It seems the the most popular reasons for going to gigs is
1. A popular band who have made it and you know the words to their songs.
2. A mates band who you feel you have to go and see
or 3. You wandered in the venue mistaken it for your own front door in a drunken daze.
How many of you go to gigs not knowing what the band are like or even who they are? Just on the off chance you might discover something?
I mean why the fuck would anyone do that when you can just log on to spotify? I'll tell you why, because its better. Much in the same way sexual intercourse is better than surfing youporn.
In a exaggerated stance, leaving gigs to die and x factor to grow stronger year by year, the charts are going to be fucked over the hmv counter by jedward while credible artists give up writing songs as free downloads don't pay.
I'm sure its all different in London where the fog cleans your clothes and the cashpoints give you free money, everywhere else though, gigs seem to be loss leaders while the dubstep promoters rake it in charging " £7 DOOR TAX FOR DJ SPAZZCOCK'S BANGING SETLIST HE DID INNIT"
If you want to have a new favourite band in 5 years time and you want them to be good, then go to some gigs. Even if the band is shit you can slag them off, regardless of whether you're in a band or not.
(sometimes this is the most fun..)