Author: Mister Vodka

Booking: tactically

This is one of a complementary pair of posts, and covers putting together a single night’s entertainment, making sure it works as an event for all concerned (artists, promoter, venue and punters alike).  The second, ‘Booking: strategically’ will explore how to keep that going, month in and month out. Putting together killer bills ain’t like … Continue reading Booking: tactically


9 Ways to Get that First (proper) Gig

So you've formed a band with some mates, written a few tunes, rehearsed the crap out of them, and played a gig or two at your local friendly pub or wherever to some mates and regulars.  How do you take the next step; getting a support slot at some suitable night with a band or … Continue reading 9 Ways to Get that First (proper) Gig

“Build it and they might come” – 10 tips for new promoters

1. Be sure you're filling a gap Before you do anything, you need to be honest with yourself.  Does your scene need this event?  Think hard - it isn't enough that you want to run it.  If you live in London and want to run an event just like Slimelight: forget it!  There's already a … Continue reading “Build it and they might come” – 10 tips for new promoters


Gig Weekend

A lot of my work as a promoter is way in advance of the gig - booking bands and venues, arranging soundchecks and making sure all the team know what's happening, designing and distributing flyers, posters and web promo to persuade people to turn up …. But what do I actually do over the gig … Continue reading Gig Weekend