Night Shift concerts, and their younger siblings Mini Night Shifts, are special affairs where people of all ages sit, stand or lounge, some with a drink in their hand, listening to an hour of music interspersed with a bit of chat. It is the most gloriously simple transaction. The concerts have been staged for at least six years and they’re still going strong. The crowds still keep coming for these beautifully intimate events (last night’s late night gig was attended by 120). This isn’t a fad.
Last of the holiday season traditions clinging on for dear life is the annual New Year’s Day Concert from the Musikverein in Vienna. The live broadcast seen on TVs across the globe (thanks to the EBU’s marvellous Eurovision network) is one of three concerts given over the New Year. Tickets are pricey and the dress code, make-up and hair comes at a cost.