Anonymous said: I've always wondered, who decides whether gigs are 18+, 21+, etc? It's quite annoying for younger fans (but I'm sure nicer for adults). And what country would you love to play a show that you haven't yet?
Stupid fucking drinking laws. This shit really annoys me. All the all ages venues get booked up quick or have a shit PA, so we’re playing to half our fans. I really wish we could play a matinee or play a different show but it’s hard to organise with the little time we have in the US, which is the worst for restrictions. The alcohol industry pretty much owns live music venues so if they can’t make a good profit on the bar then there’s no point in putting on a show. It sucks for you and it sucks for us, most of these shows are 21+ so the next time we come back we’re gonna do our best to put on as many all ages shows as possible.
I found it hard to even play our own shows in the UK when I was 17 and in America before I was 21. I couldn’t watch the support bands in some places on the last US tour, and in Seattle I had a security escort to walk through me through the bar in case I went up and ordered a drink. I was restricted to the dressing room and was treated like a convict- it was pretty bad.
I think the best thing you can do is talk to your local promoters until they know it’s worth putting on an all ages show. There is no joy in playing a show you know your fans would love to watch but they can’t because they’re “too young”.