UK tickets sales have fallen for the first time in a decade, figures released recently suggest.
The news bucks the trend of an ever growing, popular live music scene in the UK over the past few years, with an unusual lack of big name tours – and disappointing sales for the marquee events which did go ahead – being blamed for the slump.
Chris Carey, an economist at PRS told The Guardian newspaper the fall amounts to only ‘a blip’, and that he expects figures to rise again this year.
“I don’t think this is a disaster, I think it is a blip, I’m not worried about the future of live music,” he remarked. “There had been a lack of big name live acts touring last year, which was set to change in 2011.”
Attendance figures show a drop of 6.7% in 2010 when compared to the previous year, with relatively poor sales for Bon Jovi and Paul McCartney tours being highlighted as one of the main causes.
In addition, the demise of Oasis in 2009, still one of the UK’s biggest live draws at the time of their split, and part of a bumper series of stadium tours that year along with the likes of Take That and U2, is also likely to have an effect on future results.Just Published: