How Can The Music Industry Help The Environment?

For many years the gigs industry has been slated by many ecological organisations and pro environment activists that have argued that festivals have had a negative impact on the environment overall . This is because often in the wake of festivals large volumes of tents as well as camping equipment and rubbish has been left which can lead to environmental damage. Litter is another prevalent issue at festivals.

So how is the music industry driving change and changing this situation overall? There have been a number of different ways through which the music industry is changing in order to help the environment overall. One of the main ways through which it is changing is raising awareness surrounding the issue. There has been a marked increase in the number of times festival organisers as well as artists and staff alike have made visitors and concert goers aware of their effect on the environment and what they can do to reduce their overall impact.

One of the more radical and effective changes that has been seen has been the approach that has been adopted by some larger festival organisers. One of the biggest influences in this field has been Glastonbury. Glastonbury has been one of the first major festivals to rid themselves of single use plastics. This means that in future Glastonbury festivals music fans have to use recyclable cups and bottles provided by the venue themselves.

What Impact/Feedback Has This Led To?

Overwhelmingly there has been positive feedback and results as a result of this. Music fans are becoming more eco-aware and the vast majority support the actions of festival organisers such as Glastonbury who look to cut down on single use waste/plastics. However many believe that more needs to be done within the industry as there are many other gigs and concerts where there is no mention of the impact of litter and pollution and often these events have a large amount of litter and other pollution afterwards.

It could be argued that more artists need to make a case for positive action to encourage recycling and reduce litter as there are many venues that ignore this change in attitudes. Regardless what is clear is that more action is needed at music venues in order to highlight the importance of preventing pollution overall. This can only be achieved through artists raising awareness alongside festival organisers in order to reinforce the overall message.

What Are The Overall Effects Of Litter And Pollution Having?

The effects of litter and pollution are having dire consequences for the UK environment overall. Studies have indicated that the ecosystem has been damaged overall by pollution. If litter and other pollutants continue to be prevalent at festivals then organisers may need to be held more accountable for their actions as they are responsible for what happens during the festival.

Overall to conclude there is clearly still a lot that can be done by UK organisations in order to improve festivals overall and reduce any negative impact on the environment as a whole.

What Is The Best Free Website Hosting?

The best free website hosting service can be a difficult issue for people to tackle. On many occasions’ entrepreneurs have been let down by their provider who has been unable to take their company to the next level. Many companies utilise website hosting providers in order to try and take their firm to new heights which previously appeared unattainable to these firms. People will often aim to make their website as interactive and user friendly as possible and this can only be possible through utilising the most effective web hosting provider. In order to make the user experience as enjoyable for people using the site as possible the host has to be able to provide a service which can be beneficial for the user.

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Best Free Web Hosting

The process to find the best free website hosting provider can be a lengthy and strenuous one. People often discuss the difficulty in taking a business to the next level. Being a small start up can be easily ran. Without generating considerable sums of money, the levels of stress tend to be very manageable. However, as a business grows people can become increasingly stressed as more risky decisions are forced to be taken by business owners. This a situation where people need to strive to ensure that their business continues growing. The last thing they should need to worry about is whether or not their business is using the best free website hosting.

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Attracting New Consumers

Attracting new consumers can be an extremely challenging issue which companies can face. There is undoubtedly an argument which people can have about how their web hosting provider can help this become a reality. There can be no question that selecting the right hosting provider can prove extremely influential regarding the success of your business.

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Importance Of Choice

Businesses can become seriously impacted by incorrect selection of their web hosting provider. If people are visiting your site and they are underwhelmed by the experience they are receiving then this will substantially influence the probability of these people using your services.

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Importance Of Experience

Although people always expect an easy experience to purchase when they begin to engage with a company, poor experience can have a detrimental impact on the likelihood of people actually making a purchase with your company. Difficult to use and understand features on a website can seriously lengthen the amount of time taken for people to complete transactions on your website which can seriously affect the likelihood of people parting with their hard-earned money.

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Making Sales

Choosing the best free website hosting can be reflected in the profits which the company is able to generate. The level of monies which a company makes after introducing the best free website hosting generally shows exactly what the benefits are of such a system. Ultimately, the majority of business are judged upon their ability to generate a profit for themselves. If people are ignorant to the potential benefits of using the best free website hosting then the only thing which is suffering is their business as a result.

