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Band Advice – Booking A Gig

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.

Coming Soon to a Venue Near You

Short entry about some gigs that are coming up in the next few weeks or so, incase you’re stuck for something to do at the weekend.

Sonic Reducers live

Sonic Reducers live

First up, on Saturday 9th February, we have Danny.P at The Box. This is Danny and his band’s first full line-up gig in Glasgow, and it’s free, which means more money to spend on alcoholic substances if you are that way inclined. The gig starts at 8pm, and is for all people who are 18 and over. He’s a fantastic artist so it’s well worth checking him out.

Not sure if this counts as self-promotion, but the next gig I’m going to add in here is the one that involves my own band. Okay, so that is horrendous self-promotion, but I’ve got to start somewhere. Perpetual Motion will be playing at the O2 ABC on Saturday 16th February, along with support from The Puzzlers, David Murdoch, and End Transmission (my band!). All the other bands are awesome, so if you’re up for some decent music and watching me try to pretend I know how to play guitar, then come along!
Tickets are £8, but £10 on the door, so it would be best to get them beforehand. You can purchase tickets here:
http://www.o2abcglasgow.co.uk/event/49691/perpetual-motion-tickets

Finally, if you like punk rock, you’ll love Sonic Reducers. The band are playing at the Classic Grand on the 22nd February, and are fantastic live, so if you’re free I’d recommend that you get yourself along to it! Tickets are £6, and it’s sure to be a brilliant night.

That’s just about everything you should stick in your calendars so far. Look out for more blog posts very soon.