Music Fans Have A New Problem: Too Many Concerts, Too Little Time
By : Neil Shah
Source : Wall Street Journal
No music fan wants to miss out on a concert by one of their favorite artists, especially after two years of a pandemic. But Nick Carrey recently found himself in exactly that dilemma.The 20-year-old student wanted to see the British pop singer and songwriter Charli XCX perform this month in New York at the Hammerstein Ballroom. But another one of his favorite artists, the pop-punk band The Story So Far, is rolling through town the same night.“Everyone is playing at once, so you have to pick and choose,” says Mr. Carrey. The number of shows “feels overwhelming.” (Ultimately, he picked rock over pop, buying tickets for The Story So Far.)The pandemic brought the concert industry to a halt. Now, it’s the opposite: An unprecedented number of musicians are hitting the road at the same time, hoping to make up for lost revenue, music executives say, even as concerns about a fresh wave of Covid-19 grow. That is creating a traffic jam of concerts that are scheduled for the same week, or even the same night.