The future of concerts

I read this yesterday. Bob Lefsetz – one of the smartest voices around when it comes to the music business. And one or two other things, depending on your point of view.

And it seems concerts as we know them, especially the big ones, may not be coming back until 2021. An educated guess, but that’s all we have for now.

So people are going to have to get creative. Because as Lefsetz says, concerts/gigs are about more than the music. Its the dressing up, the social interaction, the scene, the craic. And while we can get plenty of music online, the rest of the stuff is a bit harder to find.

But hold on a minute. Rather than focusing on what we can’t do, let’s have a think about what we can now do in relation to concerts/gigs that we couldn’t 2 months ago.

We can go for free.

We can share the experience with friends/family from all around the world.

We can watch them in our own time.

And let’s face it, there aren’t any of the old type of concerts happening for a while, so we may as well make the most of what we have.

This coming Thursday is our first venture into the online gigging world as a theme night. There are new rules, new challenges, but we have been working very hard to bring you something fresh, something entertaining, something that just might work in the current climate.

So – Theme Night #26 – Ireland in Song will take place on Facebook Live this coming Thursday 23rd April at 8pm. On my page, and that of The Hawk’s Well Theatre, The Sligo Musicians Online Festival Community, and Ocean FM, as well as being broadcast live on the latter.

So tell your friends. Especially tell the ones with a Sligo and an Irish connection who are away from home at this time. Get dressed up if you want. Make it an occasion. And share it with them. And with us.