Volume 94, Issue 26

Tuesday, October 17, 2000


BOG candidates take the stage at forum

Police nab York stalker suspect

Love Inc. finds no love in low turnout

BOG candidate faces election fines

The London front almost quiet

Baryshnik raising student concerns

Funded housing now under municipalities

Corroded Disorder

Love Inc. finds no love in low turnout

By Wes Brown
Gazette Staff

DJ Chris Sheppard made his return to Western this past Friday, bringing along his group Love Inc. – and not many more.

University Students' Council production and programming manger Mark MacLellan, said the performance did not go very well due to the lack of attendance at The Wave.

"I was very surprised at the low turnout seeing as how their song is currently high on the MuchMusic charts and their video is in heavy rotation," he said.

MacLellan said he spoke with Sheppard and Love Inc. Friday and they were also surprised at the low turnout. "They were pretty good about it, almost apologetic that they weren't more of a draw."

MacLellan listed several factors for the low turn out, including Oktoberfest weekend, as well as conflicting academic mid-term schedules.

He also he said this concert was one of the more expensive shows scheduled at the bar so far.

"Sixteen dollars is more then we've generally charged, but when you usually pay an average of $25 for concerts, or even $30 for Public Enemy at DV8, then it doesn't really seem that expensive in comparison," he said.

MacLellan said he would not disclose band payment or gate receipts, but said there were roughly 130 people in attendance. "We had hoped to sell it out in advance with a discounted price. I was hoping we could pack the place at 500. Sloan did 550 early in September."

The Wave manager, Mark Serre, said he was also surprised at the low numbers. "We had promotions all over The Gazette, The [London] Free Press, we even had a big banner hanging in the [University Community Centre]," he said.

Serre said sales representatives from Mike's Hard Lemonade alcoholic beverage were also doing a promotion at The Wave and had bought up 100 tickets for giveaways, to help push the entire night. He added although he was disappointed there were not more people in attendance, he does not regret the night.

"Part of our mandate is providing more events for students," he said. "We're trying to reach as many different groups as we can. You take your wins with your losses."

Nick Cothros, a third-year psychology student who attended the concert, said he did not mind the sparse turnout. "It was fun. It was a small venue, which made it kind of intimate," he said.

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