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.
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.
@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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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:
[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.
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
[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