Ian is off to see The Killers in a few weeks on the UK-leg of their worldwide tour and I’ve got to confess, I’m a little jealous.
See we’re all music lovers here at Luvo, and we love to have a bit of Spotify on in the office. We’ve got a wide age span in the team so the playlist tends to be ‘eclectic’ to say the least!
Poor Nenagh is definitely at a disadvantage when it’s time for one of Ian’s ’80’s pop quizzes’ … but she gets her own back when she asks if we like the latest Stormzy album (I still have no idea who he is!?!?)
But as great as iTunes, Spotify and the like are, nothing beats live music!
The sound, the atmosphere, the showmanship…. even the occasionally ‘sticky floor’ after a few too many spilt beers, it all adds to the experience.
And worldwide tours + large venues = BIG revenue.
Take The Killers, the average ticket was £70 and the venues they’re playing range from 16,000 to 20,000 seats. That means from just the UK leg (14 dates) of their tour the revenue is about £18 million. Not bad for a fortnight’s work!
And as huge as that money is, it’s not a patch on the R&D Tax Credits Theresa May and co have given out to SME’s in the last couple of years.
The Killers would need to repeat this leg of their tour 72 times to match the £1.3bn the government has dished out.
Fair enough, I’ll hand it to The Killers that being worldwide superstars has its perks (the bright lights, the adoring fans, the travel) but going on tour 72 times sounds like hard work to me!
R&D Tax Credits might not be quite as cool as being a rock star but it’s a lot easier way to make some money… yet less that 5% of SME’s that could cash in, do so.
Finally, I saw this quote over the weekend and will confess that it probably does apply to me!
‘My taste in music ranges from “you need to listen to this” to “I know, please don’t judge me!”.’