Play New Year's Eve for regular Bar Pay, or No?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by 51PRI, Oct 4, 2022.

  1. 51PRI


    Aug 7, 2014
    We have had an offer for two gigs at a place we used to play a few years ago. It's a restaurant/bar that used to have bands every week but stopped for a few years for various reasons. We know and like the owner. One of the dates is New Years Eve but he, supposedly, according to the BL, can't pay typical or even elevated, but normal for NYE, pay. So, play NYE for regular bar rates? Take the gig or No?
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  2. Me personally?

  3. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
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  4. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    Would your band get another NYE gig?

    My band? Nope, nope, nope. We've had a standing gig for the last 11 years (minus 2020) at the same place. Great bar, great crowd, great pay, and bi-monthly gigs plus more high profile stuff throughout the year like St. Patrick's Day, St. Patrick's Day parade day, etc.
  5. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    what are the alternatives --- for you, personally?
  6. Oddly


    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    My first question is do you trust your BL?
    Next, do you believe the venue owner? Don't know how it works in your part of the world, but here in Dublin, pretty much every bar/restaurant/venue charges a bit extra for admittance on NYE. Is this guy doing that? If so, he should be paying you more.

    Of course other factors may influence much you actually want to gig that night, can you get a better offer elsewhere, does playing for minimum guarantee you regular gigs down the line?

    Personally, I detest New Years Eve, and prefer to spend it at home with my wife, and a bottle of whiskey.
    But that's just me...
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  7. getrhythm


    Nov 2, 2015
    New Jersey
    Ha, no.
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  8. Stewie

    Stewie Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2013
    Near Boston
    Years ago I played a NYE gig for big money. We had the bartender dancing, but he was the only person in the bar besides us. I too would rather be at home with some long time friends. We used to drink a lot, but now it’s a beer or a glass of wine each. Dang, I’m getting old. :(
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  9. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    What do the other guys think?
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  10. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    NYE is 100% lame to go out. So what else would you do? Playing is better than not. But push for higher rate. It’s probably expanded set list. You probably have additional expenses for clothes. And you probably have to play Auld Lang Syne which is the Wagon Wheel of NYE, that merits combat pay.
  11. MultiScaleMale

    MultiScaleMale Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Depends on how well you know the owner and if this good will leads to other gigs. Me? No.
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  12. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
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  13. Depends on whether you think you can get a gig somewhere else for better pay, or you want to play that night at all...
  14. edencab


    Aug 14, 2013
    Toronto, On
    #1 premium night = premium pay, otherwise I'd rather spend the night with family or friends...if it is a decent bar/event, it will be packed to the max. allowed by law and probably a bit more if they can sell enough tickets and get away with it. They will be making mucho dinero in tix/food/drink sales. If your band is good and keeps the crowd happy and thirsty, you deserve way more than a Sat. night's base pay
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  15. KenD


    Oct 25, 2020
    Vancouver Island
    Nothing about NYE is ever at "base rates" so why should your pay be? I would rather sit it out at home with friends than participate in the race to the bottom.
  16. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
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  17. gidbass

    gidbass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009

    Good Luck!
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  18. Manticore


    Feb 27, 2016
    SoCal and PNW
    NYE is the highest paying night of the year. It's also the most work. It also poses the most risk given everyone else on the road when the band is driving home is plastered. It's your time: decide.
  19. BAG


    May 5, 2014
    New Zealand
    You say....
    Normal NYE pay rates are generally around three to four times the usual weekend band rate in my pay of the world.
    Is this what your BL meant, or just the normal weekend rate to play NYE?
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  20. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    Only matters what you think. Personally, a hard no
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