Today we feature a re-post of Live Music Exchange’s Adam Behr’s piece for The Conversation discussing the pressures on live music, and the context for the UK Live Music Census.
A blog post about Chinese ticket touts, known as ‘huangniu’ or yellow cows, and the reasons why concert tickets in China are selling through the roof.
In this week’s post we’re pleased to present Neil Cooper’s stirring address to Edinburgh’s Live Music Matters Forum at Usher Hall last week, organised by City of Edinburgh Council. His overview shows that that the cultural life of a city cannot be taken for granted in the face of urban development.
Last year’s LMX intern Chris Adams (aka self described failed music-maker Piet Haag ), adds to the ongoing discussion over the small venue crisis with an alternative and musician focused perspective.
Robert Kronenburg explores the idea of a ‘Music City’, a term starting to be used more widely to describe initiatives being developed by some cities that recognise popular music as a key part of their heritage and identity and as a possible vehicle for regeneration and cultural tourism.
Kevin Milburn’s post charts the shift of live activity in London from the early 1960s to the present day from the west to the east and southeast, highlighting the closure of significant venues along the way, including the Lewisham Odeon, as played by The Beatles. The post shows that such sites were not threatened by lack of use or decline but instead because of being based in areas newly attractive to investors, alongside other external factors, a story very pertinent at a time when, according to one report, London lost 30% of its venues between 2007 and 2015.
Neil Cooper is an arts journalist and critic who writes extensively for The Herald, The List and other publications in Scotland and beyond. Active in promoting, and protecting, Scotland’s live music scene, he provides an overview here of the rich variety of musical assets in Edinburgh – and the challenges they face.
The Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, on the Council’s decision to support live music within the city via the Live Music and Performance Action Plan.
Live music campaigner and jazz musician Hamish Birchall writes this week’s guest blog post on the ongoing campaign in Camden against the licensing of busking.
Catherine Tackley writes about amateur music-making from a personal point of view, touching on the social benefits of musical interaction, the changing relationship between audiences and performers, and the value of amateur music-making to the music economy.