Obvs when I lived in London this wasn’t a thing.
Every band would spunk on their own family to play a show in London, even if no-one was there.
However Australia is different.
It’s a long way from anything else, so all travel is by plane.
So it’s created this weird situation where if a band / an artist are playing a festival within 200 miles, they consider that their “stop” for the tour.
Now, the whole festival line up might be a bag of wank, but the artist feels like they’ve ticked that box.
Kendrick Lamar headlined Bluesfest last year. I’m pretty sure Counting Crows were somewhere on that bill and that was the only way to see him in a 1000 mile radius.
So Brisbane is cursed with being near a lot of festivals and many artists thinking they’ve “done that area” by playing said festival.
Is that a Brisbane-only thing or does that BULLSHIT happen elsewhere too?
In the artists defense, often if they do an independent show, it doesn’t sell so well, as the population in the area is hardly LME.