Originally Posted by ravenheart
It's a pretty simple situation. When it comes to the big bands, the US gets the best support packages, but probably overall fewer tours because of the European festival circuit.
When it comes to smaller bands, the US gets the best tours for the bands which are American, Europe gets the best tours for the bands which are European. No one gets tours for bands from elsewhere.
This. Dublin get's good headlining shows because bands do off dates on festivals. UK gets good packages, Ireland gets maybe half of those, if even. There is more variety in Europe's line ups because of the festivals, but Europe as a whole isn't much better than the states. We have the festivals, but after that, there's still 'B' territories where shows don't generally go, and there's still ridiculous money in getting bands from a to b to play shows.