Saturday, June 20, 2020

At The Drive-In at the drive-in? No thanks

If drive-in gigs are the future, then I'm not sure I want live music to come back. The whole concept seems ludicrous - even without the important detail that "pets will also be disallowed".

At the same time as Live Nation were announcing this initiative, Rolling Stone were reporting on a leaked memo that makes clear that the company is attempting to shift financial burden and risk to performers. It's doubtful that Neko Case's reaction to the revelation was unique among artists, and it certainly gives the lie to any suggestion that they're motivated by a love of live music rather than protecting profit margins and keeping shareholders happy.

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