Sometimes I sit down to write a review and realise that there is probably not much point. Today was one of those days. On Sunday night I went to see Ginger Wildheart in Glasgow and had a rather fantastic night. However, me writing about how awesome Ginger is seems a bit pointless. If you wish to know my opinion on the man and his music you can find it here, here and here, as well as a few other places if you want to delve a bit deeper. I’m a huge Ginger fan and therefore repeating myself is now going to be that interesting. Of course it was awesome, he’s always awesome.
So instead I thought I would do something a bit different. Before I do so though, I should mention that both Baby Chaos and Eureka Machines were brilliant support acts. If there is one thing Ginger does almost as well as writing songs, it’s picking support acts and unsurprisingly they both blew it out of the park. Despite such inspired choices, it was a strange show, for one thing the venue appeared to be running out of beer before we even arrived. Nearly every tap was off on arrival. Now I’m not sure about everyone else, but besides the music , the next most essential part of any venue tends to be its ability to supply alcohol to it’s customers. Something that the Classic Grand, a venue I usually really like, failed to do.
Of course, this situation isn’t unique, it’s become more and more clear that most music venues are no longer actually focused on the customers attending their gigs, but rather the ones that are coming in after the gigs are over and spending the night clubbing. The amount of concerts that now end around 10 o’clock in order to push people out the door and get a whole new crowd in appears to grow on a yearly basis and if they do have beer (which to be fair most do) the price of a pint is enough to push you towards remortgaging your house.
While the best venues in the UK face closure, please go and have a look at this petition, the worst ones will continue to screw the fans. For so long the attention of the music industry and fans has been on the problem with record labels, that while that has happened maybe a lack of support for venues is going to come back and hurt us. It doesn’t matter what genre of music you love, watching it live is an experience you can get nowhere else. It doesn’t matter if it’s Ginger Wildheart, Taylor Swift or Napalm Death, live music is one of the best things we do and nighst like Sunday at the Classic Grand nearly always stand as the highlights of our year. We need to support the small venues that are trying to keep this experience alive and anything we can do to do so, whether it be signing a petition or going down to catch a local band and buying a few pints, it is going to be worth it in the long run.