Slaves have caused a debate online after declaring that their fans ought to show up when the doors open at their gigs to ensure that they see the support band.
The punk duo took to Twitter to respond to requests that asked them to share the stage times for their current tour, before they revealed why they refused.
“We don’t post set times to our shows,” wrote the band. “We were the support once. We wouldn’t be here if nobody turned up to watch us. So turn up when your ticket says and you’ll be fine.”
WE DON'T POST SET TIMES TO OUR SHOWS. WE WERE THE SUPPORT ONCE. WE WOULDN'T BE HERE IF NOBODY TURNED UP TO WATCH US. SO TURN UP WHEN YOUR TICKET SAYS AND YOU'LL BE FINE.
— Slaves (@Slaves) November 17, 2018
However, their comments have caused a divide among music fans – with many agreeing that everyone ought to get down early to discover support bands, while others argued that they didn’t have the luxury to do so.
“Or…you could realise that some people have work/commitments they can’t get out of and ask the band they like what time they’re playing so they don’t miss it/ask to get off work early not all of us are kids with no jobs or obligations,” wrote one of their followers. “And not everyone lives within 10 minutes of the venue. If I’m gonna drive/take public transport [for] 1-2 hours for a show, I don’t want to miss the band I want to see. It doesn’t mean I don’t want to see the openers or the other bands on the tour.”
DrownedInSound’s Derek Robertson wrote: “As someone who has spent untold hours waiting around in venues (and vast sums of [money] on shit beer while waiting) I can honestly say this is bullshit.”
Others agreed: “In the real world some people have ‘jobs’ and want to ‘not waste money’ on a gig they don’t know if they can make it for their act anyway. Comments like these are nice in principle but only really resonate if you’re a student.”
In response, another replied: “Then show up early. You aren’t going to miss the headline if you are there for 8pm and you might just see your new favourite band.”
“Yes to this. I wouldn’t have discovered Slaves if I’d known Biffy weren’t on ’til after 11pm at their 2014 Troxy gig. Though that’s not because I wouldn’t have gone for the support – It was the day after our engagement drinks & I was so rough I’d have skipped the gig altogether.”
Another fan added: “I don’t understand why people don’t watch the support acts, there are so many amazing bands to discover!”
See more comments on the debate below.
Yes to this. I wouldn’t have discovered @Slaves if I’d known Biffy weren’t on til after 11pm at their 2014 Troxy gig. Though that’s not because I wouldn’t have gone for the support – It was the day after our engagement drinks & I was so rough I’d have skipped the gig altogether. https://t.co/P6LBbj03ME
— Ali Tweedlie (@JazzAli) November 20, 2018
And not everyone lives within 10 minutes of the venue. If I’m gonna drive/take public transport 1-2 hours for a show I don’t want to miss the band I want to see. It doesn’t mean I don’t want to see the openers or the other bands on the tour.
— Gabby Mansilla (@LittleEin) November 18, 2018
Absolute truth bomb from Slaves. Big thanks to @GeneralDistort for the heads up. Some of the best times I've ever had at a gig were because of support acts #pittroll #slaves #supportyourlocalscene https://t.co/md2fVrayNW
— ? Pit Troll ? (@PitTrollMosh) November 18, 2018
I don’t understand why people don’t watch the support acts, there’s so many amazing bands to discover!
— Ryan Georgeson (@GeorgesonRyan) November 17, 2018
— Blood Red Shoes (@BloodRedShoes) November 18, 2018
In the real world some people have "jobs" and want to "not waste money" on a gig they don't know if they can make it for their act anyway.
Comments like these are nice in principle but only really resonate if you're a student.
— sdrawdEtrautS@ (@StuartEdwards) November 17, 2018
Reasons why posting the set times is a good thing:
1) Sometimes the support band are shit
Thank you for coming to my TED Talk.
— mitch (@limitedmitch) November 20, 2018
Nice sentiments. I always watch the support acts. But I still want set times as it helps with travelling to gigs after work.
— Paul Hudson (@pahudson) November 17, 2018
Same with @estrons for me!
— Vote Labour (@OuttaNorden) November 17, 2018
Support on Slaves’ tour comes from Lady Bird, Willie J Healey, and *Slowthai (*London only). Hear each of the support acts below:
Slaves’ remaining UK tour dates are below. Visit here for tickets and more information.
Tuesday 20 November 2018 – Bristol O2 Academy
Thursday 22 November 2018 – Cardiff Tramshed
Friday 23 November 2018 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Saturday 24 November 2018 – London Alexandra Palace