Although the North East is blessed with a plethora of music venues, (in fact I was once told that Newcastle has has more music venues per head than London) I often feel that bands seem to ‘miss out’ the North East from tours and was wondering if anybody felt the same or had any thoughts on this?
Over the last few years I have found myself heading to Manchester or Glasgow to see bands. This isn’t just the ‘bigger’ bands, Fleetwood Mac and Prince etc (who I assume the Arena is too small for) I have found myself in venues in no bigger than The Cluny around the country, The Soup Kitchen in Manchester and Broadcast in Glasgow to see bands that have omitted to add Newcastle to their tour dates.
I once had a conversation with an artist (who shall remain nameless) on twitter with regard to his latest tour and when I mentioned he wasn’t playing the North East he responded that he was playing Norwich! However I don’t think that all artists geography is as bad as this!
I quick flick through the gig listings in any of the music magazines seems to back up my theory.
Do we lack a venue bigger than the Academy or The Sage but smaller than the Arena say 3000- 4000 or do bands think that whatever the size of the venue Newcastle isn’t big enough a city to pull a crowd?