Attorney Rick Marshall: So-Called Concert Venues Are For The People

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Austin, Texas and New York City; two of the worlds most prized concert venues. The trendy and flourishing Austin has become a destination for thousands of concertgoers annually, and New York is ground zero for the biggest stars in rock, classical, and jazz. The venues have become so popular with fans that many of the artist’s restaurants now cater specifically to that demographic, but as with most trends, the rise of the new trend may just be pushing this aspect of a concert venue out of business. Austin once had a full house for every single band that played, but with cell phones and cameras, fans with internet connections have become so accustomed to taking a pic or two that they no longer come to the shows, or they come to the shows and make sure that their snaps are on Instagram before the show even begins. In New York, the theaters are too limiting, and as venues continue to offer concessions and seating arrangements that let them cater to younger generations, the theaters will start to lose out. These venues in Austin and New York and all the others will either join their competitors and start offering food, drinks, and sound off of stage, or they will begin to become corporate versions of Apple and Facebook, offering concessions like they do to their website users. A venue that offers concessions can also allow groups of up to 400 people to buy tickets together, and thus ensure the largest number of people who can attend the show, will do so.

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