To see a Bruce Springsteen concert in the Netherlands in 2023, the cheapest tickets cost €115. Nevertheless, when the ticket sell started there were more than 200,000 people queuing online. At the same time, however, many small and midsize venues are struggling to get their tickets sold in the post-Covid era. In their contribution to the 13th International Music Business Research Days in Vienna, POPLIVE researchers Erik Hitters and Martijn Mulder presented their study on the phenomenon described here: the superstar economy.
After two years without live music in the Netherlands, most COVID restrictions were lifted in spring 2022 and live concerts returned with a record number of concerts planned during the year. However, as live music is audience-centered, it is important to consider how the pandemic has affected demand for the live music industry. Commissioned by POPLIVE, Master student Kevin Belzer gained insights into how the pandemic has affected visitor motivations of popular live music attendees by answering the question: What is the effect of the COVID pandemic on the visitor motivations of pop concert attendees?
During the 12th International Music Business Research Days that took place in Rotterdam on 3-5 November 2021, all keynotes and industry panels have been livestreamed to the online participants. These video’s are now publicly available.
POPLIVE organised the 12th International Music Business Research Days on November 3-5, 2021 in Rotterdam. This post provides an overview of the contents of the conference. The link to the online video’s of keynotes and industry panels can be found here. We would like to thank all participants for making this conference a great success.
Together with the rapid growth of urban music festivals in the second decade of the 21st century, most cities densified and gentrified at an equally fast pace. This increasingly leads to challenges for all stakeholders involved in urban festival planning: do we have enough suitable festival locations? How do we prevent nuisance? How to find a balance between the needs of both festival goers and local communities? How do we sustain our inner city festival culture?
How does COVID-19 affect the live music sector in different European countries? What similarities and differences can be identified between these countries, concerning government support, live music regulations, performance opportunities and the resilience of the sector in general? On March 17th, POPLIVE participated in an IASPM_UK hosted seminar that outlined a sample of some of the academic work that has been taking place both regionally and nationally across Europe since the pandemic emerged. Martijn Mulder presented his paper ‘Music Missionaries: The Dutch live music sector’s responses to the pandemic’. Other contributions came from the UK (Wales, Liverpool, Birmingham), Germany and Norway. The seminar has been recorded and can be viewed here.
The increasing popularity of tribute acts in pop music: is it just a form of ‘babyboomer-entertainment’ or is it the new cool thing for younger generations? How do music venues and the audience think about tribute acts and how does the future of tribute look like? All this and more is discussed in the POPLIVE Tribute Podcast.
As part of the POPLIVE project, Martijn Mulder investigated the current state of the Dutch live music industry, more specific the most common stagers of live music: dedicated venues and festivals. Based on interviews with directors of both venues and festivals in Dutch cities, several themes were extracted and analyzed. The papers written on the basis of these data are currently under review. This blog gives a sneak preview of the results.