Rock bands stay at home

Random thoughts while preparing a budget/expenses for a forthcoming tour.

The price of fuel is rocketing, airlines fares are escalating and governments are imposing stricter controls on granting entertainers work visas.

At the same time the US is developing a very lucrative festival circuit of its own.

I predict that in a couple of years time you will see hardly any non-domestic acts on the either the European or US festivals.

Why spend all that money on visas and airfares when you can stay in your own continent and still reach out to 20,000 people at a time?

This may be a disappointment for music fans but has to be a good thing for new talent, especially in the UK. By removing the competition from the touring US acts, UK’s new bands may have to a bit of room to develop into world-class touring acts themselves.

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