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any advice? i'm not too sure where to start, seems like a huge task i've got ahead of me.
we get by locally solidly now (locally being bradford and leeds), and have started to push out towards manchester and birmingham and the like, but booking an entire tour seems to be a bit of a headfuck.
any clues on where to start?
There was also a thread recently about booking UK tours on here, so probably worth searching for that.
i didn't post the link as i don't want to look like i'm begging for dates, but our last fm is here if anyone wanted to look us up. feel free not to, though.
it was really bloody hard! Still, I managed to get them 5 dates in a week in Southampton, Winchester, Oxford, Portsmouth and Bournemouth, which given that they are completely unknown was impressive I thought. www.myspace.com/jayetal for more on them, they are ace...
Anyway, for Winchester, try this lot:
or the Shit Hot Llamas who are in their top friends.
also, Reckno, also in the top friends, from bournemouth.
your best bet is to search for like minded promoters - ask the people who put you on in your home town, they'll know of people for sure.
much appreciated, thanks very much. i'll be sure to give jay et al a listen!
Micky! There's an appropriate promotions company in Southampton but the name is escaping me now. Someone else on here might know. They normally promote at Talking Heads and I think have put on Cats x 3 and stuff like that. However, you could also try www.myspace.com/meatpiepromotions
That's great mate. I'll definitely look into it. I've heard of Talking Heads, if that counts!
We were half-booked for a little pub called The Hobbit at one point, but it ended up not happening. Know the place?
But why can't this band play the "usual" venues - they're not *that* leftfield?
It's not the start of a revolution though. But, like I say, I do like it. Quite alot actually. Come to Glasgow and play at Nice N Sleazy's or 13th Note (or wherever) and I might come and see you.
For Glasgow/Edinburgh, get listed in "The List" & "The Skinny", for Manchester, get in "City Life", Brum doesn't have a direct "Time Out" listings mag (or didn't a couple of years ago - "What's On" is gash) but you'll be wanting to get mentions in "The Fly".
Idea: Take a look at local listings and try to pick up on a couple of more established bands that you'd fancy supporting and then speak to the venues that put 'em on and see who does bookings for the nights for their venues and speak to them - that's gotta be a start.
Sorry if none of this is any use at all.
Oh don't worry, we're not trying to escape playing normal nights, and we're not worried about playing on 'unsuitable lineups', as that's literally all we've played for a year and a half now, and we kind of love it, haha. however, i was more talking about getting promoters who generally will open up alot easier to poppier indie bands rather than slightly-dirty electronica.
That response is great though mate, thanks very much. We got a highlight in The Fly last month, and have gotten alot more press lately for some reason, so hopefully that might add up to something.
I'll give Glasgow a look into :) thanks bud!
The Hobbit rules. Best place for new acts as its free entry, and it's normally busy, you just need to work out how to get people from the pub into the music room, they'll pay you too.
Other promoters are thin on the ground - I *think* Luke is referring to Kench, but they don't do anything anymore. Ejector Seat have calmed down a bit too now and are doing less gigs and to my knowledge there is little else other than Meat Pie doing anything even vaguely noteworthy.
much appreciated info.
I'm starting to piece *something* together at the moment, gonna take a bit of time, I know, but it's more than worth doing :D
any other info anyone may have would be a boon (i've not used that word in such a long time)