You're too old for this (in the best way)

The tweet by a band called Wednesday about a tour to SXSW

You're too old for this (in the best way)
A tweet from an indie rock band called Wednesday from Asheville, North Carolina

The Wednesday band SXSW tweet

I'm better-late-than-never to this tweet and the discussion about touring economics that followed.

Quick points for context:

  • SXSW or SX is South by Southwest: an annual super-festival of music and media in Austin, Texas, (hence the "Austin Airbnb 5 days" above)
  • Wednesday is the name of an indie-rock band with five members from Asheville, North Carolina
  • At SXSW, Wednesday played an official showcase: where you earn no standard performance fees but can seek promotional benefits

The rest of the tour entries listed above tell the story of Wednesday traveling to and from SXSW, gigging along the way. This kind of story has been newsy lately.

Why Are Musicians Expected To Be Miserable On Tour Just To Break Even?
A SXSW tweet sparked conversation about tour economics.
Why it’s Harder Than Ever to Be a Young Band on the Road
Positive Covid tests, broken windows, astronomical gas prices, and gigs where only the bassist’s family shows up: Welcome to life on tour in 2022
Little Simz cancels US tour citing financial unviability as an indie artist
The UK rapper and Top Boy actor said the month-long tour would leave her ‘in a huge deficit’, highlighting the difficulties many musicians face to make a livelihood

You can peruse these to see how plenty of people reacted to the tweet. But here are the three reactions I had...