The once thriving UK live scene has turned into a ghost town. Artists have resorted to massive guests just to get people to show up
“You always had people that didn’t turn up,” said artist manager Graeme Stewart. “It was around 5% normally, but you’re getting as much as 40% no-shows for some gigs now. It’s an enormous problem, and it’s happening for anything that’s ticketed.”
Sacha Lord, the co-founder of Parklife festival and night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester, said even the most popular line-ups are being affected. “We’re seeing a big drop-off, even at really hot, sold-out shows. It’s happening every single night, and it’s affecting all artists.”
Lord said it is not just venues that are struggling: “The knock-on effects of this are phenomenal. It’s decimating the whole industry.”
With over 300 million Spotify monthly listeners, the Berlin based indie pop artist garnered nearly 35 million streams from his debut EP “In My Mind” . He’s been nominated for the New Music Award by Germany’s biggest radio stations. He also landed on Spotify’s New Music Friday in the U.S. Stream the track on KOAR’s Indie Invaders Playlist.
“It’s a netflix and chill on rainy day kind of song, when you’re stuck at the end of a relationship” notes Sophia.
When the 20 year old is not grinding away on her degree in popular music at Arizona State University, you might find her making jamming music, wearing her Birkenstocks, and going on long road trips. Give it a stream on KOAR’s Indie Invaders playlist.
Morgan Wallen had a tough year and a great year, both at the same time. The media turned it’s back on the rising country star after using a racial slur, but nobody seems to care. In fact, the media hoopla drew more attention to the country boy, making him more popular than ever.
Morgan Wallen has sold out 48 of 54 dates on next year’s “The Dangerous Tour,” selling more than 705,000 tickets. Wallen’s sellouts include three nights at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, making the singer just the third artist, to sell out three nights after Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift.
He also added dates including a stop at Madison Square Garden and Crypto.com Arena.
More than 60 TV shows and commercials have used their songs, including Shameless, The Flash, The Morning Show, Grey’s Anatomy and 90210.
This year, they’re releasing a 3-track EP every month. Their songs have been remixed by the likes of Sofi Tukker and Penguin Prison and have been supported by the tastemakers at Alt Nation, KEXP, ALT 98.7, KROQ, WXPN, SIRIUS XM, the BBC.