First up, I think that bands should limit themselves as to how many local gigs they play.
Who is going to pay pounds to see a band at Adelphi or Piper when you can see them at the
Sesh for free?
Some of the bands are limiting themselves to only playing two or three local gigs a month which makes sense.
Don't forget the old adage; absence makes the heart grow fonder.
This overplaying week in week out, tends to kill the crowds somewhat and can make your
music commonplace and dare I say it, lacklustre.
Going to gigs costs money and there's nothing worse than spending your cash at an empty gig.
You feel shit for the bands - especially if they've travelled any distance, you feel shit for
the promoter - especially if he's bagged some top quality act and nobody could give a fig (the list is endless on that one).
You may even feel shit for Hull. We go on and on about how we have got it so good, how we have an ever-exploding music scene, then you get a poor night. People then go away with the wrong impression.
You look around and see just a few people hiding in corners, too shy to get up and show some love.
The place lacks any life, any spirit and feels dead.
It's far easier to shout love ya Bollockface (somebody do it, it'd be funny) in a noisy crowded venue of sweaty individuals all dancing and bouncing, than in a cold, glaringly empty room. In the morning you inevitably feel shit, because you know that you wasted precious finances getting half drunk on what was a crap night.
Don't drink, you say. Drink soft drinks instead; well often a coke can be just as much as a bleeding pint in some of these places. I just can't go to the bar and ask for water, the demon of drink would cast me out of the hallowed halls of alcohol consumption for treachery and betrayal.
I think Hull bands sell themselves short; playing for very little or in some case nothing at all. If the musicians ask to get paid anywhere near the amount their talent says they should, the promoters turn their noses up. They start quoting costs at them, and in the backs of their minds they know that there is another band that will play for less, ready to take their slot.
Many bands don't seem to want to say it, but come on, you get up on stage, you play your ass off and what, you're lucky if you get a case of warm lager for your efforts? We may look down on cover bands but at least they command a performance fee beforehand. Yet you guys playing quality original material, boost the bars' takings night after night without hardly seeing a penny.
Maybe you do play for the passion, because you love doing it, repeating some aphorism,
it's all about the music, man but there's nothing wrong in saying, I want to be paid something.
If nothing else, a token amount can serve as a sign of recognition, respect for your efforts; a thank you for playing.
Opinions - Response To Michelle Dee's Review Of Phonic Voices At Urban Artz Festival By Paul Rush
I just read your review of Phonic Voices at the Urban Arts Festival:
'Today it came in the form of Nicky a didgeridoo player from Phonic Voices
music collective, with a uniquely special sound.
It was a moment not to dissimilar to the one in the town of Hamlyn when a
certain piper enticed all the rodents away, from the town.
Nicky began to play her instrument
Opinions - Things Can Only Get Bitter By David Sloan
I'm sick to death of listening to people moaning about New Labour. They've only recently been voted in for a third term in office with a large credible majority. So just what do people want? Yes, things have got better under New Labour. If you're a burglar, mugger, paedophile, illegal immigrant, rapist or terrorist, things have definitely got better.
Under New Labour,
Opinions - It's Only A Game By Dave F
Question - What do you call an Englishman in a World Cup Final???
Answer - Referee.
Like most people in the country, I'm asking myself why...
Why didn't we get through to the final?
Why didn't Sven take better strikers?
Actually, I'm asking myself why the England team turn to jelly at the mention of the word
Penalty, and why we have to listen to excuses like
Opinions - Save Our Free School Meals By The Mental Alchemist
Q. What do you get if you cross neo-liberal economic policy with a liberal party city council?
A. No bloody change and the end of free school meals in Hull.
I sat in stunned belief whilst watching Look North today, as it was announced that Hull City Council have put a price on the health and wellbeing of all our children, and it's less than £4 million.
It actually cost the council a
Opinions - Response To The Grim Reaper's Article By Chris Wolds
Hello thisisull team,
I have just finished reading the piece written by the Grim Reaper titled
Response To Arts Council Article.
I read with interest what was there, just as I did the original article and the follow-ups.
It puzzles me that these other comments have been published and those persons responsible for
them have had their opinions aired.
I have always seen this site as
Opinions - Money, School and Red-Tape: Education for Kids in Hull By Margaret Ryan
Education in Hull is changing. Almost a third of our secondary schools are being demolished.
Nearly £200m is to be invested in new schools.
So let us not mince our words - the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project proclaims that
this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to drive reform of the secondary system and improvements in educational
Opinions - Response To Arts Council Article By The Grim Reaper
We can guess it's a guy that wrote the anonymous letter regarding Lou Duffy Howard receiving
money from the Arts Council for the Grassroots festival.
As a matter of fact Duffy Howard and 'Full Flava' David Okwesia set up the Grassroots
thing and we all work together in making it happen to benefit the local community.
So to whoever wrote the letter I would just like to say
Opinions - Fickle Voters By Mark Pollard
I watched a TV programme the other night about the seemingly endless, unaccounted and under-investigated murder of scores of young women by street gangs in Guatemala. As a father of three girls myself it was heart-breaking stuff that made me thankful to live in the UK; the 'scandal' of John Prescott shagging his secretary hardly seems to matter by comparison.
Opinions - If The Council Won't Sort This Out, We Will By Pete Stitt
I felt it was only fair to give the readers of thisisull an update of non-events since the issue of
Arts Council grants, Council and other funding for multicultural events was raised by one anonymous writer and half of the Kurdish community in Hull.
I think we have waited long enough for 'stage two' of this saga.
I sent several emails to Ken Branson, who I know to be an
honourable man, and he
Opinions - Blair Is No Churchillian Statesman By David Sloan
Every day now we read more and more New Labour sleaze stories.
Cash for knighthoods, offshore accounts for ministers, weapons of mass destruction
which never existed to name but a few.
I could go on with tough on crime, and the causes of crime.
When magistrates have now been told not to even jail offenders.
You can rob, rape or kill by dangerous driving and expect no
Opinions - Hull City Council 2006 - Changing Or Caging Us? By Margaret Ryan
Hull City Council is changing. Having recently improved its rating infinity percent -from zero
stars to one star - a new council seems to be evolving. Into what, you may ask?
An aggressive political powerhouse to empower the people? Or an experiment of existential dustbin policy?
Whatever this nameless Hullian perceives the council's policies to be, recent history
says one thing is
Opinions - Wanadoo Offers Schadenfreude at 10p a minute By Margaret Ryan
Do you find junk mail bellicose nonsense? Same here. Amusing? At times, yes. Annoying? Always, I agree. So are you yet to experience the silent delight of receiving Wanadoo's broadband advertisement through your letterbox? Do you want to know how junk mail could make you smile? Read on.
An established internet company, Wanadoo proclaim
Opinions - Response To Criticism Of The Night Shift And The Hull Blokes By Ian Ahmed Newton
Regarding Steven Greendale's criticism of the Hull Blokes which I understand included
some comments about one of my books, The Night Shift.
I would say to Mr Greendale, that if you live in Hull, we have enough people outside
this city who like to take a knock at those who are trying to promote the city.
I also believe that we have many in power within this city who have also done little
Opinions - Response To Arts Council Article - People Rewriting Our History In Their Own Image By Pete Stitt
I would like to thank the Editor of Hami Kurd magazine for waking me from a sort
of self-imposed coma this week.
I had walked away from the local asylum situation, completely disillusioned, as
loads of middle class white (and ethnic minority) English individuals and
organisations came flooding into the 'industry' when it became clear
there were funding opportunities.