Yeah, me moaning about something going wrong with one of my gigs again, but this one's different.
So I booked the usual venue for a Saturday early next year for a band who I'd been told by their booking agent could only do Saturdays outside London at the moment. They was confirmed last week.
Last night, I noticed it was the same night as Midlake were coming this way, and it transpired that most of the people who usually come to my shows are committed to them. (This sort of gig clash might sound like small beer to you Londoners, but we're lucky in Leicester these days to get anyone people outside the Midlands might have heard of) That made me think, but not as much as the email today that asked if I could move the date booked because of a private party request.
What makes this more complicated is the headliners have weekend gigs for the following two Saturdays, and after that it runs into my plans for February. I could move it to the 16th, but the venue isn't available and it's pretty much the only affordable room in the city centre that takes on independent promoters. So do I cut my losses (and mount up my financial losses) by sticking with that date, or do I take a chance on further expenditure by moving it back a week and to a bigger room as that's all that'd be available, or for the third of my nights in four months do I just scrap the whole thing? Or what?