Where I come from, alcahol is a way of life. You don't go out to have fun, you go out to drink yourself stupid. The result from the government has been, "Well lets close more pubs and clubs", the response from patrons has been "awsome, we're all kicked out of the pubs and clubs at 3am now, when the nights still young, we have no where to go cos half the clubs and pubs have closed down.... Well fellas... LETS HAVE A MASSIVE FUCKING FIGHT AND STAB OURSELVES STUPID!" .... Fair enough. ... And well, young kids are the same. "No more pubs and clubs to run underage dance parties anymore (alcahol free)... LETS GO INTO THE CITY AND GET PISSED OFF CHEAP WINE AND SMASH PEOPLE AND STAB THE INNOCENT!!! MUAAAHAHHAHAHA WE ARE YOUNG!!! WE CAN GET AWAY WITH SCARRING PEOPLE FOR LIFE!!! MUAHAHAHAHAHH" .... That's because, well kids these days... They should all be stabbed anyway.
Well... The last 3 gigs I did were alcahol free. Because, the majority of parties and nights my friends host and things like that have been well, FUCKING HORRIBLE! so I've gone back to doing mobile gigs because in all honesty, they just party harder... Much harder!
Anyways. So the last 3 gigs I did, no aclcahol and they partied LONGER and danced harder than all the aclahol or drug fuelled gigs. They appreciated the music more. EVERYONE was more friendly. No one was annoying and, at the risk of sounding too, 'G' rated ..... It was good wholesome fun!
I'm seriously starting to think this may be the way forward. The way to "save the party" so to speak. People just don't get together for good music anymore unless theres alcahol or drugs to make it appeal to them.
Is it time to start hiring out scout halls again and doing gigs as a kind of, community art project as opposed to a party in some, vain attempt to get people to appreciate quality music for what it SHOULD be? (Which is simply, Music good enough to enjoy for what it is, for the talent gone into it, not for the mind altering substances consumed prior to hearing it in order to enjoy it).