17 Jun 2014
I've had a long love affair with African music, starting in my early twenties when I discovered Nigeria's Fela Kuti. His unique Afrobeat rhythms and deep political message and especially his incredible live performances, blew me away and in my mind he became the African equivalent of Bob Marley. His sons Femi and Seun keep that proud tradition alive and constantly perform around the world.
10 Jun 2014
Publicly funded, world-class institutions such as The National Theatre have a duty of care to uphold the integrity of live performance and in the process ensure a rich and vibrant future for music theatre performance.
09 Apr 2014
The UK music survey last year, showing that the value of the creative industries to the UK economy was £3.5 billion a year, should at the very least register and hopefully make people more wary about building a society on the basis of automatic regimentation of children into traditional jobs...
19 Feb 2014
On the back of another great year for the live sector that was 2013, and with this year’s festival season waiting in the wings, news of another inquiry into ticketing by another All-Party Group of MPs is unsurprising, and for many working in the live sector and their customers, largely to be welcomed. There is, however, a sense of déjà vu with all this...
16 Jan 2014
Streaming is already a red hot topic for 2014, with the format having grown over 2013 and a high profile publicity campaign warming up for Beats Music, which launches on Tuesday...
17 Dec 2013
So the BBC is under scrutiny again. The House of Commons Select Committee on The Future of the BBC is meeting to answer questions, which include “what should the BBC be for, and what should be the purpose of public service broadcasting?”...
21 Nov 2013
As we’ve embraced digital marketing as a means to promote concerts and gigs, the noise that the consumer deals with has steadily increased - there is no shortage of sites offering to list a gig, but how many people actually read them?
14 Nov 2013
The Live Music Act recently enjoyed its one-year anniversary, undoing onerous restrictions placed on small venues by the Licensing Act 2003, and ensuring that the UK’s grassroots music scene stays vibrant and, hopefully, gets healthier...
26 Sep 2013
I've been watching books. Or rather, not. For the last week or so on my daily zig-zag across the capital I've been trying to spot people reading books. I think for the purposes of informal but informative data collection..
09 Jul 2013
I have always been a disabled person and loved live music. In the mid ‘90s I was at a festival and in those days, there was no access. In struggling to keep my front row place facing the stage, I got my neck trapped on the barrier. My thoughts were to get out alive and find a way of making live music accessible! I began to document the experiences of other disabled people at festivals and venues...
09 Jul 2013
We’d like to use this, our 100th editorial, to briefly cast an eye over some of the issues that MusicTank tackled in its first 10 years. Several of our think tanks have been highly topical, with points being made by our speakers that challenged commonly held beliefs.
09 Jul 2013
Creativity in music and the arts is what makes our lives worth living…immersive public experiences, daringly and passionately curated, will make our lives more liveable in a more enjoyable future.
13 Jun 2013
Traditional music magazines still play an important role, especially when it comes to building an audience for new talent.
14 May 2013
The future of music journalism? Ahhhh. It’s a subject I’m asked to speak about so much these days, and, to my mind, for two reasons. The first: people think music journalism is dead or soon will be, so I’m being wheeled out for the obituaries. The second, which I prefer, and isn’t unrelated to the first: people really care about it, and don’t want it to disappear.
12 Mar 2013
It’s been 10 years since MusicTank started. That might not seem to be all that long on the face of it, however when you consider that this tumultuous period has seen the arrival of Apple’s iTunes Store and creation of a licensed digital music market; EMI being sold (twice); Virgin, Our Price and Woolworths disappear from the High Street; HMV enter administration; Live Nation and AEG dominate live music; Top of the Pops pulled from...
28 Feb 2013
Simon and I started the End of the Road Festival from scratch in 2006. Neither of us had any background in music, but we had a lot of passion, enthusiasm and belief in what we were creating and for our first year we managed to confirm a few big names. Looking back, it's obvious to us that...
31 Jan 2013
A couple of years ago, I was sitting with Dominique Czopr, owner of The Boileroom, a 250 capacity venue in Guildford. One of her many areas of expertise surrounds the Health, Safety and Legislation issues in live music venues. She told me of a deadly fire in a nightclub in Rhode Island called The Station...
15 Jan 2013
Somehow it seems entirely appropriate that the latest Music Week’s front cover is dominated by a wrap-around advertorial for Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, an album released 35 years ago. So striking is the odd-but-iconic image of Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood as Blackadder, that you’re immediately drawn to the magazine’s top corner to check the date...
15 Jan 2013
December’s MusicTank panel debate offered a unique opportunity to get various stakeholders into a room to discuss the challenge of getting primary tickets back into the hands of fans. The ticketing market, in its current form, is not working well for consumers...
09 Jan 2013
The ticketing industry, alongside the music industry in general, is in constant flux. From the days of ticket lists on club doors, to the advent of digital tickets encased in mobile phones, innovation and creativity is always on the move. Paradoxically, despite this innovation, it is still common to see both the old entrance lists and more modern methods in use across a whole spectrum of events.
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