Tribute bands are known to have been around since the 60s, but are they creating problems for new artists?
Since the emerge of tribute bands we have seen an increase in both their popularity and the number of them.
Mr Kyps live music venue in Poole is playing host to many tribute bands over the coming months including Coldplace, ABBA FEVER and Beatles With Wings.
It is easy to see the appeal of tribute bands as they recreate the experience one would get seeing the original act, for a lower price.
In a ethnomusicology podcast, John Paul Meyers, an assistant professor at the University of Illinois said: “people want the ‘liveness’ of it, that’s why they go to a tribute band concert.”
Simply listening to the original music at home isn’t enough, they want the full experience.
Future of Music
However, with more venues deciding to hire tribute acts as their evening entertainers, where does that leave original aspiring artists to perform?
Multiple international artists like Ed Sheeran, Shania Twain and The Beatles started out performing in pubs or cafes before they made it big in the industry. Now their place has been taken by those who wish to impersonate them.There has been social media platforms created like YouTube and Facebook, which has enabled new artists to publish their original music to the world. This is how artists like Shawn Mendes and Alessia Cara were discovered. These platforms enable both types of performers to coexist more easily.