hmm i can see why a lot of the time though, its tough for them to match the way they get treated in europe compared to here
That needs to change, I'm guessing the difference is there are more people willing to pay to see these kinds of bands in Europe, which then leads to better conditions and more tour dollars for the bands. Thing is, there are a lot of bands that come over I would easily travel a couple of hours for on a week night, but London is a whole 'nother thing. Plus a lot of bands just tend to skip the UK altogether.
Is this a relatively recent thing at this level of touring, or has this been the case for a while? SOMEthing needs to happen...
Its down to money really, gets expensive to tour when not many people turn up to a gig and that's ultimately what pays the fuel, van hire etc. With a bit of planning though I think it's very possible, doing it again next year but half UK half Europe. A lot of it is just down to great promotion. Desertscene have done some really good tours so far
Bands from abroad consider the UK to be a money loser, work permits alone can send guarantees sky high, this is further compounded by the threat of low turn outs, not an uncommon occurence; catering and accomodation is usually lacking. During our two month stint of touring Europe, Kongh, Toner Low, and Switchblade mentioned their desire to play here, but these bands would probably struggle to make ends meat at the moment. Eagle Twin was a total wash out in the UK. In Europe there is a more intense interest in bands that are touring, when we went out in September on our own, we were relatively unknown and yet we were blown away by the response. We are proof that food, accomodation and money isn't about how popular you are, it is part of an instilled approach on how bands should be treated. The UK in contrast sucks...it's an unfortunate state of affairs.