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I've never heard of bands doing this before, but it seems completely wrong. Thoughts?
But it's so wrong!
who has a brilliant anecdote from Reading a few years back.....
Ex busted types 'Son of Dork' were playing in the Carling tent to a generally not all that bothered crowd.....not all that bothered that is with the exception of 4 guys, evenly spaced across the front of the crowd who were pogoing, dancing around, hollering and generally acting as if they were at the best.gig.ever.
Upon approaching one of them it turned out that they were paid by the label to attend the gig and 'generate buzz'.
why would god take busted away from us!!??
But with fucking Snow Patrol playing. 30 people moshing at the front. One of the most surreal experiences of my life.
Halve that number.
Moshing, at Snow Patrol - bleurrrrrgh.
i stage dived at my first snow patrol gig and my friend crowdsurfed into a lighting rig at another of their gigs (very low ceilinged venue).
and its downhill from here
Thats just completely wrong and doesn't give the band a good impression at all. Seems like they're very desperate. Have ppl actually signed up?
don't know about you, but you couldn't pay me to go to one of their gigs - I had a listen and it was terrible.
Warped maybe. (employing fans to recruit fans?)
I've never known anyone be so open and so systematic about it.
Seriously, who can afford to pay people to come to their gigs?
"Do you like this band, then?"
"No, I'm just here so my mate dave gets 50p."
I do remember a shit band that used to go on to a certain website and review their own gigs, when they got found out they became even more of a laughing stock
Even if I wanted to sink to such a low level, that pissy amount of money really isn't worth it
And I imagine that to some innocent 15 year old this sounds like a good idea. But essentially it takes away any bit of credibility the band may have had- I'd rather have 3 people in the audience enjoying my band rather than 50 people who were there for the free Pepsi/chomp bar/23p.
that is horrifying. I wouldn't enjoy playing if i thought the people there had been paid to come or didn't really want to be there. Hell, i feel guilty as it is when one or two of my mates turn up for my gig knowing that they are not really into it and have just come to support me.
I've only succeeded in horrifying my friends when they've come to shows - they only seem to come along on bad nights :(
I used to roadie for a band and spent the majority of their shows at the front moshing myself into oblivion, but I truly loved that band, no cash needed! They weren't the nicest people so it was all about the music..
like this before, but I don't really think it's immoral or sad.
You could flyer yourself (which is what most bands do) or you could pay someone to flyer for you (which is what most promoters do). The only real difference here is that you're paying people on results. Joe Punter is only going to turn up if they like the sound of the gig anyway - it's not like you're actually paying an audience to turn up.
Let's face it, if you give a quid off entry on presentation of a flyer you're closer to giving a financial incentive for people to turn up. I don't really see much of a problem with paying someone to flyer for you.