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Letters: Stop feeding the music industry's money god. Keep it live and local – HeraldScotland

WHILE I sympathise with Malcolm Close and his difficulties in purchasing tickets for Bruce Springsteen at Murrayfield (Letters, July 25), I am delighted that he has finally decided to join the rest of us who refuse to feed the music industry’s money god and support the huge number of fine local bands and venues welcoming touring outfits to our city. He has, after all, already seen The Boss nine times, which seems excessive for any artist.
Tickets for The Barrowland come in at around £35-£40. You can see fabulous live music at Oran Mor and St Lukes for around £20. Only recently I saw three outstanding bands – The Hot Damn, Salt River Shakedown and The Dust Coda –at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut for the princely sum of £12. Stereo, The Garage, Broadcast, SWG3, The Academy, The Old Fruitmarket, Nice N Sleazy and any number of great venues will provide a memorable night of live music. And let’s not forget the bars – The Scotia, The Clutha, MacSorley’s for example – that feature regular live music at no charge.
What’s more, the food’s better and the beer’s cheaper than anywhere Springsteen is likely to play any time soon.
Keep it live. Keep it local. Keep it value.
Steve Brennan, Coatbridge.
THE BOSS WOULD HATE PIRACY
I SYMPATHISE and empathise with Bruce Springsteen fan Malcolm Close, who gets in the online queue early but is denied tickets by people who have no intention of going to the gig at Murrayfield and immediately sell them on for huge profits.
It’s obscene.
I saw Springsteen at his first Scottish appearance at The Playhouse in Edinburgh in 1981 for about a fiver. A few years ago, I rattled my charity bucket at his concert at the Eden Park rugby ground in Auckland, New Zealand, to raise funds for the homeless. The Boss gave the City Mission a mention, and the stadium erupted.
If Springsteen were made aware of the scandalous ticket piracy that continues to line other people’s pockets at the expense of his fans I’m sure he’d have something to say.
What a coincidence that in the same edition Kevin McKenna writes of Glasgow’s very own Gerry Cinnamon’s concerts at Hampden («Some enchanted evenings with Gerry Cinnamon», The Herald, July 25). Raised in Castlemilk, he’s become «the most recognisable Scottish musician on the planet».
Hopefully he and Paulo Nutini, who can also sell out Hampden, will pop up occasionally at smaller venues around the city.
There’s a common thread here, including The Boss. They all recognise and are proud of their working-class roots.
For those who get tickets to Springsteen, enjoy. But Mr Close urges us to celebrate the talent of the great musicians and bands playing smaller venues. After recently visiting the Glad Cafe to see a wonderful and talented singer, Alas De Liona, and then various acts at the Clutha and Avant Garde, I couldn’t agree more.
Andy Stenton, Glasgow.
TAKE EUROVISION TO ABERDEEN
WELL, now we know the United Kingdom will be hosting Eurovision in 2023 («Going for a Song: Glasgow and Aberdeen bid to host Eurovision», The Herald, July 27). It is great to see so many cities interested in hosting the event, including Aberdeen and Glasgow. There is no doubt in my mind that if Eurovision is to come to Scotland, then it must come to Aberdeen.
Aberdeen built a new state of the art events complex with a 15,000-capacity arena, the largest in Scotland. This complex, the P&J Live, was built by the city council without subsidy from the Scottish Government. It is located two minutes from Aberdeen International Airport and just 10 minutes from the vibrant city centre. When you add in Aberdeen’s cultural offerings, including the award-winning Aberdeen Art Gallery, the upgraded Provost Skene House and the soon-to-be-opened Union Terrace Gardens, it is obvious that Aberdeen has benefited from massive financial investment to regenerate the city, thus portraying it as a must-visit European city open for trade and tourism.
Aberdeen’s chances of hosting Eurovision are compelling from a cities point of view; after all Aberdeen is the energy capital of Europe. Disappointingly, however, some of our leading politicians – including Labour leader Anas Sarwar – cannot see past the M8 and is already touting Glasgow. If Scotland is to be outward-looking then its politicians must see past the M8 and recognise that if Aberdeen can host the BBC Sports Personality of the year, the International Football Association Board annual meeting as well as Offshore Europe, the biggest energy conference in Europe, then it is certainly capable of hosting Eurovision.
So, when it comes to making your mind up, let’s hear it for Aberdeen.
Willie Young, Aberdeen.
• WHILE Eurovision will be a welcome boost to one UK city in these difficult times, I really do think that if Kyiv could not host the show, it should have gone to Poland, which has done far more for Ukrainian refugees than any other country. Some 3.5 million Ukrainians have found shelter there, and Lublin or Krakow could have provided Ukraine with a substitute home from home audience.
GR Weir, Ochiltree.
THE JOY OF TARADIDDLE
YESTERDAY’S contribution from R Russell Smith (Letters, July 26) brought a smile to my lips as, admittedly, he often does. I loved his use of one of my favourite words, «tarradiddle», rarely seen in the broadsheets or periodicals and certainly not in the modern texts. The Oxford English Dictionary gives the definition as, «a petty lie; pretentious nonsense».
I have always thought the Oxford interpretation somewhat harsh. «Nonsense» can be nonsense without being pretentious and as regards «a petty lie», had the Oxford editor never heard of the old saying, «Many a truth is said in jest»?
I do however, lean towards the use of the one «r» spelling as opposed to the two «r»s. The Oxford English places the second «r» within brackets, the sensitivities of the compilers perhaps being bruised by the sight of two «r»s?
Maureen McGarry-O’Hanlon, Balloch.
THE ESSENCE OF ROMANCE
R RUSSELL Smith’s coffee-based reminiscences provoked research.
The best-selling product of the Glasgow company which invented Camp Coffee was a raspberry cordial often added to whisky or brandy to produce a drink known as «Cuddle-me-Dearie».
How’s that for a chat-up line?
David Miller, Milngavie.
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Eurovision 2023: The running order of the semifinals has been revealed!

