Re: Attendance at gigs?
Connections, promotion, and how well you tap into the current "scene" seem to be the biggest factors. I've been playing the local scene for years and every band that seems to get a strong following has those 3 bases covered. I think a big reason for why it's hard to get a following these days is because of the sheer number of bands out there competing for an audience. Because of that, you gotta have something really special to capture the attention of listeners.