It has been a tough week for European steel followers. Anthrax cancelled their European dates as a consequence of financials, whereas each the UK’s Dominion Festival and Manorfest were both cancelled as a consequence of extremely low ticket gross sales and monetary points.
Sadly The Agonist is the following in line to can their European performances, as soon as once more because of the rising prices of every part. Or as The Agonist places it, “we might stand to lose a harmful sum of money” in the event that they continued on as deliberate.
“We should sadly announce that we can’t make any EU summer season exhibits this yr. The explanations are a mix of a number of components. You guys in all probability all know by now how costly touring is for the time being – it’s been a scorching subject.
“Rising prices are affecting everybody now, from legacy bands to native bands, and we aren’t any exception to that. Sadly, if we went to Europe on our present association, we might stand to lose a harmful sum of money, placing ourselves in monetary jeopardy. We hope you perceive this tough selection.”
Coupled with the continuing problem of insane merchandising cuts at exhibits and the prospect of touring seems fairly grim today, although merch cuts look like on the forefront of the dialog. Russian Circles recently refused to sell theirs at a Paris venue as a consequence of cuts, whereas Stray From The Path drummer Craig Reynolds mentioned a similar situation to Russian Circles‘ at the O2 Forum Kentish Town in London that happened to Igorrr. Then there’s Khemmis, who took the time to elucidate that it is not exactly easy for smaller bands to simply rebel.
Monuments just lately refused to sell merchandise in Greece due to insane cuts, whereas our personal Frank Godla penned an editorial about why Gojira is a good example of a band trying to keep their business going in a tough touring world. Architects drummer Dan Searle additionally just lately posited that maybe bands should get a cut of the venue’s nightly alcohol sales to steadiness issues out, whereas Dark Funeral guitarist Lord Ahriman has outright said that venues are killing the live music industry.
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