Apologies for the lengthy context but I want to set the appropriate stage (pun) for my actual question. My cover/originals band rolls with pretty substantial production that is 100% DIY. 4 to 6 Yorkville 2x18 subs, 4 Yorkville tops, Yamaha digital board, 24K watts of power amps, wireless IEMs for everyone, and a light show that includes LED pancake lights and a programmable LED light curtain that hangs on a back truss supported by commercial grade crank-up stands that require 3 guys to move. We set up and tear down EVERYTHING ourselves... just the 5 guys in the band. Between sound, lights, personal gear and a soundcheck It takes us anywhere from 45 mins to an hour and half to go from a completely bare stage to ready-to-play. We are now in the peak of our prime season (small town street dances). These are good paying gigs but we have had terrible luck this year so far with weather. Here's what went down last night: We drove an hour to the gig on a day where the forecast was a 70% chance of thunderstorms after 10 pm (we're scheduled to play 9:30 to 1). En route to the gig (3 in the afternoon), our BL called the organizers and asked if an alternate indoor venue was available. They said it was, but despite the forecast, they still insisted we set up outside on their flatbed trailer stage with no cover of any kind. The reason being they wanted to sell as many tickets as possible and their indoor venue didn't have a lot of capacity. So fine, we got there, set everything up and were just ready to soundcheck when the sheriff comes by and says a hail storm is a half hour away. So we tear everything down and stash it in the trailer till the weather passes over (it wound up being just wind, not hail). We still had enough time and the weather was improving so we set-up AGAIN and then waited for showtime. Well by the time we went on the weather had turned bad again and after 4 songs there was so much lightning that the BL called the gig... and we packed up again. Bottom line... our band executed two COMPLETE set-ups and teardowns, all to play a total of 4 songs. When all the organizers would have had to do was let us play inside in the first place. To the organizers credit, they did pay us in full but the whole thing just seemed like a colossal waste of time and gas, as well as a huge disservice to the people who had paid $8 apiece to see us. And was very physically demanding on all of us. One of our guitarists was furious and told our BL that no band should ever have to set up and tear down more than once and that we should start writing that into our contracts. I.e., if we are forced to set up outside and have to strike the stage due to weather before we play, our "show" is done and we get paid and go home. Our BL OTOH is more of the mind that if you go above and beyond in situations like this (which we certainly did last night) that it gives your band a better reputation and can help you get more gigs (and more money per gig) over other bands. So what's "normal"? Is it appropriate in situations like this to expect only one set-up and teardown... is a band entitled to write that provision into their deals, and is a "full payment" clause enforceable under those circumstances? Any and all thoughts appreciated. Thanks.