Greece’s song for Eurovision 2023, by Victor Vernicos, was released a few days ago with the title “What They Say”!

The Eurovisionfun team once again watched and reacted to the official video clip of the country’s entry for the upcoming Eurovision contest! Enjoy Apostolos, Paschalis, Stella and Apostolis in a Reaction video with detailed commentary on Greece‘s participation, for 2023!.

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The analyzes of the fans and not only for a few minutes have been on fire, since the theories based on the prehistory of the countries in the contest, are a first picture of how passable is the qualification to the final or not. In other words, it’s time to make our predictions about who will advance to the final and who are the favorites to say goodbye to Liverpool early…

Turin will host the 67th Eurovision Song Contest from May 9th to 13th at the Liverpool Arena. The motto of this year’s event, as chosen by the organizers is “The Sound of Beauty”.

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Beyonce UK Renaissance Tour 2023: Dates & How To Get Tickets

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Calling all members of the Bey Hive! The time has finally come. Beyoncé has announced that she will be touring her latest album, ‘Renaissance’, released in July last year. Much to our delight, the superstar confirmed the live dates were happening at the Wearable Art Gala in California on October 22, when two tickets and a full backstage pass were put on auction.

Although the rumours of the 2023 tour have been confirmed, there still remains a lot of speculation around the dates of the UK leg, as well as whether Beyonce will be joining Elton John as a headliner at Glastonbury 2023. There is a lot of hype around Bey returning to British shores and a lot of fans will be trying to secure their seats to see her perform. We expect that when the tickets drop for ‘Renaissance’ in the UK they will sell out mega fast, so make sure to keep an eye out.

If you want to find out how to cuff your tickets to the ‘Renaissance’ tour then keep reading. Here is everything you need to know about Beyoncé’s 2023 UK shows.

The singer has been very secretive with any news of her tour and is yet to release any dates of pre-sale or general sale tickets. In true Bey fashion, she is keeping the Bey Hive very much on its toes.

No tickets have been released yet, so we don’t know exactly how much the ‘Renaissance’ tickets will cost. However, it is likely that the price will depend on where you sit.

For her ‘Formation’ tour shows in the UK, Beyonce’s tickets ranged from £77.50 to £385. It can only be assumed that tickets for this much-awaited tour won’t come cheap and may be much higher than that.

The ‘Break My Soul’ singer is yet to release any dates or venues for her ‘Renaissance’ tour and could announce them at any moment.

During her previous tours of the UK, Beyonce has made recurring visits to venues in London, Cardiff, Glasgow and Manchester. We can only hope that she will be making a return to these areas in her upcoming tour.

Now that the tour has been announced, there has been a lot of speculation around who Bey will be choosing to follow her around the world to open the show for her.

There have been rumours that Beyoncé has been considering British girl group Flo, who will receive the Rising Star Award at the 2023 Brit Awards. Other potential openers who will join Bey on stage are the Nigerian singer Tems, as well as English singer and rapper Bree Runway.
Beyonce’s last tour in the UK was back in 2018 with her husband Jay-Z for her show ‘On The Run II’. The couple performed a total of six acts that included a mix of both of the stars’ songs such as ‘Crazy in Love’, ‘99 Problems’ and ‘Run the World (Girls)’.

They started the tour in Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and London before moving onto the rest of Europe and finishing the tour back in the USA.

Before that, Bey toured the UK in 2016 with The Formation World Tour in support of her album ‘Lemonade’.

