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Thread #119236   Message #2584445
Posted By: Banjiman
09-Mar-09 - 05:25 AM
Thread Name: Musicians Quiting and Venues Dying
Subject: RE: Musicians Quiting and Venues Dying
Having played at Jen's pub I can't overstate what a friendly and welcoming establishment it is. You deserve to succeed. We look forward to returning in May. Hope we can get your non-folk audience going and maybe bring you in a couple of extras!

From an event organisers point of view, pubs rather than halls are far easier venues to put music on.... especially if there is a seperate room BUT it is easier to break even in a village hall.... As long as you are prepared to put in the hard work of providing a bar and food. These are very profitable in this setting where you don't have the overheads of staff etc.

Having said that I wish our village pub had not been a victim of Enterprise Inn's greed (and all the other reasons) and was still open.... we'd happily forget the additional revenue (it only gets spent on acts and infrastructure for the club anyway!). We'd take the club (KFFC) back to the pub in a flash if it were to re-open and they wanted us. I always think that this music belongs in the pub.

I certainly have not had the experience of getting ripped off by Landlords...... we play quite a few pub gigs and always try and work with them. If the pub has not done well when we've played, we have been known to return half of the fee promised..... we'd rather help the pub to survive and come back and try again. This has been reciprocated and when the pub has done better than expected they have increased our fee. Most people are pretty straight if you give them a chance!

Not sure if my ramblings help or not!

Paul