Read an interesting article for the increas in business rates for pubs in the next couple of years. Looking at nearly 20%. Not including wage increases and other increases obviously then comes the price hike in beer.
I cant help but wonder how people afford to go out week in week out these days. I feel sorry for landlords who have to factor all this in. And then really how can they afford to put live music on.
Personally i see the way live music is, the local establishments will have to change. I see more dedicated "live venues" selling door tickets as a way to pay - then swiftly closing of course. I cant see how the standard pub could afford to any other way.
Seems the demand for live music has increased when you ask people "oh yeah id rather see a live band than just kareoke bla bla bla" ok then would you pay ? "Erm....." kinda sums it up really.
Think the live music pub scene thing is going to die purely on affordability. So many livings rely on it both musician and publican but how can they can please each other with a dwindling audience - impossible