UK Post-Punk Band Introduces Discount Tickets Initiative

20 October 2022 | 2:53 pm | Mary Varvaris

The tickets will be sold on an honour system.

(Pic by El Hardwick)

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East Sussex post-punk outfit Porridge Radio have announced a discount tickets initiative to combat the cost of living crisis in the UK.

The initiative isn't only lovely but necessary: the Liz Truss government is withdrawing its energy price guarantee, and the annual cost of energy bills in the UK is forecast to hit £4,347 (7,805.87 AUD) - a £100 (179.71 AUD) a month price hike from April 2023.

Porridge Radio announced this on their Instagram account. "In response to the current cost of living crisis, we've decided to set aside 30 tickets per show for our headline UK shows to be discounted for people who have not been able to buy tickets due to financial worries. We hope this makes the shows more accessible to those who want to come," the statement begins.

Continuing, the band wrote, "These tickets will be sold purely on an honour system - we will trust that those who do not need the discount will not use up the limited supply. We are working on very tight margins for this tour, so appreciate people's honesty. 

"We've done this in response to the current cost of living crisis and seeing online that people are worried about whether they can afford to come to a show. We will also be raising money at shows for food banks across the UK through The Trussell Trust. 

"If you've already bought a ticket for our tour, we are incredibly, incredibly grateful for your support. We hope you understand that we are trying to accommodate people who would be completely unable to attend otherwise. Please get in touch with us at contact@modrecords.co.uk if you have any concerns."

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The post concluded with a sale code for their Exeter show and wishing everyone well.

Porridge Radio released their second album on Secretly Canadian Records, Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky, in May this year. The record peaked at #39 on the UK charts and signalled a quirkier side of the band, with some of the rough edges gently ironed out. 

Their debut on Secretly Canadian, Every Bad, is an album "full of direct contradictions, cocksure one second and confused the next. It does an incredible job of transmitting the anxiety of being in your mid-20s. I'm an adult, why am I still adrift?" that cemented vocalist and songwriter Dana Margolin as someone to watch, an artist who "has a way with words. She likes to roll them 'round and 'round until the meaning flakes off and there's nothing but feeling left."