Gig Etiquette #3: Accepting a show

Neck on the line time…

ACCEPTING A SHOW should be the easiest thing to do, but I’ve had enough experiences in the past 4 weeks, that I should be bald by now on account of the hair pulling.

There’s a simple rule to accepting a show a promoter offers you, and that’s CHECK WITH YOUR BAND MEMBERS

If a promoter can’t wait to hear back from you to check in on your awkward drummer, than they’re probably not worth bothering with – If a show is time sensitive, they will probably tell you in advance – ie. First come first served.

I have been let down 2 days before a major event by an act whose band members were touting what they were doing at the weekend, which didn’t include the gig they were due to play – when pressed on their plans, either silence prevailed or assurances that all is well.

I promise you that if you can’t make a gig you’ve been offered, no one will be offended and more offers will come – this isn’t a made dash for any and every gig that comes your way – take your time, do it right and make sure every gig you play has you dedicated time and attention.

The biggest reason I have for bands pulling out is “oh, one of our members is away/on holiday/unavailable” – Surely you asked this member before you agreed to play the show, didn’t you? 

Please please please, communicate between band members – Another example I had a few weeks ago was an act who agreed to play a a show, and I then had contact with a chap who was in a band and wanted a gig, which I duly offered – only to find out that each person was in the same band, who then have the audacity to get the hump when I say they can’t play the second one and revert back to the original. 

Here’s me trying to give everyone equal access to live shows, and there are bands who are agreeing to play shows – without actually talking to each other. All you’ve done is screw over my careful planning.

Honestly people – No one will be upset or bothered if you can’t make a gig – there are more bands around than nights to give them – What I want as a promoter is a dedicated, enthusiastic act, who guarantee to be organised, professional and willing to help promote a show, to make any event easy and as much fun as possible.

Is this too much to ask? 



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