What happens when ticket prices fall?



Jim Carroll on ticket prices for the Van Morrison gig. When the country is in such desperate financial straits should the authorities charge less for the use of their property? That way promoters would not have to take such big financial risks when putting on gigs?

The promoter is the person who sets the ticket price. The artist’s booking agent gets as much money for their client as possible.


More about the Olympic Closing Ceremony.



Priya Elan writes that: The closing ceremony proves that we’re still stuck in the 90s. I thought it would be interesting to analyse the music selected to represent Britain. My idea was to see when the original songs had been released.

So I went to the very handy, and so far very accurate, site http://www.everyhit.com/

You can enter any artist, song or album and find out when it appeared on the Top Forty pop chart.

Emeli Sandé – “Read All About It 2011

The Beatles – “Because” 1969

Madness– “Our House”  1982

Blur – “Parklife”  1994

Pet Shop Boys – “West End Girl”s 1985

One Direction – “What Makes You Beautiful” 2011

The Beatles – “A Day in the Life” 1967

Ray Davies – “Waterloo Sunset” 1967

Elbow “Open Arms” 2011,

Elbow “One Day Like This” 2008

One Direction – “What Makes You Beautiful” 2011

Kate Bush – “Running Up that Hill” 1985

George Harrison – “Here Comes the Sun” 1969

Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”  1975

John Lennon – “Imagine” 1975

George Michael – “Freedom” 90 1990

George Michael  “White Light”  2012

The Who  “Pinball Wizard” 1969

David Bowie”Fashion” 1980

Annie Lennox – “Little Bird” 1993

Pink Floyd – “Wish You Were Here”  1975

Beatles “I Am the Walrus” (The Beatles cover) 1967

Fatboy Slim – “Right Here, Right Now”,  1999″

Fatboy Slim The Rockafeller Skank” 1998

Jessie J – “Price Tag” 2011

Tinie Tempah featuring. Jessie J – “Written in the Stars” 2010

Taio Cruz – “Dynamite” 2010

The Bee Gees – “You Should Be Dancing” 1976

Spice Girls – “Wannabe”, 1996

Spice Girls “Spice Up Your Life” 1997

Oasis – “Wonderwall” 1995

Monty Python – “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” 1979

Muse – “Survival” 2012

Queen – “Brighton Rock” 1974

Queen – “We will Rock You” 1977

Take That – “Rule the World”  2007

The Who “My Generation” 1965


Then I looked at the release dates to see what decades were represented. In other words what songs and what eras did the organisers decide should be included to represent the music of the country?

Queen, the Bee Gees, John Lennon and Pink Floyd are the only representatives of the 1970s.

Madness, Pet Shop Boys, Kate Bush and David Bowie are the four from the 1980s.


The really interesting thing is that there is only ONE song from the decade 1999 to 2009. What had happened to the industry here? Or do we only remember songs from the distant past and the very recent past?

Of course my thoughts then strayed to what would be included if someone tried to celebrate the pop music of Ireland in 36 songs!


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