1. avatar Persistence
    ...to tell me if this is feasible or if I should quit before I get anything started.

    I was thinking of putting on an all-ages gig over the summer with some interested people, sort of for-the-craic, and sort of to make a point that all-ages gigs are/can be popular. It wouldn't be for profit at any point, my aim would be to make enough to put on another gig, if it was successful.

    Hypothetically, if it were a success, I was thinking of asking at school if I could get a group of 'interested people' together and continue it as part of Young Enterprise; God knows it'd be a lot more interesting than selling candles. If not at Young Enterprise (and we're looking to get Blastbeat involved before that), then I'd like to find a way of putting on regular gigs.

    I know the cost might be steep (Jamnesty last year was £400, and we're lucky the bands played for free!) with getting a venue, staffing/security, bands, advertising, etc. but I'm optimistic...call that naive if you want :P

    I have GCSEs soon, so it wouldn't be until later on in the summer; I'm doing Events Management at Urban Arts Academy in July so I'll probably gain knowledge from that.

    My main question is... [b:b06ef1f6fe]is this a stupid idea? [/b:b06ef1f6fe]

    TIA, Laura
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  2. avatar fastfude
    Putting on AA gigs is a fine idea, the stupids are often in the details ;) The UAA course will be a big help if you've never tried this before, but also talk to local gig promoters for advice and ideas.
  3. avatar miss-jesi
    As an under-ager I'd quite frankly love you forever if you did such a thing :lol:

    And I'm doing my GCSE's too so a Summer gig would be the perfect way to celebrate the end of the stupid things!

    So, to answer your question I don't think it's a stupid idea at all!

    [And if you need any volunteers, I'd be more than happy to help with anything ] :)
  4. avatar thepostboxtheory
    Its definately a good idea.

    And people should be up for blowing off some steam after exams.

    100% worth it.
  5. avatar Nocarsgo
    We're running with 4 all ages gigs all over the Province. We're running it as a not for profit thing, but you could probably be pretty successful for all ages gigs if you promote the hell out of it and get the right people on board. I'd love to do more all ages promotion but chances are I'm away to England.

    Whatever you do, get in touch with the Oh Yeah Centre: they've really bent over backwards to help us and they're looking for young people to get involved.

    Don't forget that General Fiasco are currently tearing up the UK on an all ages tour. There's demand, and it's commercially viable.
  6. avatar Persistence
    @fastfude: I helped put on Jamnesty last year, so I'm not a complete newb, but this is probably the most ambitious I've been for a while :P I'm hoping to sort out some work experience over the summer, so it should be all sweet. Thanks very much for the advice, too.

    @miss-jesi: Awesome! Will keep you updated. Looking for more interested people to get on board (I can't do it on my own, haha), obviously nothing massive will happen til the GCSEs are completely over, but still.

    @thepostboxtheory: I'm glad you agree. :P

    @Nocarsgo: You're right - I think with Jamnesty, our problem was timing. We didn't promote it well enough, and had very little time between getting posters designed/made/distributed and the actual gig...it was a good experience, but definitely a learning curve. We held the gig in the Oh Yeah Centre, it was a really good night and they're the first place on my list to go back to again. Their gig space is good, except it's just not well-known yet.

    There is demand! Everyone I've talked to is [i:b100e2f46b]starving[/i:b100e2f46b] for gigs.
  7. avatar anty2
    my band will play for free :D
  8. avatar Nocarsgo
    Mmmhmm, CBT are very nice in that regard. :)
  9. avatar Alex-Circadian
    I think this is an awesome idea. I'm in a band where all members are under 18 (I'm 16 myself, doing GCSE's this year... not much fun right now isn' it? :lol: ). There's hardly any all-ages gigs anymore which is a real shame.

    Any gigs my band have now are Belfast bars and most of the time we play we get hassle for being underage. In fact when we played a certain well known bar last week (I won't drop any names in case it somehow gets them in trouble) a woman threatened to throw us and another band out, just because we were underage - which I can understand. But the fact was that we weren't anywhere near drink and made it clear that we had no intention to be, that all we wanted to do was to play our set and bugger off to which they eventually gave in.

    So basically yeah go ahead with this. With decent advertising you'd get a good crowd. My band would happily play this gig for free.

    Check us out at: www.myspace.com/circadianmetal

    All the best with this.
  10. avatar deadonmusic
    Hey Laura, feel free to get in touch with any of us lot from deadonmusic to have a wee chat about gig promo. We're based down in OhYeah and you'd be surprised at how much better a venue it's become since the last few all ages shows were held there, with the new flooring in, the café open, the wee mini cinema functioning... it's all go. So yeh we'd be happy to help out in whatever way we can. We had a great wee chat about promo, posters, tickets and stuff on Saturday with nocarsgo and we're excited that more young people are getting stuck into this kind of thing.
  11. avatar izzys_return
    This sounds excellent, and you sound like you've done a bit of homework. Alot of bands would be up for this (inc. www.myspace.com/tommyshots ) Ive seen some AA gigs fall to the wearside, though if they are planned well it's a great Idea.

