Paper discussing heavy metal and ‘moshing’ as being part of a ‘civilising process’, part of the process of informalisation and reflecting society’s increasing need for excitement.
Paper exploring the processes of mediating amplified sound waves with a particular focus on sound engineers at festivals.
Analysis of the impact of the 2003 Licensing Act on the provision of Live Music in the UK.
Using case studies from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, this paper shows the specific problems confronting live music, with regard to policy and implementation.
Fabian Holt of Roskilde University considers the relationship between festivals and branding along with the management and control of diversity in musical and geographical spaces. In addition to being a distinct field of production, live music is increasingly becoming a topic of conversation in placemarketing, tourism, urban and regional development, and in cultural and economic policy-making.
Study on live music promoters, based on ethnographic research in Glasgow, Sheffield, and Bristol.
This research addresses the conflicting views of the health of folk music clubs using interviews with artists, agents, and folk club organisers/promoters.
Simon Frith reflects on personal experience and its role in our recollection of gigs. He considers physical mementos, such as tickets, and the emotional investment we make in gigs to look at how memory interacts with music, and its history.
Music writer Sam Saunders uncovers the realities behind competitions for unsigned bands and calls into question some of their practices and motivations.
This first in a series – Anatomy of a Gig – introduces a space for people to comment objectively about live music events that they have attended, to build a resource for promoters and musicians on what works and what doesn’t work at a gig. In this way, the Anatomy of a Gig series will review the gig as a live music event rather than reviewing the music per se. Emma Webster kicks off with an account of a John Bramwell show.