I guess I see enough shows to be able to draw statistically relevant conclusions on the evolution in concerts…
- concert prices have gone way up… five years ago, fifteen to eighteen euro was the norm for a band with two albums under their belt. Now I regularly end up paying twenty-thirty euros and more for the same bands. Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan were thirty at the door yesterday. Jonsi, with just one album, was 40 euros. I’m ok with that – I’m sure this is compensating for falling CD sales. I just hope the band gets a big enough cut here.
- The second encore has become a real rarity. I can’t remember the last time it happened. I’ve never been able to figure out if this is more up to the band or the venue. I know some bands simply don’t play encores – the XX for example. It used to happen all the time.
- Artists seem more approachable. These days often they come out after and sign stuff for people. Again example yesterday – Mark Lanegan usually goes straight to his hotel room after his show… who’d have thought he’d ever stay out and sign stuff ?
- While they’re more expensive, concerts are shorter than they used to be. 90 minutes isn’t that common anymore… Even bands that now have a bigger catalog than they used to now play shorter shows. I’ve always wondered how the dynamics of this work… Does a band list different prices for different show lengths?
I thought I had more useful insights but I can’t think of any more. Oh well.
One thing has not changed however – the audience stops clapping and cheering as soon as the lights go on and the house music starts playing. People are conditioned, so it’s easy for someone to decide whether there will be another encore or not. Just can’t figure out if it’s the venue or the band deciding.