Learning a Few Lessons from the Music Industry

You can’t swing a remaindered copy of David Hasselhoff’s autobiography these days without hitting an article about where publishing is headed in the coming years. Though it does get a little tiresome at times, I am still glad to read all the talk and join in the conversation, because, at the very least, I’m thrilled to see that we in the publishing world are being more proactive about guiding our own destiny than, say, the music industry has been over the last decade or so. I live in Nashville, “Music City USA,” and I can’t even begin to count how many friends and acquaintances of mine have lost jobs as the music industry holed up and didn’t do much more than lob lawsuit hand grenades at the evil downloaders as digital music took off. Only in the last few years have most of the music folks begun to creatively think through new revenue models for their industry.

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But one discussion that seems to only recently be gaining traction, on the internet especially, is whether and how the role of literary agent should change in the decade ahead. For example, I’ve heard more than a couple authors recently, who have been reasonably successful midlist authors, begin to question out loud whether it makes sense to continue writing books, as they’ve seen their advances shrink, copies sold dwindle, and marketing budgets dry up. As the economy and, even more ominously, the plethora of entertainment options available to consumers take their toll on the world of books, these authors are wondering whether there is really any money to be made if your name isn’t J.K. or Snooki. Certainly, some of these authors will just chuck the whole writing thing and pick up a more profitable pastime, like button collecting. But I suspect that many of them will begin to experiment with self-publishing, advertising-supported blogging, and other sorts of revenue opportunities that their writing could bring them, and they may find those opportunities to be even more profitable than traditional publishing ever was.

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The question, then, is: where does this leave your friendly neighborhood literary agent? Well, if you’re Binky Urban or Andrew Wylie, with a herd of mega-bestselling authors in your stable, you probably don’t have a lot to lose sleep over in the near future. But if you’re like me, an agent with a number of fantastic “midlist” sorts of authors (who, thankfully, do hit the bestseller lists from time to time, but not as often as they deserve to!), then you can either bury your head in the sand the way the music industry folks did ten or fifteen years ago, or you can start challenging paradigms and rethinking what a literary agent might look like in years ahead.

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I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I’m thinking more and more about my role as publishing “advisor and consultant” and “manager” than I have in the past, and how I can best benefit my author clients and still continue to live the champagne and caviar lifestyle I’m so accustomed to (my wife just read that last part over my shoulder and started laughing uncontrollably). It’s one of the topics I’ll be thinking about in my little section of Alt-Country. I may also be thinking about how to attract Snooki as a client, but I’ll keep that to myself.

We’re On Tour! Our Lisbon Leg Sponsored By Dermal Fillers Glasgow

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We are nearing the end of our European tour and we hope you have enjoyed our blog on all the cities we have visited around Europe from sunny Scotland to ending our Tour in Lisbon, Portugal. In our final blog we will show you all our favourite things about Lisbon! We are lucky to have Dermal Fillers Glasgow specialists – The Berkeley Clinic Glasgow sponsor our final blog post…well not the final blog post but the final in our European Tour series.

Lisbon is world famous for its tiled walls, Portuguese food (nothing like Nandos by the way), glorious culture and rich history.

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Time Out Market

With over 40 stalls, the Time Out Market has a whole host of delicious Portuguese food to try. The indie food trucks/ pop up restaurants have all been chosen my The Times food editors – with no less than 4 stars you will definitely want to come to this food market for a decent bite to eat.

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MAAT Museum

This is one of Lisbon’s newest contemporary art museums which has been featured all over Instagram in recent months by social media influencers. This is a project by the EDP Foundation that has closed, opened, closed again and recently re opened.

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Feira da Ladra

This market rivals London’s Portobello Market. Feira da Ladra is a flea market that has been open for business since 1903 in its location Campo de Santa Clara.

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Ground Burger

The best burger you will ever taste – no exaggeration.

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Park

The Bairro Alto get packed every evening on a rooftop bar full of revellers, keen to sip on cocktails and watch the sun go down. The view over Lisbon is incredible and with entertainment of live DJ to liven things up this is an experience you will not want to miss.

The Origins Of Country Music

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Country, country western or as its sometimes called…Hillbilly music is a popular genre of music that originated in the southern states of the USA. Country music was first recognised in the 1920s, taking its roots from American blues and folk music.

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The first commercial recording of country music was by fiddlers Henry Gilliland and A.C. Robertson in 1923 for Victor records. Columbia Records started releasing music from the country genre from 1924.

The first country style song that was released with vocals was in 1923 by John Carson, called Little Log Cabin in the Lane.

The Great Depression in the 30s caused a huge decline in record sales however radio became a very popular source of entertainment in society. As well as this the now famous Grand Ole Opry opened in 1925 which showcased (and still does to this day) local and worldwide musical talent.

