Suggest to the Venues to post events with realistic or at least average fees
I have not applied for a single event on here yet as all the fees are aimed very low. Venues are not charging the 1990 price for a pint of beer so why are they only offering 1990 prices to book bands - £150 may be OK for a solo acoustic player but for a 4 piece band that doesn't cover anything - we pay £30 a week to rehearse, a set of strings costs £7, drum heads, cables etc etc. We turn up with over £10,000 worth of equipment and have all ploughed £1000's in top learning our craft, we travel to the venue where there is usually npo parking set for us, lug everything in and out at the end when we are knackered - we use the meagre fee to buy drinks off you as often the venue won't even give you a free drink - and the only reason we are in your pub is to play... then we entertain all your punters and entourage them to drink more and stick money in your till..... why is this snot worth at least £100 per band member for the night? For those offering £150 - would you do all that - working for 5-6 hours for £37.50 ??
Venues - Please up your game and offer something that makes it worth our while coming to play for you. Yes we do it for fun but that doesn't mean we have to basically do it for free. This rant was triggered by a pub in Stoke offering (at this late notice) a New Years Eve gig for 'Expenses' ... Well our 'Expenses' for missing new years eve with our friends and making sure your punters have a great night is £1000 plus !!!