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...seems to have become a bit of trend recently.
Anyone else noticed?
No. But that's only because I live in London and avoid false correlations like the plague.
make do with bristol
its down the M4, turn left. Not exactly miles from anywhere really is it..
I think they're scared.
Recently we've been getting better gigs than we have for years. The Forecast promoters have done a really good job for example.
the point have had some excellent bookings over the past year. Iron & Wine, Howling Bells, The Fall. with Efterklang coming up, The Fall again, Tegan and Sara plus loads more I've probably missed.
I'll give you that.
It's more the (say it quietly) mainstream bands that have been staying away.
I'm going to see the Long Blondes at Clwb in March. But that's about it.
those are just the ones i'm going to that are listed on DiS.
and gindrinker are supporting the fall now, which makes me very happy.
so folk off.
Fuck Buttons / Alexander Tucker at Clwb Ifor Bach last night. Had a brilliant time. The Forecast guys were great, the staff friendly and the sound guys were top notch. Some London venues could learn a lot from them.
welsh so dont count. boyo.
she likes Wales, does that count ?
lucky you are with Forecast there now (or.. maybe you do, I don't know these things). It was much, much worse a few years back, I thought.
has got better in the last couple of years. But I do know what ^ original poster is getting at, recently. There's only so much that Forecast can do by themselves I guess - with those slightly-larger-budget-but-still-not-completely-mainstream bands.
Bristol Thekla seems to accomodate a lot of touring bands that don't want to head further west. Which in theory would be great, but it's impossible to get back from (unless it's a Saturday/Sunday - later trains!).
Small gigs are pretty well catered for with Loose/Peppermint Patti/Leeson#1/Pedigree Falcona and a few new promoters whose names I don't recognise = good thing.
is fucked. sorry.
I'm no authority on the subject lately.. not.. like, living there anymore.. and everything.
I miss it!
all put on ace stuff.
We do seem to be missing out on shows from bloggy-hype bands though.
Barfly have gone down the pan in terms of booking good stuff. It's a terrible venue anyway. But Clwb's still great, and the Point is lovely, and there's a new venue opening soon so things look quite good for the future (fingers crossed).
the new venue ? to right about barfly, I've spent to many nights stood looking at a pillar in that place..
it's by the same team as Buffalo, but hopefully it'll be much better than Buffalo. It's on the street that connects St John's Square (near the Hayes) to St Mary's Street, the one with a Greggs on one corner and the Cornish Pasty shop on the other.
look forward to that. wonder what sort of capacity it will have. We need a another smallish venue..
Its been that way for years...Flipping annoying. Anyway there's a new venue coming called ten foot tall that may redress this balance...