Our band rehearses in a brewery... where does your band rehearse?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Jughead6, Dec 10, 2014.

  1. Our band rehearses in vacant offices above a functioning brewery. We all work for the same company and the brewery and the vacant offices are owned by the boss of our company.

    It's great because we don't have to pay for it, we can confidently leave our stuff there, and we get free beer when the brewery is doing a first batch or a cleaning run that they aren't allowed to sell.

    But... it's a long way for us to travel and sometimes our boss disappears interstate or overseas for weeks and we don't have a key to get in. Makes it difficult to set up a regular rehearsal schedule.

    So, I'm interested to hear what other bands do, where they rehearse, whether they pay for rehearsal rooms etc.

    Also, what's the weirdest place you've ever rehearsed in?
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  2. Manichga

    Manichga Guest

    Aug 13, 2013
    One band I play with rehearses in the club rooms of a cricket club. The other rehearses at a school where our guitarist works. Free rehearsal spaces!
  3. tbirdsp


    Sep 18, 2012
    Omaha, NE
    Singer's house.
  4. In Japan we have practice studios that they rent out for about $5-10 an hour per person.
  5. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    I've practiced in rehearsal rooms, sheds, garages, barns and churches.
  6. powmetalbassist

    powmetalbassist Supporting Member

    I have practiced in he following spaces over the course of my bass playing career:

    Basement of a used Bookstore
    Basement of a Headshop
    A large warehouse converted into independent jam rooms
    A music hall (like an active venue)
    A cold war bomb shelter (we also recorded there)
    many a house basement
    A garage
  7. tmdazed


    Sep 29, 2012
    one band I recently left used to practice in an old slaughterhouse $20/person for a 3-4 hour night
    place is split up into rehearsal rooms, the tracks and hooks they moved carcasses on were all still there, rooms are named the kill floor , the hide room , meat locker etc, really cool vibe to the place
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  8. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Backseat of a Greyhound bus. Rolling down Highway 41.
  9. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    One rehearses in the guitarist's basement. The other rehearses at my church. It's not a church band, but we couldn't find any other suitable place and the pastor was kind enough to allow it. Kind of funny to be working on a Black Sabbath tune in the sanctuary.

    The best rehearsal space we ever had was in my very first band. The drummer was maintenance for the facilities of a company that had kept an original farmhouse on land where they built their big office complex. Used it for certain committee meetings and things. So he had a key and a blind eye from management to use it for rehearsal on weekends. Beautiful house, lots of space, great acoustics. Never had a spot so good since.
  10. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab HELIX user & BOSE Abuser

    Feb 11, 2004
    At our house gig.
    If REALLY NEEEDED, singer's house (3 times in 8 years).
  11. RandalPinkFloyd


    Jun 3, 2012
    We rent a space at a studio. I like the setup, no schlepping gear for practice, can come and go 24/7.
  12. TinIndian

    TinIndian Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2011
    Micco Florida
    Singer's house. Got an upstairs rehearsal studio over his garage.
  13. Wow, if you have photos you have to post them!
  14. swamp_bass

    swamp_bass I love it when a groove comes together

    Nov 20, 2013
    North Cackalacky
    On a small working farm. Inside a converted horse barn, we have secure temperature controlled space to leave all our equipment. Outside, it's goats, chickens and pigs. Only downside is sometimes I get poo mashed into my guitar chord when it gets stepped on.
  15. altarsofmadness

    altarsofmadness Guest

    Jul 21, 2014
    In a warehouse, used as a parking. It is cool, but, sometimes, the non-working cars get in the way. But, hey, its free.
  16. altarsofmadness

    altarsofmadness Guest

    Jul 21, 2014
    Am I the only one who thinks that is insanely expensive?
  17. Where I am it's about $50 for a medium size rehearsal room for a 6 hour session.

    So, the Japanese price appears high.

    But, free is even better.
  18. JSpradBass


    Mar 3, 2013
    Columbus, OH
    We practice in the guitar players dental office.
  19. CGremlin


    Nov 1, 2014
    Palm Bay, FL
    Since most of my time has been with pit orchestras, rehearsal space (when we actually got a couple of days to rehearse with the cast instead of essentially sight-reading a show) was mostly in some nice theaters. When I was a kid we knew the Ft. Campbell post chaplain pretty well, and he let our band play in the sanctuary. He played with us on occasion as well. If we weren't there, we were in one of the soundproofed rooms at the teen center.

    It's been forever since I actually gigged, so right now my "rehearsal" space is the spare bedroom.
  20. Capt.Obvious

    Capt.Obvious Guest

    May 17, 2014
    Bonney Lake, WA
    Sounds almost ideal! A strip club next door would make it perfect. If you can't get a key yourself to the rehearsal space you should move rehearsal to preferably your home, but more likely the drummers. If there's other inhabitants that might complain about noise, tell them to stuff it, they should be thankful to hear some live music for a couple hours. ;)