End Transmission playing at the O2 ABC; despite only selling ten tickets, it was a good night!

End Transmission playing at the O2 ABC; despite only selling ten tickets, it was a good night!

Some (possibly useful) advice if you’re thinking about booking a gig in Glasgow. I’m not claiming to be an expert, but I do have some tips I’ve picked up in my time playing gigs in and around Glasgow, so if you’re looking for words of wisdom, hopefully this will help!

1. As a general rule of thumb, most musicians will recommend that you never, I repeat never, do a pay to play gig. This is, as the title suggests, a gig where you would have to pay in order to perform, which is completely unfair on you as a musician. So definitely say no to pay to play.

2. From my own experience, the best way to get a gig is to ask around. Personally, I emailed promoters, and found out about places where regular gigs were happening. Here’s a few promoters I would recommend:

  • YRock – Good for young under 18 bands, and usually have gigs happening in the Classic Grand. They also have a fair ticket deal which means that the artist still makes a bit of money from the gig.
  • Toxic Rock Promotions – Caters more for over 18 bands. Usually hold gigs at Pivo Pivo, which is a great venue to play.
  • PM Music – I’d recommend this for more experienced/established bands, as they hold some gigs at the O2 ABC, and the bands usually need to sell a good amount of tickets to gain any money from the gig.

3. Two Week Rule: again, a general recommendation. Don’t play gigs in Glasgow that have less than two weeks worth of space between them. Promoters aren’t entirely fond of this; if you’re playing, for example, two gigs in Glasgow within two weeks, the chances of your band selling a good amount of tickets and bringing lots of people to both gigs is very slim. To back this up with some of my own experience, my band played at the Classic  Grand, and sold 20-odd tickets. Two weeks later, we played the O2 ABC and sold ten.