Back when I was gigging with my last band a few years ago, we played a local venue. My (girlfriend at the time) partner likes to go to as many of my shows as she can, and normally it is no problem for the venue to let her in with the band. However, at this venue (which doesn't pay bands mind you) We finished loading in, and someone came up and told my partner that she has to go outside and pay to get in since she isn't the band. I was a bit miffed by this and protested, she felt awkward but I told her she didn't have to leave. The venue conceded saying "this time, but next time..." As I'm going to start gigging again soon with my new band, I want to see if I was wrong for dealing with the situation this way. In talking with my new band members they didn't see it as a big deal. However she is my partner, we have the same bank account and 90% of our income comes from me. If she has to pay to get into the venue, especially if we are not getting paid, then I am essentially paying to play, and that doesn't seem cool to me. I don't expect them to comp her drinks or anything special like that, but I feel that it shouldn't be an issue for her to get in for free, especially if she is coming with the band and helping load in gear, etc. Perhaps I'm out of line. I'm perfectly happy to be told that I am. I'm just curious how everyone else would deal with this. Sorry about the text wall by the way.