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ET Obit - Samuel Smiths and LIVE music (253* d) RE: Obit - Samuel Smiths and LIVE music 19 Jan 05


According to Radio Humberside its the fault of the Supermarkets.
Sam Smiths refused to comment directlybut in December had written to the chairman of a North Yorks Folk Cub saying that the Brewery had to protect its long term interests and cut costs.

Seems the PRS has not increased its fees for live music, but the organisation that protects live Muzak and Big Screen TV have, considerably.

Because so many are buying beer from Tesco etc and following that wretched idea that "staying in is the new going out" pubs are in fierce competition for trade and Sam Smiths are throwing babies and bathwater out of the window by banning all music to save costs. According to Radio Humberside there is no sign that they will change their minds.

Seems to me that making pub visits a less enjoyable experience is an odd way of competing with Tesco and the Box at home, but what do I know about commercial commerce.

What I do know is that we are seeting up a very odd society where we all rush home, lock the door, switch on the box and open our cheap 6 pack. No communication with anyone else, no interation, no live music.

I think all lovers of live music should find locals that will accommodate us, take along as many drinkers as we can, and prove it is worth while having music in pubs to drag as many as we can into the pub?


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