London’s 2012 Olympic Games in August have meant two of the UK’s biggest rock festivals, High Voltage and Glastonbury, are not going ahead this year. However on the first weekend in July (7 and 8), one of the most illustrious line-ups of prog bands ever seen in London will be playing at a brand-new, custom-made festival Celebr8. DPRP’s Alison Henderson speaks to the organizers: Jon Patrick and Geoff Banks, plus Kerry Kompost from Mars Hollow, who make their first appearance only 2012 appearance at the festival

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  1. Theresa says:

    I find it interesting that today so many pelpoe, usually those who don’t perform, think that the be all and end all for tomorrow’s musicians will be live performances that opportunities to perform live will be so enhanced due to the tools available on the Net that musicians will be able to make a living’ even if all other traditional sources of income are severely reduced or disappear entirely thanks to technology.First of all, I would like someone to define making a living’ in monetary terms, and then, I would like to know just how long in this era of click to delete’ disposable music artists should be lead to believe they can make this so-called, living..Nextly, I would like to know just where the 10 to 20,000 artists Andrew mentions are going to play? Where are all of these venues that are going to book these pelpoe and the 10 to 20,000 that will be coming in right behind them. They don’t exist. Come on, there is no room out there for today’s wannabes to live the dream of making a living’ playing shit holes.I personally know a lot of mid line name brand road warriors’ that have performed in little clubs for years that still have to fight to get booked and get paid. They hate it. Their ex wives hate it because they can’t keep up the alimony payments. They can’t keep bands together because what they get paid if they get paid rarely covers the overhead of getting to the gig.Playing live in awful clubs is only exiting for the first few of years if you are young and believe playing clubs might lead to something else that will get you out of playing clubs.Let’s be honest, the Net is unlikely to produce many mid line name brand acts and certainly won’t produce ANY arena acts Once our current group of big name attractions hangs it up there will be no more unless hope can be restored that there might be something beyond playing live and just making a living.’The question musicians should be asking themselves isn’t can I make a living’ doing this the question is given today’s realities can I build a life can I come out this after 40 years with enough money in the bank to retire, provide health care for myself and my family and leave a few bucks to the kids?Given everything technology is forcing musicians to give up I think anyone who is seriously considering a life in music will conclude is that answer to those questions is probably, No.’Hey, music has had a great run since the ability to make recordings was invented It had to end sometime My guess is that time is now unless consumers begin to understand and encourage musicians and unless musicians can somehow regain that feeling that the hard work required to achieve greatness might provide a little more in the way of financial rewards than just making a living.

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