We who are part of the live music community in Glasgow should feel incredibly grateful and honoured. To have assess to such a world of music, community and revelry is a privilege we should not take lightly, it is a privilege that many city dwellers in many other cities around the UK do not have any more, or at least have a lot less of. Around the country live music is floundering at the lower level of local, unsigned bands despite the higher end only getting bigger and bigger. Revenues for stadium tours keep growing and London’s o2 arena is the most popular music venue in the world regularly posting above £60 million in annual profits. That’s £60 million leaving the live music industry into the pockets of investors (and, to be fair, 15% to the tax payer) because people want to see the idols they praise on the instagram and on the front pages in the flesh, from half a mile away, for £100.
For many of the people who go to such events the reasons they have for doing so have no bearing on a reason one might go to a smaller venue to see local, unsigned bands from their local music scene. You don’t get glitter and glamour in some dingy club where a bunch of 17 year old’s are struggling to string together a two and a half minute song on out of tune instruments. You don’t get to tell all your friends that you saw a god, you don’t get to tweet about it and blow the world away, it is a thing which actually has to have value in and of itself. A rare thing.
We really are lucky here in Glasgow. Whilst obviously many of us involved in the scene would credit not ‘luck’ but the tirelessly hard work of, well, of us. Glasgow is a big place, but it operates a massive pull for young bands and has a string of committed and thriving small venues. It’s a fantastic asset for the city.
Long may it thrive.