Monday 29 May 2017

U2 ticket fiasco is why music has to be saved from touts

The €1,000 ticket reselling fiasco is not fair to either the band or to the true music fans, writes Catherine Martin

Adam Clayton (left) and The Edge from U2 playing at Croke Park in Dublin in 2008 Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire
Adam Clayton (left) and The Edge from U2 playing at Croke Park in Dublin in 2008 Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Catherine Martin

In the diverse, exciting and ever-changing field of popular music, Irish people support new and developing artists. While the major record labels are credited with bringing some of these artists to the global market, it should be remembered that those artists were nurtured by local music scenes all over the country.

On Dublin's Grafton Street, Eyre Square in Galway, the streets of Cork and in local halls and schools, and yes, even in kitchens and bedrooms, emerging artists generally found their first applause at home. Local music goers, the fans, are the true heartbeat of the industry and it is they who provide the nurturing springboard for budding artists. They are the incubators of talent.

We all enjoy and take great pride in supporting musicians as they take their first tentative steps on to the performing stage. Irish music lovers deserve to be proud of how they support music talent and they deserve to be able to see their favourite artists at affordable prices.

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