Catalonian pro-independence demonstrations have made ticket sales for concerts and theatre shows plummet across Barcelona over the past two weeks.

Last week, Spanish newspaper El Periodico reported that Catalan theatres saw ticket sales fall by 70 per cent due to the riots.

The thousands of people in the crowds, who are protesting Spain’s jailing of nine separatist leaders, have been blocking roads, cutting off railways and obstructing access to the city.

Catalonia has seen a wave of protests since the October 14 court verdicts, with demonstrators clashing with riot police every night since.

Tito Ramoneda, founder of one of the country’s main music promoters, The Project, told El Periodico: “Ticket sales fell and we have not yet recovered the pace we were carrying.”

He added that he estimates sales have fallen by 30 per cent across his company, which organises more than 400 concerts each year.

In addition, ticket sales for promoter and venue operator Orfeó Català-Palau de la Música Foundation have fallen by almost 70 per cent.

Joan Oller, general director of the Palau, said: “Our concerts have dropped 69 per cent, but we must bear in mind that we came from a very strong start.”

He added that organised visits fell by five per cent, which represents about €10,000 less revenue.

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