[chat question=”Circle of Self-destruction“]
The music scene in Aarhus has become well undermined and far, far behind the Zealand music scene. We need some major bookings to keep the cultural side of our music scene alive. We need the venues to take some changes with some major acts. Please the listeners and they will be there next time. The venue itself is not important, what it brings along the way is.
An example could quite well be like last time when we were dealing with major hype act THE1975 (UK). After an extremely successful year, they not so much as approached a booking in Jutland while they STILL had no bookings several days ahead and before their performance at Loppen in Copenhagen. A booking was more than possible.
After all Smukfest in Skanderborg chose to reveal them for next year’s version of the festival after their performance in Copenhagen but is it enough for our music scene? Do we survive only because of our brilliant festivals while they are maintaining the high level of quality in Copenhagen? It’s a shame!
This time it’s the world-famous american ONE REPUBLIC. They’ve released the album ‘Native‘ in 2013 and have been on top of the charts more times than you can count on two hands.
The boys are currently on tour across most of the globe and will also guests Store Vega in Copenhagen on February 4. That said, they wont see as much as an inch of Jutland and the rest of our country. This is even despite a booking free period of 4 days before they once again turn to the stage at ESCH SUR ALZETTE in Luxembourg on February 8 . Why?
Do we have a venue the size of Store Vega you’re probably thinking – Yes. Musikhuset Aarhus has plenty of space – lots of empty space. Sure they have chosen to host stand-up performances in Store Sal on most of the days but the huge Rytmisk Sal with capacity of up to 1,000 people is still gaping empty on both Feb 5th, 6th and 7th while Frank Hvam invites for his show in the Great Hall. Im pretty sure you won’t connect Musikhuset Aarhus with major Billboard artists, but at the same time they have some acts already – what a wonderful setting it could be!
The concert at Store Vega has already been sold out and people are now on the waiting list for a concert several months before – when was the last time that happened in Aarhus? Maybe its sometimes an internal problem from the venues more than it is an external audience problem?
Metallica plays in Horsens, Billboard giants play in Copenhagen and Herning but where is Aarhus, Denmark’s second biggest city, in this context?
With a fare of 270 DKK + fee at Store Vega, the ticket-revenue could easily end up in the same category with an invitation of ONE REPUBLIC for Rytmisk Sal. Considering the usual ticket prices at Musikhuset Aarhus, such a booking could land the fare at 375-400 DKK per person and fill the hall.
Also Train is empty from January 25 to February 12, with a capacity of 850, this should also be considered a possibility!
When the biggest players in Aarhus underestimate their own abilities and not even dare to take chances, they end up moving around in the smaller layers of artists. Thus they’ve made their entry in areas of smaller venues and end up forcing them further down the food chain.
Once again, We need these major bookings to keep the cultural side of our music scene alive. We need the venues to take some changes with some major acts. Please the listeners and they will be there next time.
Whether it is about taking a chance, I will leave for discussion at the venues – my comment : Look at those who dare. They are reporting sold out shows.
Over and out![/chat]