long one here...my apologies. (i used the search function, to no avail) okay, here's the deal: my songwriter has the bright idea to have a daylong mini-festival, with many local bands (as many as 12), playing into the night. purpose: to make money for the studio, to network with other bands and to prove that original music is a good thing. we're just starting out researching potential venues, sponsors, etc, with the credo: less is more. having said that, i've already made a list of issues that i hit him with via email... -venue: where? how much????? -food/drink concessions: what kind, what permits, what facilities needed for local specs -alcohol: how to/whether to, ie, sell it there, or allow walkin: glass allowed? -bathrooms: cost and supplies -trash management, during and after -security: crowd, artists and equipment, police...police do bill for details! -tech: equipment, sound, staging, lights, ELECTRICITY AVAILABILITY/cost...generators for lights? -how many tix@what price for breakeven: raffle stuff? think sponsorship/band merch -merch tents, both for band stuff and outside vendors: table fee? (outside vendor only) -how many bands? -length of sets -parking -liability insurance/permits/licenses/clearances/waivers/bonding: what's necessary? lead time/processing times? -promotion: radio/print media/web/word of mouth -sponsors: the more the better! -recording: taping area? record for promo cd? -radio feed? -camping -roads...how easy is it to get there and back for most folks? -piss-offable neighbors, re: noise level, altered audience -time slot for event...what will it be clashing with, re: other concerts in the tristate: do we care? should we? -medical: onsite medicos do bill! what do the local ordinances require? -dealing with crashers -how to split proceeds with bands -go/no go date? -weather: if storms, hail, tornado, emergency protocol/contingency plan? emergency shelters? -fire marshall: must call when venue is set to be in compliance: fire control is essential. think 'great white' -if outside, boundaries. re: fences? -OUT OF POCKET COSTS FOR EVERYTHING!!!!!!! do any of you have experience with doing this? i have more questions than answers, and i'm sure i've only scratched the surface. are we stupid for even wanting to try? from what i came up with, even if we get buttloads of sponsors, it will take a miracle to 1) survive, 2) make a profit, 3) not kill each other. i think that smaller would be better, instead of trying for another bonnaroo. it would also keep the snafu factor down, but...is it possible to do something along these lines that could, possibly, actually turn a profit for us? thoughts? suggestions? flames? i'll take it all. thank you ahead of time!