How much do bands get paid? Covers vs original material.

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  • Rowby1Rowby1 Frets: 345
    Freebird said:
    I've never seen a covers band play at Glastonbury, so I'm guessing it's down to the quality of the original material as to whether you get paid or not?
    Don’t agree with that. There’s some right rubbish gets played at Glastonbury and some amazing stuff never gets beyond local pub gig circuits.  If you’d said popularity rather than quality I’d agree.
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  • FreebirdFreebird Frets: 784
    edited May 25
    Rowby1 said:
    Freebird said:
    I've never seen a covers band play at Glastonbury, so I'm guessing it's down to the quality of the original material as to whether you get paid or not?
    Don’t agree with that. There’s some right rubbish gets played at Glastonbury and some amazing stuff never gets beyond local pub gig circuits.  If you’d said popularity rather than quality I’d agree.
    Quality and popularity are both subject to public opinion, so most of the artists who play at Glastonbury (and other large venues) will most likely be popular and/or amazing, but I do get the distinction you are making 
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  • Grocer_JackGrocer_Jack Frets: 57
    Originals - £200-300 if we run the night ourselves, or if it's a promoter who is putting on a night where we'll fit right in and bring a decent crowd. It does vary though and we still do some for next to nothing if it might help build an audience. 
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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 8321
    Here in mid Wales we play pubs for 300, parties for 400 and weddings for 600. We rarely travel more than 20 miles because I can't be arsed.
    :)

    I doubled the price for weddings a couple of years ago for the simple reason that I hate them, but we've had twice as many bookings since. That said, the weddings we do now are generally more fun than the ones we did when we started. 

    I still do a few originals gigs with a couple of singer songwriters which means I get to play some great gigs. I just do those for fuel and strings money if the singer isn't getting a fee, I  have a personal rule of never making a loss no matter what the gig is.
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  • Danny1969Danny1969 Frets: 3560
    One thing I've learned over the years is don't do weddings cheap. If you charge £500 or so for a wedding then you've not a big cost in the grand scheme of things and your band can be viewed as side show rather than the main attraction. 

    If you triple that then A : you know the bride \ groom really did want a band because they are willing to pay for it B: No they won't let the venue stuff their £1500 band in the corner and be told to turn down. this band cost a lot of money! 
    C: Doing well paid weddings allows you to buy some very nice professional PA gear which gets used at all the other gigs. 

    Charging a lot of money for weddings actually solves most of the problems cheaper bands experience at weddings, regardless of how good they are. You will miss out on some work but only the work where they didn't really want you
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  • CabicularCabicular Frets: 2171
    Danny1969 said:
    One thing I've learned over the years is don't do weddings cheap. If you charge £500 or so for a wedding then you've not a big cost in the grand scheme of things and your band can be viewed as side show rather than the main attraction. 

    If you triple that then A : you know the bride \ groom really did want a band because they are willing to pay for it B: No they won't let the venue stuff their £1500 band in the corner and be told to turn down. this band cost a lot of money! 
    C: Doing well paid weddings allows you to buy some very nice professional PA gear which gets used at all the other gigs. 

    Charging a lot of money for weddings actually solves most of the problems cheaper bands experience at weddings, regardless of how good they are. You will miss out on some work but only the work where they didn't really want you
    Couldn’t agree with that more
    plus if the father of the bride does tell you to turn down you can console yourself with the money 
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  • CabicularCabicular Frets: 2171
    Oh and also invest in some comfortable shoes
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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 8321
    Danny1969 said:
    One thing I've learned over the years is don't do weddings cheap. If you charge £500 or so for a wedding then you've not a big cost in the grand scheme of things and your band can be viewed as side show rather than the main attraction
    I think we get a lot of wedding bookings from weddings we've played at because we're happy to accept that we ARE a sideshow, the main focus is supposed to be the happy couple.
     
    Do you honestly believe all those people have dressed up and gone to a country house in the middle of nowhere because they've been dying to see your band?

    We still had about 80 people dancing all night last Saturday, but the ones who weren't dancing were happy to stay in the same function room and nod along or chat to friends or relatives they may not have seen for years.
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  • CabicularCabicular Frets: 2171
    p90fool said:
    Danny1969 said:
    One thing I've learned over the years is don't do weddings cheap. If you charge £500 or so for a wedding then you've not a big cost in the grand scheme of things and your band can be viewed as side show rather than the main attraction
    I think we get a lot of wedding bookings from weddings we've played at because we're happy to accept that we ARE a sideshow, the main focus is supposed to be the happy couple.
     
    Do you honestly believe all those people have dressed up and gone to a country house in the middle of nowhere because they've been dying to see your band?

    We still had about 80 people dancing all night last Saturday, but the ones who weren't dancing were happy to stay in the same function room and nod along or chat to friends or relatives they may not have seen for years.
    But the band have to be a key part of the event. Otherwise hire a DJ
    I agree I don’t put in a visual performance for the wedding stuff but Yiu have to have presence 
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