Hospitality New Zealand shares concerns about a decline in
the number of live music venues raised in The Star last week.
The Star reported that local jazz musician Trevor Coleman was
worried about what he saw as a decline in the availability of
live music venues in Dunedin after local pub the Robbie Burns
Hospitality New Zealand Otago president Mark Scully said he
agreed there were far fewer venues these days but said he did
not know how to fix the problem.
He recalled seeing an ODT gig guide from the 1980s
listing every band playing at the time. About 27 bands were
''In those days there was a band in every suburban bar.''
Mr Scully did not think publicans were against live music but
said it was not bringing in the same kind of money any more.
Part of this was because people were ''pre-loading'', or
drinking at home, before they came into town to listen to
bands. This meant they would not buy many drinks at the bars.
Previously, people would come to a bar to see a band and
would drink there, he said.
He suggested for every $1 spent on paying a
band, $3-$4 needed to be
made at the bar to make live music economical.
- Jonathan Chilton-Towle