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11 Best Music Festivals of 2022 – Esquire

You may have missed Coachella but there are plenty of open air raves left to be had this year.
Back in 2020, many didn’t believe that we’d be rubbing shoulders with fellow-music lovers and screaming lyrics to our favorite songs at music venues together. With .css-umdwtv{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;text-decoration-thickness:.0625rem;text-decoration-color:#FF3A30;text-underline-offset:0.25rem;color:inherit;-webkit-transition:background 0.4s;transition:background 0.4s;background:linear-gradient(#ffffff, #ffffff 50%, #d5dbe3 50%, #d5dbe3);-webkit-background-size:100% 200%;background-size:100% 200%;}.css-umdwtv:hover{color:#000000;text-decoration-color:border-link-body-hover;-webkit-background-position:100% 100%;background-position:100% 100%;}Coachella back this year, one thing is clear for 2022: music festivals have been normalized again. Maybe you went and are desperate for more, wondering what to do with that leftover festival fever. Maybe you didn’t and the jealousy is too much to bear. Either way, don’t fret, Esquire complied a list of music festivals taking place the rest of the year.
Miami, FL – May 20-22
Minneapolis, MN – June 18-19
Afropunk is back again this year and is bringing with it the usual: groundbreaking arts, fashion and music from the Black community. Ari Lennox, Noname and Mereba are all set to perform at the festival, which will take place in Miami in May, and in Minneapolis over Juneteenth weekend, marking the first ever Afropunk event in the Midwest.
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Boston, MA
May 27-29

Boston Calling Music Festival is looking to make Memorial Day weekend one to remember. Nine Inch Nails, The Strokes and Metallica are all set to headline the three-day festival. The former are joined by impressive acts such as Haim, Weezer, Avril Lavigne, Black Pumas and more.
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New York, NY
June 10-12

Governors Ball, as always, will deliver another year incredible music, and some of the best NYC eats. This year festival-goers will be heading to Citi Field Lots, Queens to see the likes of Kid Cudi, Halsey and J-Cole, Roddy Ricch, Glass Animals, among others.
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Manchester, TN
June 16-19

Described as «the most positive place on this planet,» Bonnaroo is the place to be this summer. This year’s acts include Ludacris, 100 Gecs, and Marc Rebillet. There’s also a ton of electronic and pop punk acts set to perform at Bonnaroo. If you’ve never experienced Bonnaroo, it may be time for you to put on your camping shoes and head to Tennessee.
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Chicago, IL
July 15-16

If you’re wondering where all of the cool alternative artists will be this summer, you can find them at Pitchfork. For years, Pitchfork has been tagging themselves as «the most trusted voice in music.» Based on this year’s line-up, Pitchfork definitely has a taste for great music. Artists such as The National, Mitski and The Roots will be headlining the three-day weekend, where they’ll be followed by a slew of talented acts like Japanese Breakfast, Earl Sweatshirt, Tierra Whack, Amber Mark and more.
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Newport, RI
July 22-24

Being one of the first modern music festivals in the US with a 60-year-run, you can expect Newport Festival to be nothing short of extraordinary. For decades the festival has boasted renowned performances and an astounding cultural atmosphere. This year is no different, with artists all the way from Clairo to Beebadoobee, Buffalo Nichols, Maren Morris and more set to take the stage in Rhode Island.
Tickets are currently sold out, but there is an option to join the waitlist.
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Chicago, IL
July 28-31

LollaPalooza, the Chicago-based festival, is back this year with Dua Lipa, Doja Cat, Green Day, Lil Baby, Kygo and many others. Alongside a myriad of colorful outfits, you can expect to find incredible restaurants in the Windy City.
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Las Vegas, NV
September 16-18

Life is Beautiful festival coming to the Las Vegas area this September. Alongside music, the festival also offers culinary, art, and learning experiences in Downtown Vegas. This seems like a wonderful bonus to an incredible lineup. Artists like Lorde, Arctic Monkeys, Gorillaz, Jack Harlow and more are set to perform.
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Los Angeles, CA
September 16-18

After being canceled for the past two years, due to COVID-19, Primavera Sound is ready to shake American audiences. Artists such as James Blake, Nine Inch Nails, Cigarettes After Sex, Lorde, King Krule and many others are booked for the festival’s 2022 debut.
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Franklin, TN
September 24-25

The multi-genre weekend festival is set to make its eight year return this September. Chris Stapleton and Brandi Carlisle, who both received Grammy nominations this year, are set to headline the festival. Another Grammy winner on the bill is Jon Batiste, who actually earned the highest number of nominations by the Recording Academy this year. The complete line-up also features a number of other impressive musicians like The Avett Brothers, Elle King, Lennon Stella, Lake Street Drive and more.
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Las Vegas, NV
October 22-29

Emo and Pop-Punk fans can rejoice because all of your favorite artists are set to take the stage in Las Vegas this Fall with the When We Were Young Festival. The new festival boast an impeccable set list, which is already sold out. Artists such as Bring Me To the Horizon, Pierce the Veil, Avril Lavigne, Sleeping With Sirens are set to perform. Paramore and My Chemical Romance will be the festival’s headliners.
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Ammal Hassan is a writer and Esquire’s Snapchat Editor. She covers all things culture with a focus on music and pop culture. She is from Nairobi, Kenya and lives in New York City. 
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