As anyone who grew up in the internet age will tell you, there is a big difference between being internet-famous and being real-world-famous. Take, for example, the LA band Threatin. You’ve likely never heard of them and yet they have tens of thousands of likes on their Facebook page, thousands of views on their YouTube videos, and the makings of what appears to be a strong internet following. Despite all this, NME reports that Threatin is currently in the midst of a UK tour, playing exclusively to empty venues. But, this isn’t just a case of a foolhardy young band overestimating their own popularity. This story is much more bizarre than that. As it turns out, every one of those thousands of Facebook likes and YouTube comments have been bought and paid for by the band. That might explain why, last weekend, when Threatin was scheduled to play a show at The Exchange in Bristol to a crowd of at least 180 people, nobody showed up. The venue was rightfully furious that the promoter had lied to them about the ticket sales, and they demanded that Threatin pay for the staff costs before playing their set to a nearly empty room. Recently, Twitter user @buzzingbugs shared a post explaining that this bizarre bait-and-switch was not a one-time thing for the band. A club in Camden, London called The Underworld commented on Threatin’s Facebook page asking, “What happened to the 291 advanced ticket sales your agent said you’d sold? THREE PEOPLE… [Read full story]
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