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How many songs do you play per set?

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

  1. Mark_70


    Dec 31, 2013
    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..


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

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    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


    Feb 22, 2013
    Northern Kentucky
    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.
  5. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    10 - 12 per set
  6. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    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.
  7. Jarrett


    Jan 19, 2004
    Waxahachie, Tx
    12 per set typically.
  8. theduke1

    theduke1 Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2010
    Manitowoc WI
    3 1 hour sets 18 /20 songs per set.
  9. MTBK


    Sep 11, 2013
    Depends on the time we're are allotted (sometimes an hour, sometimes 45m) but 10 is about right.
  10. We play 3 sets approx. 1 hour each. 15 per set +- .Gigs in so. Indiana- so Illinois run 9-1 or 10-2.
  11. TinIndian

    TinIndian Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2011
    Micco Florida
    10-11 songs per set on average. We play 4 sets a night on average.
  12. As a tribute band we'll do 12 to 14 songs a set, with one to two sets being the average.
  13. it usually works out to about 12 classic rock songs for a 45 minute set
  14. loend68

    loend68 Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2008
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses, T.C. Electronics
    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.
  15. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    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.
  16. 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!)
  17. 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.
  18. Mark_70


    Dec 31, 2013
    Thanks all - sounds like 40 songs is not too far off as average.
  19. mancefine


    Jul 7, 2013
    Endorsing Artist: Orange Amplifiers and Spector Basses
    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.
  20. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

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