SUCCESS - can we bottle it?

The stage dressing

It seems that concert venues are enjoying very mixed fortunes at the moment. Some are poorly attended or closing whilst others are bursting at the seams, even with waiting lists. So what is the magic ingredient that makes all the difference – and can we bottle (or at least) copy it?

I was playing at the North Staffs Organ & Keyboard Club this week, and the first sign of how things are with them was the queue at the door, over an hour before the show was due to begin. Inside, a sizeable team were flat out preparing the booking office at one end and the stage at the other. And that stage featured additional hangings, banners, lighting to equal a small constellation, a dry ice machine and a big video screen giving out announcements before the show and projecting my hands and various videos during the show. They told...

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