Who comes up with the gig dates first?
Any band will tell you, when looking for a gig, you'll get the landlord of some pub saying 'let me know what dates you can play. On the face of it this may sound ok from a landlords point of view as he can then 'slot' you in as he sees fit. But from the bands point of view it's a pain in the arse. We are supposed to find out off maybe half a dozen people, every day we are available, be it fri sat or sun just on the off chance a gig turns up. This is all arse about face. A venue is one venue, not half a dozen, and as far as I'm concerned if your talking gigs with a venue it's up to them to say when they need a band, and we will find out if we can play. It's not for them to sit back while we arrange the lives of all the band members for weeks, just so they can pick one date. What are we suppose to do. , sit around all day, just to get a call in the middle of the afternoon because it just happens to be one of the days we "could" play. Are we supposed to be available at the drop of a hat and not arrange anything else, so that if a gig doesn't turn up, our evening is ruined ? I just enquiried at a new venue and all I got was, "when are you available,"? which means when are the five guys in your band going to plan sod all and commit to a few dozen evenings when a gig may not even turn up. Bollocks to that. So he can sod off, We are the ones who should demand a date. "When do you need a band"? Simple as that. A band isn't there to sit on a shelf to be picked up when it suits a venue. It's a damned sight easier for a landlord to fill a date they need filling than it is for a band to work out when all the members are free for the next twelve months. Just lazy venues who expect us to be the ones to do all the arranging and leg work. What do you guys think?