No More License

It has been announced today that John Penrose has revealed a proposal which means pubs, bars, clubs and even schools won’t need to apply for an entertainment license if they wish to put on live music. Feargal Sharkey (Chief Exec of UK Music) stated “We’re optimistic that this will be positive news for the industry and especially for emerging talent… I’d wager that all of the Mercury Music Prize nominees started their careers playing in pubs or clubs”. This means the small venues would save (on average) £1,600 a year by not needing the license. I’m for this proposal; hopefully we will get some real talent coming through.

 

 

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The Best and Worst Gigs

I like to flitter away my money on going to concerts, so I thought I would give a list of my top 5 best and worst performances.

We’ll start with the Bad:

  1. Warpaint – Anyone who read my Leeds Festival 2011 review will know what I made of this band that makes you suicidal.
  2. Bromheads– They tried their best bless ’em, on a positive I got to meet the drummer.
  3. McFly – I swear I was forced against my will with a gun pointed to my head. Still lots of alcohol numbed the pain (and screaming from my friend).
  4. The Qemists – Just shocking.
  5. Dizzee Rascal – Saw him at Leeds Festival 2010 and whilst some of his songs are ok, he just brought out the t*** in people.

Now for when spending the dosh makes it worth it:

  1. The Libertines – All dreams came true when The Libertines got back together and they didn’t disappoint.
  2. The Subways – It was raw, sweaty and powerful.
  3. Queens of the Stone Age – Josh Homme is one of the best guitarists
  4. Bright Eyes – Fulfilled my teenage dream seeing one of my favourite artists.
  5. Cage The Elephant – What an excellent front man.
  6. The Felice Brothers – OK this is a slight cheat but I got to see them on my birthday, was at the front,  painted the town red  and got to talk to the drummer.