New Years Eve - Gig Plans/Price?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by sm49341, Dec 10, 2013.


  1. sm49341

    sm49341

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    So, What do you all do for New Years Eve? Do you book a special gig, just book a bar or rather not play? Do you charge a premium? Guess I'm curious because I just saw a local cover band (that I respect a lot) post on Facebook that theyre playing some small joint that our band wouldn't consider to play on a normal weekend, let alone a holiday.
    For our cover party band, We decided a couple years ago New Years was not going to be just another bar with same old pay. We rented a hall, hired a caterer for party foods, and hosted our own party. BYOB so we are not selling alcohol. GREAT success financially so far for two years, we earn about quadrupal pay that night. We usually take most of december off, and try to come out with a lot of new material on NYE. This is our third and last year, interest is down this year, everything gets old. For next year we have a private NYE party booked already.
  2. ChrisB2

    ChrisB2 Bass... in your fass Supporting Member

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    We play the same bars, but for double to 2.5x the normal rate.
  3. MrDOS

    MrDOS Gold Supporting Member

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    NYE gigs are always at a premium - sometimes more than others. We are playing a casino this year for 8X our normal rate. Woohoo!
  4. ASATMAN

    ASATMAN Supporting Member

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    Same as last year's gig which pays twice the normal scratch.
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  6. kikstand454

    kikstand454 Supporting Member

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    We had a gig booked at 2.5x the going rate...... they dilly dalleyed on the confirmation.....we walked.

    With all the drunks and the police and the family stuff we COULD be doing.....the gig just has to be really, REALLY worth it.
  7. mellowinman

    mellowinman Not a Clique Member Supporting Member

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    We usually play for a little extra. This year, we're sitting it out.
  8. lowfreq33

    lowfreq33

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    I have an afternoon gig downtown for base pay plus tips. Turned down a $100 an hour away, and a $150 2 hours away. Not sure what people are thinking. I'll probably pick up an evening downtown as well, it'll still be tips based, but there'll be plenty.
  9. nojj

    nojj Guest

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    I'm a hired guitar slinger this NYE, at an American Legion.
    My regular power trio decided to sit this year out.
    The other outfit (I'm a long-term hired bass) didn't move quickly enough.
  10. BassCliff

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    Hi,

    We'll be playing at Cars Land in Disney's California Adventure again this year. The pay is not bad but not what you'd expect. The Mouse is a tight wad. But it's about 3x our usual pay for an event.

    [​IMG]

    We get full sound support so we bring small gear, which is good because it's a real hassle to load in. We load our gear on carts in the parking lot and follow it in on foot. The other bummer is that we're outside and it's pretty chilly at midnight, around 45 degrees. We dress warmly under our costumes.

    My band shows up about 2:35 in this video:
    http://youtu.be/PAQ0t79XzZw

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.


    Thank you for your indulgence,

    BassCliff
  11. sm49341

    sm49341

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    Wow, That's a cool gig! Nice!
  12. deathsdj

    deathsdj Supporting Member

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    We are having my son's third grade class and parents over for an early NYE party and cook out. We set up in the rehearsal space and play requests and the we let the kids and parents play around with some of our less expensive instruments. We got the grills going and I borrow some heaters from my boss to keep my very large back deck cozy warm. A very family oriented fun, alcohol free evening.

    Not really a gig but we will play and have an open jam.
  13. Schizoid75

    Schizoid75

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    We usually book something at a bar that we already have a relationship with and it usually ends up being a little less than 2x regular pay. I guess I'll have to ask for more next year!
  14. paparoof

    paparoof Supporting Member

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    I'll be spending this New Years Eve with my lovely bride camping somewhere in the FL Keys.

    Won't be missing the gig AT ALL.
  15. SpecialBlender

    SpecialBlender

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    Gonna be sitting this one out, our band is playing its last gig this Friday then retiring. This will be my first New Years off in 6 years so not sure what I'm going to do. Only missed Playing 5 New Years in last 40 years usually 2-4 times normal pay although some paid a lot more than that.
  16. BassCliff

    BassCliff

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    Hi,

    Wow. This sounds heavenly.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

    BassCliff
  17. Tony Smith

    Tony Smith

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    I'm playing with a solo male recording artist (along with his backing band which consists of a drummer, violinist and lead guitar) at a local wine venue.
  18. BassCliff

    BassCliff

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    Hi,

    Temecula wine country? South Coast Winery? Just curious. I've played a couple of nice gigs in that area. Break a leg!


    Thank you for your indulgence,

    BassCliff
  19. tink9975

    tink9975 Supporting Member

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    We are playing a venue that we have never played before, getting about 2x our usual rate. Should be a fun time, but not looking forward to the drive home.
  20. BassCliff

    BassCliff

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    Hi,

    Oh, wait. This sounds heavenly too. All the best to you and yours!


    Thank you for your indulgence,

    BassCliff
  21. CapnSev

    CapnSev Supporting Member

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    New Year's Eve has historically been one of my highest paid gigs. This year however, I have no band.

    I won't miss it one bit either. It's the worst holiday and one of the worst gigs.

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