she has a new album now, and a new tour, so she needs to come back and play again.
     
  17. ann post

    ann post Well-Known Member

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    didnt she not bother bring the orchestra in for that gig??
     
  18. moose

    moose Born to raise hell. Staff Member Supporter

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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.
     
  19. ratmonkey

    ratmonkey New Member

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    She plays harp with her cheek? That's pretty impressive.
     
  20. hugh

    hugh Well-Known Member Contributor Supporter

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    Can also be certain acts demanding astronomical fees and the promoters deciding it's not worth their while.
     
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