The 1940s introduced new genres of country music when the cowboys became popular in film. New country genres includes:

  • Singing cowboys and Western swing
  • Hillbilly Boogie
  • Bluegrass folk & gospel
  • Honky Tonk
  • Country Pop
  • Country Rock
  • Cowboy Ballads

However by the 1960s cowboy ballads declined in sales withe the popularity of Rock n Roll. But with the help of marketing agencies and film country became popular again in the 70s and has been successful ever since.

Famous country singers:

  • Shania Twain
  • Faith Hill
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Taylor Swift
  • The Dixie Chicks

We’re On Tour! The Amsterdam Leg Sponsored By Commercial Cleaning Glasgow

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We are still on tour travelling Europe bit by bit. Boy is it different from our hometown Nashville. Each country we’ve been to so far all has different cultures and languages – it has been truly amazing! This blog is going to be about our Amsterdam gig and the best parts of this incredible city! We were fortunate enough to have this blog sponsored by commercial cleaners Glasgow, SE Commercial Services who we met on our Scottish leg of the tour.

Ice Bar

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A bar where everything is made from ice. The seats, the glass, the bar – everything. Although you can only stay for 20 minutes this is still an excellent tourist attraction to visit.

Anne Frank House

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We didn’t learn much about the World Wars when we went to school however, we did decide to get educated at the Ann Frank House & Museum. Once you arrive you firstly getting a walking tour of the house and how the family managed to hide from the Nazi’s to avoid getting sent to concentration camps. Then after the house there is a thought provoking museum – if you have time to do this it is defiantly worth a visit.

Cycling

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Amsterdam has built itself to be a cycle-friendly city where there are actually more bikes than people. With some amazing cycle routes, there is no better way to explore the city than on your bike.

Jordann District

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This neighbourhood is artsy, trendy, cool, quirky and desirable. Filled with art galleries, boutiques, cafes and other quirky independent shops – this is a relaxed area of the city you will definitely want to explore!

Rijksmuseum

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Well…we didn’t actually go inside this museum but there’s a really cool ‘Iam Amsterdam’ sign outside which makes for a brilliant photo/instagram opportunity.

Heineken Experience

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So far we have enjoyed the Guinness & Tennants factory tours in Scotland & Ireland so we had to come and visit the birth place of Heineken.

We unfortunately only managed one day in Amsterdam before our next stop in Germany however the gig went brilliantly and the crowd were on great form! We can’t wait to come back one day

Everything You Need To Know About The ACM Awards 2019

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On Sunday April 7th, the 54th annual Academy Country Music Awards took place in Las Vegas, hosted by Reba McEntire. Here is everything that went down on the night.

How Is Reba McEntire?

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Reba McEntire has been hosting the ACM Awards for 16 years. The country music songstress. Before the night, McEntire spoke about staying away from politics on the night and instead honouring the music stars on the night. However she did give praise to the rising female stars within the country music industry who she believes hasn’t been given enough credit.

Performances

The MGM Garden Arena hosted some of the greatest country music stars where some of the biggest names in the industry took the stage to perform.

  • Carrie Underwood
  • Maren Morris
  • Little Big Town
  • Keith Urban
  • Blake Shelton
  • LANCO
  • Luke Bryan
  • George Strait
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Kelly Clarkson

The Winners

  • Keith Urban – Entertainer of the Year
  • Kacey Musgraves – Female Artist of the Year
  • Thomas Rhett – Male Artist of the Year
  • Dan & Shay – Duo of the Year
  • Old Dominion – Group of the Year
  • Kacey Musgraves: Golden Hour – Album of Year
  • Dan & Shay: Tequila – Single of the Year & Song of the Year

How The Pallet Jack Has Helped The Music Industry

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Within the music industry there are a variety of different tools and systems that are used to help aid production teams and artists. One of the most important and often overlooked tools is known as the pallet jack. Through this post we will explain to you how the Pallet Jack has made a real difference in the music industry. We will also explore its overall advantages and applications.

Challenges Production Crews Face

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Production crews at music concerts often face a number of different challenges. These can vary from logistical challenges to technical and physical. The Pallet Jack can to simplify these issues due to its unique attributes it can bring to its users. Event crews can often suffer from exhaustion or burnout as a direct result of having to repeatedly lift heavy weights long and short distances. This can result in injury and employees having a reduced ability to work. This can impact on overall effectiveness. In order to counter this effect pallet jacks can be used to ensure heavy loads are moved without risking injury.

Another major challenge that production crews may face is lack of training. Often production crews at large music events are likely to be temporary event staff. As a result they may not be as likely to have up to date training on certain areas of work. Lifting technique is one of these factors and lack of training in this area could lead to severe injury. Thankfully the pallet jack can be used with basically no training and is an excellent lifting and moving asset.

