Whether you’re a Goth, metal-head, traditional post-Punker or eighties fanatic there is a local alternative scene that is calling out for help.
What happened to the days when all alternatives alike would band together to create a thriving scene with music, merch and great people? While you’re rocking out at your Goth only club, there is a metal band down the street struggling to survive. Here are five super simple ways to support your local alternative scene all while having heaps of fun.
If we don’t start supporting our scene than before we know it, it’ll disappear right from under us!
Music is an art form and cultural activity whose medium is sound organized in time. The common elements of music are pitch (which governs melody and harmony), rhythm, dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture.
- Go to the shows! What’s a scene if no one shows up?
- Buy from independent businesses! Supporting independent businesses that support your scene is important. You know where the money is going, and often it is put straight back into the live shows and events you go to.
- Buy band merch! Local bands aren’t often on a record label; they rely on tickets sold and a good old merchandise table.
- Partake in swaps! Sure, you might not have the money to spend on band merch or independent designers. But many scenes hold swap meets, or markets with venders that would love to swap your goods for theirs.
- Dress up for your local club! Make an effort and soon you’ll start to inspire others to get out of the house in their finest club wear.
- Spread the word! The most valuable way to support your local alternative scene is to let other people know it exists. The more people that attend events, the more events there will be! Many alternative clubs or events go out of business because they don’t get enough attendance. Spreading the word could be as simple as sharing a Facebook page!
If we don’t start supporting our scene than before we know it, it’ll disappear right from under us! Don’t forget the little band with great music that you assumed would be fine without you – what if no one else has heard them? Share that designer you stumbled across on Etsy – they might be about to call it quits!
How do you support your local alternative scene?
Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to share your favorite part of your own local scene with us too!