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New Years Eve - Gig Plans/Price?

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

  1. sm49341


    May 12, 2013
    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

    Feb 27, 2008
    TalkBass > Off Topic
    We play the same bars, but for double to 2.5x the normal rate.
  3. 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. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Same as last year's gig which pays twice the normal scratch.
  5. kikstand454


    Sep 28, 2012
    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.
  6. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    We usually play for a little extra. This year, we're sitting it out.
  7. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    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.
  8. nojj

    nojj Guest

    May 20, 2013
    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.
  9. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    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.


    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:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  10. sm49341


    May 12, 2013
    Wow, That's a cool gig! Nice!
  11. deathsdj


    Sep 18, 2010
    Wichita, KS
    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.
  12. Schizoid75


    Apr 27, 2005
    Columbus, OH
    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!
  13. paparoof

    paparoof Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2011
    fEARful koolaid drinker
    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.
  14. 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.
  15. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    Wow. This sounds heavenly.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  16. 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.
  17. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    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,

  18. tink9975

    tink9975 Supporting Member

    Aug 10, 2006
    MoCo, MD
    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.
  19. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

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

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  20. CapnSev

    CapnSev Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene
    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.