    And getting schools involved is definitely a good idea. Good luck with this.
  12. avatar Persistence
    Right, just a general bump to see if anyone else is interested. Mid-July would be do-able in theory (I think), but it'd be under a tight schedule to sort out; I know GCSEs are underway at the moment, so nothing big's happening at the moment. Depending on how realistic it is, it might be better having it later on in the summer. Any thoughts and preferences?

    Just considering starting to contact a few venues and bands. Also, it may be worth meeting up, instead of trying to do everything online, but I know there's issues there with internet safety and also convenience. So any input would be useful.

    Thanks Nocarsgo for giving me the proverbial kick up the backside to raise this again.

    Laura
  13. avatar Nocarsgo
    [quote:b1b8ab6ea8="deadonmusic"]Hey Laura, feel free to get in touch with any of us lot from deadonmusic to have a wee chat about gig promo. We're based down in OhYeah and you'd be surprised at how much better a venue it's become since the last few all ages shows were held there, with the new flooring in, the café open, the wee mini cinema functioning... it's all go. So yeh we'd be happy to help out in whatever way we can. We had a great wee chat about promo, posters, tickets and stuff on Saturday with nocarsgo and we're excited that more young people are getting stuck into this kind of thing.[/quote:b1b8ab6ea8]

    I can't stress enough how awesome these guys are. Oh Yeah are really looking at putting on more all ages gigs, so I'd really recommend them as a venue.
  14. avatar Persistence
    I've got contact details for The Oh Yeah Centre, so I'm going to fire off an email soon. I may just PM deadonmusic, but is there any time that would suit to pop down and discuss a gig?

    Actually, I'll just PM them. Might be simpler :P
  15. avatar Zach TPT
    My first post!
    is this still happening/being arranged?
  16. avatar Persistence
    It is, hopefully; however not at the start of summer, it's looking more realistic to be the middle or the end of August. Would TPT be interested? I can PM you some details...unfortunately because of these darn exams nothing's absolutely definite yet...but we're definitely trying to get it sorted asap.
  17. avatar Zach TPT
    we would definately be up for it!
    however it would need to be end of August as i am holidaying(is that a word?) first 2 weeks in august
  18. avatar Persistence
    Awesome. I'm meant to be revising for my French listening at the moment (how, exactly? I'm actually confused), but I'll PM you with some basic details laterrr.

    It seems that the end of August suits a lot of people, and we'd love to have you play, so that helps a lot with scheduling.
  19. avatar Persistence
    Right, okay. I'm going to email Stuart at Oh Yeah in the next couple of days; We've got enough bands (provisionally) for the gig at the end of August (five bands! oh my days). I'll PM anyone interested soon (probably tomorrow or Friday afternoon) with provisional details.

    It should be the last week in August or thereabouts (this depends on Oh Yeah's schedule of course, but I'll update it once it's definite)

    Just getting details ironed out with Rebecca, but Chemistry revision comes first unfortunately :cry:
    Thanks everyone for all your help, it's really looking up :)

    Let's just see...
  20. avatar Zach TPT
    sweet!
    what other bands hav you got playing?
  21. avatar Persistence
    well, provisionally, nothing's definite yet

    Tin Pot Operation
    *possibly* Cutaways
    Common Bred Trigger
    Circadian
    (and The Postbox Theory, somewhere in there obviously)

    how's that sound? :P
  22. avatar Zach TPT
    tastyfull
    good job!
    hope this works out
  23. avatar nalo
    good idea, should work well and prove popular. one question, why so set on the Oh Yeah? I've been disappointed too many times there.

    EDIT: [quote:3dc3e756fa]We held the gig in the Oh Yeah Centre, it was a really good night and they're the first place on my list to go back to again. Their gig space is good, except it's just not well-known yet.[/quote:3dc3e756fa] Okay then.
  24. avatar Persistence
    [quote:cf7952eb18="nalo"]good idea, should work well and prove popular. one question, why so set on the Oh Yeah? I've been disappointed too many times there.

    EDIT: [quote:cf7952eb18]We held the gig in the Oh Yeah Centre, it was a really good night and they're the first place on my list to go back to again. Their gig space is good, except it's just not well-known yet.[/quote:cf7952eb18] Okay then.[/quote:cf7952eb18]

    How have you been disappointed?

    The last time we held a gig at Oh Yeah it was a really good night, and that was months ago before all the renovations. I went to a gig there on Friday night and it seemed popular. Provided that we do a decent amount of promotion, I'm pretty positive. I'd looked at all-ages venues, but the Island Centre gig space in Lisburn is around £1000, I'm "not allowed to even look" at Lavery's (parents) ...was considering the Black Box, but Oh Yeah just seems pretty decent.

    I'd be interested to hear any warnings though :P
  25. avatar goodonpaper
    Have you spoken to the venue about it being all ages?

