Author Topic: Closing Off Upstairs at the Club  (Read 441 times)

rich_WDC

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Closing Off Upstairs at the Club
« on: December 05, 2017, 03:35:23 pm »
I guess it's been a looong time since I've been to a show that wasn't a hit....
I recently went to a 930 show and the balcony was closed off, even the U-shaped sides.
Thus, the floor was nicely packed but empty upstairs.

I totally get the concept of reducing costs for personnel etc when the crowd size dictates, but it makes the venue more uncool without the viewing options and the nice traffic flow that includes upstairs.    Not opening the uptop bar (or even that top level, besides VIP) makes sense, but what is the harm with the main balcony side sections?   Is it that much more for trash cleanup after the show?  There was already security up there so that's not an additional cost.

It must look sucky to the band -- even if they know the ticket count -- to look up and see an empty balcony.   Even one-two rows of people around the Balcony would be pleasant and that would give the audience up there, and the audience on the floor, a little more breathing room and make the place overall look better to the band.

Have they always done this for low-selling shows?  Any other observations/suggestions?

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Re: Closing Off Upstairs at the Club
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2017, 04:57:54 pm »
weird, I don't think I've seen that before.....what band was it?

rich_WDC

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Re: Closing Off Upstairs at the Club
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2017, 04:58:58 pm »
weird, I don't think I've seen that before.....what band was it?
The Rev Horton Heat with special guests Dale Watson, Big Sandy, and The Blasters.

It's true that RevHH has been coming through at least once a year for over 25 years and the price has crept up to 30bucks and folks are probably weighing all that (not to mention it was a Sunday night).   Still, this has been a good market for the band and I hope that the closed-off Balcony isn't a turnoff for them.