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Bands charging for meet-and-greets come under fire

Musicians have waded in to the ongoing controversy concerning acts charging their fans for meet-and-greet sessions.

Even the largest bands spend time with their fans before and after live gigs, which is often undertaken though competitions run as part of a marketing strategy for the shows themselves.

These meetings gained new popularity in recent weeks, however, after it emerged US band ’30 Seconds to Mars’ was charging fans up to £575 to spend time with them for meet-and-greet sessions.

Similarly, hardcore band Hawthorne Heights was also accused of doing the same thing, albeit at just £100 per show.

In light of the revelations, musicians have come out to roundly criticise those bands which undertake such practices, claiming it to be “exploiting” those people who are fans of the music.

One such musician was Sam Halliday of Irish band ‘Two Door Cinema Club’, who told nme.com that it was “ripping off” the hardcore fans.

Meanwhile, Rou Reynolds, the lead singer of rock-ravers ‘Enter Shikari’, took a much more pugnacious tone.

Reynolds used his personal twitter.com account to proclaim: “These bands are exploiting their fans.

“Everyone is beginning to think paying to simply meet another human is acceptable. It’s madness. These £M&G£ [meet-and-greet] bands, they probably don’t think about it. Long gone is any philosophy or progressive thought in punk.”

To date the message, stretched across two tweets, has garnered close to 1,000 retweets.

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