    Can't for the life of me remember who I was talking to about it but I'm almost sure theres been a freeze on all-ages gigs thanks to that massive cock-up in the Odyssey a few weeks back. Then again, I might be talking out of my ass.
  26. avatar silvercord
    We played an underage battle of the bands in Lurgan and it was extremely successfull. It was a 'Keep the young-uns off the street' community type of thing but there was great sound and sthe venue was nice as well. Theres a lot of younger ones who can be classed into the assumptuion they like varied types of music with band t-shirts floating about most Towns in Northern Ireland, so i'd assume they'd like somewhere to go before they can sneak into a bar or legally get in. Either way i think and under age gig is a great idea and if you need we'd play it too:

    www.bebo.com/silvercordmusic
    www.myspace.com/silvercordonline
  27. avatar Desus
    [quote:aeb687ff6a="goodonpaper"]Have you spoken to the venue about it being all ages?

    Can't for the life of me remember who I was talking to about it but I'm almost sure theres been a freeze on all-ages gigs thanks to that massive cock-up in the Odyssey a few weeks back. Then again, I might be talking out of my ass.[/quote:aeb687ff6a]

    Yeah all ages gigs in licensed venues is a real grey area at the minute.
  28. avatar flmcasey
    Lavery's Bunker is a great venue for all-ages gigs. it'll set you back about £345 all together for room hire, soundman, etc. but it's still the cheapest place i've found for an all-ages gig. Plus, everyone knows where Lavery's is, so it's handy. :)
  29. avatar Joeplaysthedrums
    I would be very careful about booking all ages shows into any licensed premises, whether there is a dry bar or not. PSNI are clamping down heavily on this at present.

    Consult with any Belfast licensed music venue manager for more details.
  30. avatar anty2
    [quote:29d4f20ca5="Nocarsgo"]Mmmhmm, CBT are very nice in that regard. :)[/quote]

    We are cheap whores and sorry it took so long to reply. As long as there is a bar there and our pay cheques have been recent were ok for playing for free, actually scratch that we just love playing noise for people

    [url]http://www.myspace.com/commonbredtrigger[/url]

    Also we give out our e.p free at all shows :D

    Have you guys tried auntie annies and didnt general fiasco do an all ages gig at the stiff kitten, whats it like for ££

    All day laverys gig :-D
  31. avatar thepostboxtheory
    [quote:711ed23b4e="anty2"][quote:711ed23b4e="Nocarsgo"]Mmmhmm, CBT are very nice in that regard. :)[/quote]

    We are cheap whores and sorry it took so long to reply. As long as there is a bar there and our pay cheques have been recent were ok for playing for free, actually scratch that we just love playing noise for people

    [url]http://www.myspace.com/commonbredtrigger[/url]

    Also we give out our e.p free at all shows :D

    Have you guys tried auntie annies and didnt general fiasco do an all ages gig at the stiff kitten, whats it like for ££

    All day laverys gig :-D[/quote]

    Thats pretty cool giving our your EP for free. Are you not losing money though, for printing and studio time and stuff?

    The most we've been paid for a gig is £20, i was so happy :D
  32. avatar ryan.sweet
    20 quid?
    Me too aha.
    Went and got the MOST INCREDIBLE munch of my life. I really earned that munch. I'll never forget it
  33. avatar thepostboxtheory
    [quote:220bef99e7="ryan.sweet"]20 quid?
    Me too aha.
    Went and got the MOST INCREDIBLE munch of my life. I really earned that munch. I'll never forget it[/quote:220bef99e7]

    It feels good doesnt it :-D

    What band are you in?
  34. avatar anty2
    haha you think we did it up perfect :lol: its on tesco cdr's with plastic slipcases and we write messages all over the cd :-D ebay them when were dead, could be good coasters

    Remember free music is better than no music

    we've given 50+ out to date and we will give more at our next show at the ballymena town hall. basically if you want some stupid curly haired loon throwing a free cd your way let us support you 8)

    It would be alot better feeding me booze, at least I can fall over that way and the promoters get more laughter and entertainment out of it
  35. avatar shiniru
    Hey, if i was able to find people on time to form a band, i would ask to play, but, seeing as i dont, i dont mind giving a hand, i have a few friends in bands, and i could get overoth to possibly play, duno, got to ask my friend, to ask them, tho they may need payed, suppose if they sell their merchendise they may be ok, dunno
  36. avatar EmmaUCS
    We will play for free

    http://www.myspace.com/theurbancrimespree
  37. avatar jonesy
    [quote:ef2f701e11="Joeplaysthedrums"]I would be very careful about booking all ages shows into any licensed premises, whether there is a dry bar or not. PSNI are clamping down heavily on this at present.

    Consult with any Belfast licensed music venue manager for more details.[/quote:ef2f701e11]

    We (The Black Box) have been told by the PSNI that we cannot have any more All Ages gigs as we are licenced premises. So I have directed anyone who has been coming to us about All Ages gig to the Oh Yeah Centre - 90 310845