Number of attendees at live shows fall by 6.7 percent last year
Ticket sales for live gigs in the UK fell for the first time in over a decade last year.
Attendance figures at live shows fell by 6.7 per cent from the 2009 figures with poor sales of a number of high profile acts including Bon Jovi and Paul McCartney being blamed for the shortfall, according to a new survey conducted by PRS For Music.
The results of the survey have been described as “a blip” by Chris Carey, an economist at PRS. He told The Guardian: “I don’t think this is a disaster, I think it is a blip, I’m not worried about the future of live music. There had been a lack of big name live acts touring last year, which was set to change in 2011.”
Sales of recorded music also suffered a drop, falling by 11 per cent from the figures taken in 2009. There was also a lack of successful new albums, with eight of the Top 10 best-selling albums of 2010 not being released in that year.