Morrissey does play shows that aren’t sold out

butley

Well-Known Member
He played Wollongong near Sydney a couple of years ago and, referring to the venue being nowhere near sold out, said “It’s fine” or “It’s okay”. He also gets paid the agreed fee whether it’s a sell out or not. It’s the promoters that take the risk not the artist. To say he cancels shows that haven’t sold well is bullshit.
 

Harsh Truth

Ever Felt Had?
This is mostly true, yes, though contracts with promoters usually have an escape clause [for the promoter] in the unlikely event that tickets sales don't reach a certain threshold, say 50% or 60%. (I'm not saying that is the case with the current cancellation.)

Likewise, contracts are sometimes structured so that the artist gets a "bonus" on top of the standard fee if a show sells out, or at some other threshold (say, 90%+ sold).
 
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