About the gigs:
We don’t tend to pay our bands, we only charge a nominal fee on the door that we use to cover costs. We are pretty much a not-for-profit organisation, anyone can see from the scale of our operation that there is no-one lying in a great pile of cash laughing over your labours. If anyone should get paid, it should be the drunken gypsies and our djs who not only play for free but also set up and run the night. Instead of money we offer some services that few, if any, of our fellow promoters do, they are:
*Free professional gig photos. Almost all of our artists use our photographer Matt Murtagh’s work to promote themselves on their cd covers and websites. For example Matt’s Einstellung photos made their way onto the BBC website and into the Evening Mail, Richard Chappell used his on his cd sleave and dozens of others used them on their personal websites.
*Free podcasting and hosting of gig recordings. Get a professional sound recording, usually engineered by Mike Conroy, sometimes by others, which you can then download, sell or use as a demo cd. Our new Podcasting service is getting more hits with every act we put up there, exposing your music to more people and building your reputation. Also on our podbean site you can get code for embeddable players which you can then put into your myspace’s or other websites to stream your recordings, so you don’t have to pay for hosting or redirect your fans to our site.
*Free video recording of your songs. We are having difficulty providing good video at the moment because of the poor lighting in the venue, however by next month we should have bought some spotlights and effects lights to rectify this problem. We should be able to host 3 or 4 songs of each act at either our youtube site or on google video/myspace, for you to download or embed in your websites.
Play for us and we’ll sort out all your promotional media stuff for the next couple of months and put it up on this site so people who actually want to see it, can see it.
CAN I BORROW YOUR STUFF? You can borrow our drum kit but you must bring your own symbols. We’ve got two amps and the venue has a bass amp, but you might want to bring your own if you’ve got really good equipment ours is just useable.
HOW ABOUT A SOUND CHECK? DO YOU THINK WE’RE SOME KIND OF AMATEURS HUH? DO YA BUDDY? Soundchecks start at 5 and finish when Mr. Soundguy throws his arms up in disgust and says “Fuck it”
I’M A DJ CAN I PLAY? WHAT YOU GOT AGAINST DJS ARE YOU LIVING IN THE SIXTIES OR SOMETHING? YEAH, DO YOU THINK YOU’RE SOME KIND OF BIG SHOT PUSHING ALL THE DJS ABOUT, ALL OVER TOWN HUH, WHAT D’YA SAY BIG GUY, WHY DON’T YOU DO WHATS GOOD FOR YA AND GIVE US A CHANCE, YOU WOULDN’T LIKE US TO HAVE A MORE SERIOUS CONVERSATION, I’LL TELL YOU THAT FOR NOTHING, HUH, MR BIGSHOT? Djs don’t tend to bring in any custom so we don’t give them main slots, not unless your names Andy C and you’ll definatly pull a lot of people. We do do a Dj set at the end, after the bands have finished and you’re welcome to play that if you like, but this is 11 o’clock on a Sunday after the bar has closed, so if you enjoy watching a crowd slowly disappear and the thrill of not knowing when you’re going to be switched off then it might be the ticket for you. Alternatively some of our Djs run a night at OC’s called Uprising for mainly drum and bass music, if you want I could pass your details on to them.
WHAT THE GOD DAMN HELL KIND OF THING YOU TRYING TO PULL, I’M A PRO YOU HEAR, THAT STANDS FOR PROFESSIONAL, I’VE BEEN IN THIS BUISNESS SINCE THE YOU WERE SWIMMIN’ IN YOUR DADDIES BALLSACK, AN I’VE BEEN EVERYWHERE MAN, SEEN ALL SIDES TO THIS THING FROM THE BOTTOM TO THE TOP AND RIGHT BACK DOWN AGAIN, AND IN ALL MY TIME, ALL MY EXPERIENCE… I AIN’T NEVER SEEN SUCH A CHICKEN SHIT, FLY BY NIGHT, TURKEY JURKING, HAM FISTED, HALF BAKED, TOO BIT, LOW RENT, PEA BRAINED, WORTHLESS, PATHETIC, SCHOOLBOY, MORONIC, COWBOY PEICE OF SHIT AMATEUR ORGANISATION AS THIS ONE, BY GOD YOU FELLAS SURE TAKE THE BISCUIT, NUMBER ONE, GRADE A, COCK TINKLERS AND NO MISTAKE. SO HOW LONG AM I ON FOR? As long or as short as you like, we really don’t mind, we’ve got lots of dj’s to fill space if you’re too short and if you’re too long and start boring the crowd we’ll probably just give you a polite word in the ear.
Any more questions feel free to get in touch.