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The shit-show continues.
Bus shortages, crew shortages, gear rental shortages, tent shortages, stage shortages, vinyl shortages and now….
Merch companies globally are backed up to no end and the key reason for this is a massive shortage in raw materials / blank shirts.
As a direct result, shirts that would once cost a band around 6 EUR on average to purchase are now costing 12 EUR on average. Sadly, this extra cost will trickle down to the consumer at the end of the day in the result of higher prices for their beloved band shirts.
Ticket prices will already be increasing substantially moving forward after all of these make up shows are finished.
We all know merch is an absolutely crucial and integral part of touring, particularly in the rock and metal world. Sometimes, it’s the thing that separates a band being able to go home with $5 in their pickets, rather than in a giant minus.
Join us tonight at 20:00 CEST / 19:00 BST / 14:00 EST / 11AM PST where we will be joined by our special guest Zoltan Jakab of Empire Merch (who also happens to print our CREW Coalition merch) as he explains what the prognosis ahead looks like both for the band and for the consumer and what, if anything, we can do.
As usual…. a few reminders.
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