According to The Coventry Evening Telegraph some people seem to have a ‘Field of Dreams’ philosophy to the lack of a city centre music venue. I wouldn’t expect them to appreciate the finer details but an assumption that this much-needed centrally placed venue would instantly solve all of the city’s entertainment woes is almost certainly misplaced.
The debate was sparked by two
bands who have omitted the city from
their current touring schedule. It’s not the first time they’ve done this and
the lack of an appropriate venue certainly plays a part in the process, but
it’s not the whole story. Touring cycles often alternate venues/towns/cities in
order to avoid over-playing in a certain territory. Thus
Wolverhampton/Birmingham, Liverpool/Manchester, Glasgow/Edinburgh can often be
swapped dependent upon where the act played last. Coventry
Clearly a band would always want to play their home-town but nothing would be more embarrassing than failing to sell out in your back-yard, having a guest list that’s bigger than the box office sales print-out may also be a big issue. Tours take a number of factors into consideration from regional popularity to an area’s general population and prosperity.