Does Live Music Have A Shelf Life?

The way we listen to music is evolving. Long gone are Saturday morning trips to HMV or Woolworths to buy the latest single on CD (or cassette... anyone?). Woolworths no longer exists, HMV is clinging on to life support and CD’s are teetering on the edge of artefact status.

Music is now on immediate demand with online streaming services allowing us to hear any song from any point in history at the tap of a button. 

It’s laughable to recall now, but if you loved a new song 20 years ago, you’d have to listen out for it all day on the radio. Or visit a record shop with a jukebox facility and headphones so you could listen to any one of the top 10 chart hits.

So where does live music find its place in the shifting culture of how we enjoy it?


Is it headed for extinction when we can instead opt to go online and conjure any number of arrangements, remixes or covers of our favourite songs? 

We don’t think so. A live music experience is something that can’t be replicated, let alone replaced. It becomes more than a listening exercise, it’s a collective human experience that can never be recreated in exactly the same way. 

There is something very pure in the language of music, and as a live event it takes the form of a direct communication between the musicians and the audience.

What are your thoughts? Will live music live on?