The best concerts take place in small venues!
Many are spending ridiculous amounts of money to see the big stars of the 70s, 60s or 80s at the big venues such as the Hydro Glasgow, O2 London and others.
This is Big Business Music!
The issue is though that many of the best gigs are often at those intimate smaller venues.
~Who wouldn’t want to see Arcade Fire at Glasgow’s Barrowlands or Radiohead at a small London venue?
~Now with the master lyrical bard Bob Dylan – I have seen him play the huge dark and characterless Glasgow SECC and at a smaller Braehead arena. He was so much better at the smaller venue, there si no doubt of it.
~Also Paul Simon at the Clyde Auditorium, and he was wonderful at this smaller venue.
A few of my best smaller venue gigs –
~ Scots storytellers Michael Marra at the Mugdock theatre, Dick Gaughan at Milngavie folk club,
~ The Caledonia soul of Blue Rose Code impressed also at my folk club; Rab Noaeks at a house party, Radiohead at the Edinburgh festival.
This is not to say that I have enjoyed some incredible music experiences on the bigger venues or open air stages and tents. Its just that we don’t necessarily have to pay mega bucks to see an artist we admire. The other trick is to see emerging talent before they hit the big time and simply enjoy them in a more intimate setting.
Or to hear the really talented songwriters and musicians who prefer to play the smaller circuits.
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