- 10 Apr 18
Creating thousands of jobs, generating millions for the economy, and propelling some of our best musicians onto the international stage – the live music business is an essential part of Ireland’s cultural and economic life. The time has come to stand up for it.
“Dermot Kennedy, Rejjie Snow, Hudson Taylor, Eden, All Tvvins – we’re only a few months into 2018 and we’ve already sold out an unprecedented amount of Irish shows.”
John Johnston, General Manager of the Olympia Theatre, is reflecting on the incredible stream of local talent he’s had the pleasure of hosting in the venue these past few weeks. It’s been a rough winter for businesses in Ireland, with the impact of the snow, yet the live music industry is thriving once again. And the trend isn’t just in the Olympia, nor is it confined to the capital city – all over the country, audiences are packing into venues to see their favourite artists (homegrown or otherwise) come rain, hail, sleet or snow.
Back in 2017, a report titled Let’s Celebrate – conducted by well-known industry expert Justin Green – highlighted the value of the music industry to the Irish economy. A comprehensive analysis of the live sector, the results of the report were truly impressive – even for us here at Hot Press, where we’d been banging on about the importance of live music for decades.