How many songs do you play per set?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Mark_70, Feb 14, 2014.


  1. Mark_70

    Mark_70

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    For a classic rock band - nothing special.. Let's say you're playing in smaller local bars and clubs.

    How many songs (call 'm 4-5 minutes average) would you play per set and how many sets?

    We're looking at roughly 40 songs to choose from, but would probably do appx 30 per night, split over two sets. Then maybe a couple more if the evening is fun..

    Thoughts?

    Regards
    Mark
  2. skidmarkbass

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    We try to average around 10 per set, sometimes 8, sometimes 12 depending on the singers in-between chat.
  3. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Non Serviam Supporting Member

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    Last time I was in a cover band was the early 2000's, and we did 3 sets of about 10 each.

    Nowadays, I play originals only, and we usually play between 8 to 13 songs or so, depending on the length required (45-75 minutes, typically).
  4. TDee

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    The country cover band (modern country) I'm in usually plays a 4hr gig. 3 sets, 2 breaks with 18-20 songs per set. I'm not sure whats normal either, but we've been doing that format for about a year and it's worked well. I think it really depends on how long you're expected to play, and what the bar/club owner expects.
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  6. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

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    10 - 12 per set
  7. mellowinman

    mellowinman Fun at Really Naughty Parties Supporting Member

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    Our sets are around 45 minutes (4 of them.) We can do as many as 12 songs in a set, but as few as 6. It depends on how long the songs are. We switch it up quite a bit. We might jam a few really short ones, but Freebird is a solid 10 minutes, and Voodoo Child (slight return) can go from 8 to about 12, depending on if people are into it.

    Don't be afraid of long songs, but make sure they're good; make sure they're entertaining, and cut 'em if the crowd's not into it.
  8. Jarrett

    Jarrett Supporting Member

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    12 per set typically.
  9. theduke1

    theduke1 Supporting Member

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    3 1 hour sets 18 /20 songs per set.
  10. MTBK

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    Depends on the time we're are allotted (sometimes an hour, sometimes 45m) but 10 is about right.
  11. Back2Bass

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    We play 3 sets approx. 1 hour each. 15 per set +- .Gigs in so. Indiana- so Illinois run 9-1 or 10-2.
  12. TinIndian

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    10-11 songs per set on average. We play 4 sets a night on average.
  13. stratovani

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    As a tribute band we'll do 12 to 14 songs a set, with one to two sets being the average.
  14. Joe Louvar

    Joe Louvar

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    it usually works out to about 12 classic rock songs for a 45 minute set
  15. loend68

    loend68 Gold Supporting Member

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    13-15 with at least one of them being a medley. We run most of the songs together so there's not a lot of between song chatter.
  16. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    We typically play three sets, each one hour. Anywhere between 10-14 songs per set probably. Sometimes we'll extend the set depending on how people are moving. You've got to keep them going!

    We'll also do two longer sets on occasion. It depends on the venue and how we're feeling that night.
  17. Flashback Bass

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    We play either 3 sets of 16 songs, or 4 sets of 12 songs for a "4-hour" gig. (Depending on the gig.)

    Either way 48 songs total. (Excluding encores!)
  18. BayStateBass

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    Our norm is three sets, 10 or 12 songs per set, for a three hour gig. Four hour gig is the same, but 4 sets. But like stated, sometimes it's less, depending on what happens, especially with the crowd, sometimes we have audience participation events, or may allow a "karaoke" performance here and there, and once "Comfortably Numb" comes out it can eat up 8 or 9 minutes.
  19. Mark_70

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    Thanks all - sounds like 40 songs is not too far off as average.
    Regards
    Mark
  20. mancefine

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    Not to be a dick, but isn't this the most subjective question ever? I think it differs for everyone. It all depends on how long your set is and how long your songs are. I don't know that there's a right or wrong, other than maybe not playing 15 minute jam songs.
  21. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Gold Supporting Member

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    We do three one hour sets... like most bar bands. I don't really see the point in a song count.

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