Yuyintang during Expo - the actual stats
Before we get going on this. I urge you to read this preface carefully, especially if you are going to comment.
The following stats are related to this post on the Expo.
The stats do not relate to all of it. Some may read the results and think it a normal or positive result, others not. I just want to throw them in. They don't relate to my point on attendances, for example.
In the comments on the linked post, our good friend Bren came in and said that he thought only a small amount of shows were, in fact, priced over 40 rmb. He gave some numbers to back this up. It was a strong point with evidence and I thought it worthy of follow up.
So, I have been through the entire back catalogue of events at Yuyintang and tabulated every single one for name, date, price and international or domestic. Really, I did. If you want to see this first hand I will be happy to e-mail it to you - my mail is in the about page at the side there. I used the Yuyintang Douban host page which has not only the details but all the dated flyers too.
This is only for YYT, it's a kind of controlled sample. Please please, think before interpreting, whatever shortfall you think these numbers have, I probably agree with you.
All gigs named for headliners/billed acts.
All prices taken from standard/door price.
Some shows were cancelled.
Free shows and shows with no data are not included in the ticket price stats.
Some of these shows, for example that cost 40 or less, were odd ones like World Music or Jazz - but I kept them in anyway.
Minor adjustments can be made by getting the grid from me and going through it yourself.
OK, some observations:
For the period of the Expo May 1st - October 31st
Total booked shows at Yuyintang: 124
International acts: 57 (57/124)
China based acts: 67 (67/124)
Of the China based acts - Shanghainese/Shanghai based: 38 (38/124 total shows)
Of those 38 - acts whose members are all or mostly Chinese 25 (25/124 total shows)
of 124 shows:
under 40 RMB: 22
40 RMB: 42
(so 40 or less combined = 64)
over 40 RMB: 42
Free/spoiled data: 18
So 42 out of 106 ticketed shows were over 40 RMB or around 40% of shows.
To put that in context, prior to the Expo run up, the average indie scene ticket was 20-30 and 40 was the limit and considered pushing it but acceptable. Someone please put me right if they can, but prior to the start of Expo fever and the event itself, a show at YYT or previous incarnations/venues would almost never go over 40. So statistically we have 39% more high priced shows than before - a massive jump.
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