Foo Fighters may have just started a new way to book concerts.
NME News is reporting that the county of Cornwall’s crowdfunding campaign to bring Foo Fighters to the area has reached its target of £150,000 in just two days. However, the organizers must now convince the band to agree to play a show in the English county.
The campaign allows people to pledge varying amounts of money in return for tickets, T-shirts and other packages, should the pitch be successful. £50 gets you a ticket to the gig, while packages up to £10,000 for a major corporate sponsor are available.
Now that the target has been met, the organizers report that calls are being put in to Foo Fighters’ management to try to arrange a date for the prospective show.
A statement reads, “We did it!! We hit our target of £150,000 in just two days. THANK YOU to all our backers – together we have achieved something really amazing. Emails and calls are going in to the Foo Fighters’ management and Dave Grohl personally right away to show them what we’ve done and to try and get a date confirmed asap. We will keep you posted.”
The enterprise follows on from a successful crowdfunded campaign that resulted in the band playing in Richmond, Virginia on September 17. The campaign was helmed by fan Andrew Goldin, who started an online fund to bring the band to the town for the first time since 1998.
Following this, another Kickstarter attempt was launched to bring the band to Birmingham. This campaign has also reached its £150,000 target, though no date has been set for the gig. Foo Fighters have yet to comment on whether they are willing to respond to the demand and play the crowdfunded shows.
Gigwise is reporting that Cornwall has actually surpassed their intended goal, and now stand at £163,426. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl believes this kind of campaign could be the future of booking concerts.
“I’m telling you, it could become the way that bands decide where they want to play,” the frontman told Rolling Stone about crowdfunded gigs. “It’s a fun thing; it sort of changes the game. For the past 20 years we always decided who we’re going to play with and where we’re going to play. But now, if we hear that people want us to come somewhere, maybe we’ll come there.”
Meanwhile, Foo Fighter’s latest album, Sonic Highway, is set for release on November 10. A BBC documentary on the making of the record will air in late October.
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