Bert Van Raemdonck, onlinecorrespondent for rekto:verso, irritated by the paying little attention to treatment of the support acts. “Who lobster order, can you really not fun to do with a lukewarm bowl of mussels as an appetizer.’
Since a year or twenty-five, I’ll be happy and a lot to pop – and rock concerts. Sometimes we are in the tens of thousands, sometimes ten without thousands. Sometimes it is stoneware, sometimes appallingly bad. Complain do we never, our love for guitars is unconditional. Beer drinking, fist in the air and go.
In all those years, much has changed. The tickets were more expensive, earplugs were socially acceptable, and gradually is even a rectal fouillebij entering the concert hall commonplace, under the guise of safety über alles.
What never really changed, that are the support act. Who is going to the movies, get one movie to see. You go to the theatre: one show. But you buy a ticket for Slowdive, Japandroids or Cocaine Piss, then you get guaranteed to be a brother or a sister. I ask myself time and again wondering why.
According to my (undoubtedly schabouwelijke) calculations I have already about 500 times a show is a gift. Not once have I subsequently purchased a ticket to one of those 500 bands at a different time as a full-fledged program to see the work. Never has there me but one band as a support act in convincing them as a full-fledged act to consider. Since such a support act, however, is selected on the basis of a certain affinity with the band of the main program (which I 500 times, each time carefully and deliberately to have chosen), is that still very few.
Concertprogrammatoren, either stop you with support act, or should it be otherwise.
After so many disappointments, I am gradually inclined to say: oh, just stop it. Buy they just all off, that first. But look, I’m bring the worst. I realize also that such a tour as the opening act of a larger valve may be an unforgettable experience and a priceless learning experience. I am also aware of the fact that the number of stages in which smaller bands are able to show the last few years, not given is increased. Let me, therefore, a better proposal…
Because those were 500 bands that I, as a support act to the work saw it all so bad? But no, of course not. And then there are no circumstances conceivable in which they do a convincing impression? Of course they do.
On a festival, for example. Today, any medium-sized music festival that easy (more than) a hundred acts, and who, there is a day (or longer) wandering around, wants to be next to some large and well-known names just like very a few new things to discover. Music lovers go there with an open mind all around, again and again, new muziekgroepjes to check out, to surprise, and during the weeks afterward at home all those new names from their mental notebook to know better. And if also the second introduction is bad, then they go afterwards, like to watch it again and listen when one of those newly discovered bands as a separate (main)act along a hall in the neighborhood to visit.
That is me many times happened, and it continues to be a motivation, despite still vervaarlijker creaking and a loud protesting bones and vertebrae are the summer festivals to keep on visiting.
In order to avoid an overly ambitious opening act the hoofdvogel with a crushing concert would surpass that of the console the geluidskraantje often largely closed.
What is the difference with all that supports you in the 4AD, the AB, Trix, or Forward throw? Why convince unknown bands to me that the summer was so much better than in the concert hall? First of all: by the state of mind in which both the public and the performing bands are. And secondly: by the (technical) circumstances.
What the first: who for thirty euro (or sometimes more) down to a certain band in a concert hall to see the work, look there for a whole week, a month or sometimes a year. All of you at the time the gloire then a few lesser gods are presented, you will experience that inevitable as an unnecessary appetizer that the appetite for the main course only way. Who cancer order, can you really not fun to do with a lukewarm bowl of mussels as an appetizer.
That mental strength can also be in the heads of the musicians on the stage of Trix, or the AB. They find out of course only too well that the audience didn’t really plan (or even mentally able) is to get them to watch or listen. They hear the twittering in the background which the public at that time rather his eternal thirst to lessons and in the meantime cozy in each other’s ears to roar ‘that the new album yet so good not like the previous two’.
Who is support act by a set of struggles, know that it is mission impossible. No band will be in those circumstances at all.
Now you announce the name of the support act, often just before the concert. Curious concert-goers also have the time, not new names online once to sniff at.
Incidentally, or they may usually not agree to go to the limit. A decent soundcheck in advance, there is often simply not in, they also get only half an hour to prove itself, and in order to avoid an overly ambitious opening act the hoofdvogel with a crushing concert would surpass that of the console the geluidskraantje often largely closed. So what you in as a supporting act, a band that themselves for (and by) a disinterested public objects, and even technically sabotaged. How would there ever be something beautiful can come of it?
The conclusion is simple, best muziekprogrammatoren. Either stop you, just better with that support act’s to offer, or see and grab you finally get the opportunities that are here so wonderfully shiny lie open to your offer even stronger and more attractive. That last assumes, to begin a better and more thoughtful selection of the support act. That choice can you, as an experienced zaalprogrammatoren much better than that damned concertpromotoren you now often a pernicious package deal in the stomach split.
It also assumes that you, the combination of a front and a main program much more as a double bill would consider it. Now you announce the name of the support act, often just before the concert. That information will therefore usually lost, and curious concert-goers also have the time, not new names online once to sniff at. By the support act immediately to agree with you that bands also figuratively, piëdestal give you them now, literally offering them a stage for the lions to throw. If you made them also to be as loud to play as bigger bands for whom they are the public allowed to warm, will concert-goers them by themselves also more as a full-fledged act consider. And not merely as a alive wallpaper.
A lot of don’t even have to change. Make more conscious choices, put a few small touches something else, and the audience and the bands that you program get naturally feel that they are of you get the respect that they deserve. Have to admit, there’s music in it.
Hope to see you in your halls,