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Thread #119236   Message #2588106
Posted By: Marje
13-Mar-09 - 12:57 PM
Thread Name: Musicians Quiting and Venues Dying
Subject: RE: Musicians Quiting and Venues Dying
I'd better make one thing clear: when I mentioned the cost of the fizzy water, I was referring to a session in which we, the session players, were advertised in the pub as the "Folk Evening", and our music was the only point of interest in a pub which is struggling to survive and is generally almost empty. My fun wasn't "coming out of anyone's pocket" - we were providing the entertainment for ourselves and for others, for free.

I don't expect necessarily to get a free drink for playing (although it's nice when we do) but I don't think it's too much to ask that there be one reasonably priced soft drink for those who don't happen to want alcohol on that occasion, whether they're musicians or just general pub-goers. Raising the price of soft drinks to equal those of alcoholic drinks (which include duty etc) is a mean trick, and does nothing to encourage people to use the pub.