The exciting news has just been announced that the AFL Grand Final is to be played in Brisbane this year - what a thrill for those locals who can nab themselves a ticket! It's a little too close to our baby due date for comfort, so we will be admiring the 'Gabba from our lounge room. Part of the spectacle of the Grand Final is the pre-game entertainment - usually a few Australian bands plus an overseas headliner. With overseas options off the table, I'm sure the booking agencies have been putting their local bands forward. I think a Powderfinger reunion would go down a treat, although I think at least one band member currently lives interstate. Have you ever been watching a live performance at a sporting event and wondering if the performers are actually playing and singing, or whether they're miming to a pre-recorded track? Here's some tips for spotting a mimed performance, and the reasons behind it.
If performers are "caught" miming or lip-syncing a performance, usually the blame is put on the performer themselves. We might think, "Aren't they good enough to perform live? Surely it's not that hard!" We feel duped! Often the decision is actually made by the broadcasters and directors of the event, particularly if they feel like there's no room for anything to go wrong, despite the fact that the performers are usually keen to play live.
Sometimes there might be a hybrid, with the band playing along to a backing track, but the singer performing live. It's far easier to put a working microphone in front of one person than to record and entire band, especially when they have to load everything on and off the middle of a football field in a matter of minutes.
Britney Spears is a performer who is known to not sing a lot of her songs live, with the emphasis being put on her dance routines instead of the singing. If you were at a Britney concert, would you rather get the singing or the dancing? It's a tough choice for a performer to have to make!
If you're thinking that you might be watching a mimed performance instead of a live one, here's some things that might confirm your suspicions:
Things I've been watching/listening to this week: MIMED PERFORMANCES EDITION