basically, a band (who is quite popular in these parts) asked housemate, who then asked me - we work as a team :). To book them to play a gig at a 200 capacity venue, they asked to play a certain date and £200-250 guaranteed.
I got in contact with the venue, and the main guy (who i sort of know - only because i go to a ridiculous amount of gigs and talk to him to buy ticket - but not really.) said 'Are you looking to act as promoter for this band and hire out the venue.'
So i looked at the price to hire out the venue and it's £150 for the night including PA and doorman. Obviously I don't mind acting as promoter but being Students we couldn't afford to make a loss.
Would it be worth saying to the band...'listen, we can go about booking the venue for you, doing promotion and trying to make it as busy as possible etc. but it costs £150 which we'd like you to pay for, any profit made is yours'.
Or what is the liklehood of us hiring the venue, getting local supports (who could pull in a crowd and play for free) and not making a loss? or perhaps a little bit of profit. Obviously i'd love this band to play the venue and i'd pretty much do alot of work for free/the experience, but we couldn't afford to make a loss.
what are peoples experiences of promoting gigs for music they generally like and people they like, but might not anywhere near sell out a small venue.
ah this is quite possibly my longest post ever :).