Other Common Forms Of Equipment Used In The Industry

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In addition to the pallet jack there are a number of different forms of equipment that are regularly used in the industry. One such form of equipment is the forklift truck. The forklift is driven by one operator and can move goods weighing over one tonne from one area to another relatively quickly thanks to its mobility and power. Unlike Pallet jacks forklift trucks require training to use and can be hazardous if used incorrectly or driven recklessly. An advantage the pallet jack has over the forklift is that the pallet jack costs significantly less to maintain and use.

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Advantages And Limitations Of The Pallet Jack

The Pallet stacker comes with a range of advantages as well as limitations but overall is good value for money and a versatile and flexible piece of equipment.

  • One of the major advantages of the pallet jack is that it can navigate in narrow spaces. This is useful as it can be used in more enviroments and is more flexible than the forklift for example
  • Another advantage is ease of use. The pallet jack is normally pretty easy to use and understand compared with other equipment and requires very little training.
  • A disadvantage of the pallet jack is their weight capacity is significantly lower than some other forms of equipment such as the forklift.
  • A further disadvantage is that it may take longer to move goods than some other methods.
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Scotland- A Musical And Cultural History

Last month we visited the beautiful country of Scotland and we were taken aback by its stunning architecture , friendly culture and buzzing music scene. Scotland has always had close ties with the USA as a result of immigration over many years. Many americans can indeed trace their ancestors back to Scotland. Through this article we will explore what makes Scotland unique in terms of its music , culture and people.

Scottish Music

In Scotland music plays an important role in everyday life and can be found all over the country from pubs and bars to main streets and community events. One type of event that is synonymous with parties and music is the traditional Scottish ceilidh. A ceilidh is large social gathering often accompanied with traditional Scottish music and dancing. Ceilidhs in Scotland are a very big deal and are considered a rite of passage for the younger generation. They are often incorporated into important events such as marriages , birthdays and community events.

Part of what makes Ceilidhs unique is that everyone is dancing. Its not uncommon to see an entire hall of people on their feet. The traditional Scottish music / live folk band normally does the trick and creates an electric atmosphere. Many Ceilidh songs often adopt a similar rhythm to country and western songs however they are played by very different instruments.

Scottish Culture

Closely related to Scottish music is Scottish culture. The Scots are well known throughout the world for being kind and friendly people. The “people make Glasgow” slogan ran true for us when we visited there. Wherever you went people were always happy to give directions , tell us a bit about local shops/things to see. Scotland although a small nation prides itself in being unique and has an interesting history.

Contrary to popular belief kilts are not worn by Scottish people going to the shops or on their way to work or often in public at all for that matter. Kilts are actually pretty expensive and are reserved normally for important social occasions such as weddings , graduations and birthdays.

The culture in Scotland varies depending on what area you visit. For example in the islands to the west coast of Scotland there is a large number of fishermen and farmers who have practiced their craft for many years whereas the further inland you go towards the highlands the population becomes more sparce. This is because many people chose to move towards the centre of Scotland where two of its largest cities (Edinburgh and Glasgow) are located. Lack of jobs and investment often resulted in many taking this big decision and moving down towards the cities to find more work.

We’re On Tour! How Event Crew Hire Helped Our London Gig

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This was probably the most nerve wracking gig we have done so far in our career. The music scene in London is extremely eclectic so alternative country wasn’t something new but something exciting so some music bloggers and record company scouts were coming along to watch us perform. We decided we needed to up the anti and get some help from event crew hire in the production of our show.

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Show Production

The event crew hire company we used gave us lighting and sound specialists as well as event specialists who would organise tickets and drinks. Our gig was held as the famous O2 Academy in London and it was a sell out – we were thrilled when we heard this! It took nearly all day to get the production correct – lighting had to be perfect! The sound check went to plan and the place looked unreal. Event crew checked tickets and handed out bottles of water to the crowd. If any small band is looking for extra help on tour we highly recommend

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The Best Things We Did In London

  • London Eye
  • Pub Quiz in Peckham at The Nunshead
  • Clapham Common
  • Everything in
  • Hyde Park
  • Camden Market
  • Covent Garden
  • The Sky Garden
  • Have a curry in Brick Lane
  • Old Spitafields Market
  • Everything in Shoreditch
  • We took the underground everywhere

That brings us to the end of our UK tour sadly. We have had the best time ever in the UK and Ireland!! In the week we’ve been here we have seen and done so much- we will definitely be back! We are now currently on the ferry over to The Netherlands where will be playing one night in Amsterdam while exploring there for a few days – Speak soon!