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Posted 31 May 2016 - 04:46 PM

We do a few pubs in between the functions and get £250-£300, which is great for trying new stuff out (Surrey / SE)
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Posted 31 May 2016 - 07:02 PM

We are doing a pub gig this Saturday and we are getting £230. The starting point is usually £200 and the top end is about £250. I`m happy with that.

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Posted 31 May 2016 - 07:15 PM

We're a 4 piece rock/pop covers band playing mainly in Northamptonshire. £180 to £200 when we were getting our foot in the door 3 or 4 years ago. Once we did that it shifted up to £250. Sweet. :hi:

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Posted 31 May 2016 - 07:22 PM

View PostBassmonkey, on 31 May 2016 - 01:43 PM, said:


In response to OP - Leeds - 300. Blue - just got back from Nashville and Memphis. Watched bands do 4 sets. All had the bucket at the front for tips. I suspect many were earning next to nothing except the kudos of playing such iconic places. Some bars had 2 and 3 bands at the same time on different floors. Have to say the levels go musicianship, especially in Memphis was AMAZING! You guise earn your money!

I've heard Nashville is a lot harder for Bands than Milwaukee "City of Festivals".

We always have a tip jar discreetly placed on our merch table. So in addition to our standard fee we have our tips. Usually tips are an extra $20.00 person.However on more than 1 occasion there's been as much as an additional $100.00 per member in that tip jar.

This bar band business is a hustle,you have to work your butt off for this money.

We've had to play 3-7 then pack up and go directly to a 9-1. I actually enjoy those double gig days.

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Posted 31 May 2016 - 08:08 PM

That is a real hussle for 200-250 bucks... that is 8 hrs work plus plus rigging x 4

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Posted 31 May 2016 - 08:25 PM

View PostJTUK, on 31 May 2016 - 08:08 PM, said:

That is a real hussle for 200-250 bucks... that is 8 hrs work plus plus rigging x 4

I'm not sure I understand your point.

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Posted 31 May 2016 - 08:37 PM

I'm agreeing that you work your butt off for 8-10 hrs for your money.

I wouldn't do that myself but good luck to you.

My friend down in Florida says the hours are brutal and he doesn't know how much longer he can keep it up...and
he used to live for gigs.

For me, 2 hrs playing is tops...but I'd tend to price a gig as how many hrs I'm away from the house.

I agree, or would always say, pubs are too much work for the money.

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Posted 31 May 2016 - 09:14 PM

I tend to take the view that the money is for the effort of rehearsing, traveling, unloading, setting up, packing down loading and associated expenses. The actual playing part I do for the love of it. I've often said that if you don't love it then the financial remuneration alone wouldn't make it worthwhile.
For 4 hours playing though I think the love of playing itself would start to wear a bit thin and the love of money would have to start to rear its ugly head!
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Posted 31 May 2016 - 09:20 PM

View PostNorris, on 31 May 2016 - 08:56 AM, said:

In Leicestershire £250-300. There are cheaper paying gigs to be had, but we won't do them :)

Same county as me. :)

Yeah, £250 to £300 for the pubs, a few of them pay a little bit more once they get to know you, but that's a pretty standard rate for this area.
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Posted 31 May 2016 - 10:27 PM

Evidently we need to kick our guitarist's arse as he lives in Leicestershire and hasn't got us any gigs yet. Tamworth and Birmingham pubs pay £200-£250.
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Posted 31 May 2016 - 10:36 PM

View Posttauzero, on 31 May 2016 - 10:27 PM, said:

Evidently we need to kick our guitarist's arse as he lives in Leicestershire and hasn't got us any gigs yet.

Not too hard though, there's often quite a walk between pubs... :lol:




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Posted 31 May 2016 - 10:58 PM

View Postrungles, on 30 May 2016 - 10:03 PM, said:

So I've been playing on the Isle of Wight since I was 15 (that's 30 years, man and boy - OK mostly boy). It's a standing joke down here that pubs have ALWAYS paid £120 per night on average but sadly it is actually the case.

Are you sure that's the case ? There tends to be a lot of bullshit talked by bands and I'm never sure anyone is telling the truth about fees. Most of us can only say with any certainty what our own fees are.

I know what we ask for and get and I know there are cheaper bands on the scene because I see them responding to ad's with a specific fee mentioned but that's all I really know.

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Posted 31 May 2016 - 11:02 PM

View PostJTUK, on 31 May 2016 - 08:37 PM, said:

I'm agreeing that you work your butt off for 8-10 hrs for your money.

I wouldn't do that myself but good luck to you.

My friend down in Florida says the hours are brutal and he doesn't know how much longer he can keep it up...and
he used to live for gigs.

For me, 2 hrs playing is tops...but I'd tend to price a gig as how many hrs I'm away from the house.

I agree, or would always say, pubs are too much work for the money.

I'm 63, I'm thinking I'll be able to do this for another 10 years tops.

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 12:41 AM

Normal pub gigs range £200-£250 but can be outside that, either way. Function gigs are usually more. 2 sets, 9pm - 11.30pm with a 20 minute break.

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 01:38 AM

View PostJTUK, on 31 May 2016 - 08:37 PM, said:

I'm agreeing that you work your butt off for 8-10 hrs for your money.

I wouldn't do that myself but good luck to you.

We're all different with different tolerance levels.

A 4 hour bar gig is a "piece of cake" for me.

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 01:41 AM

View PostPainy, on 31 May 2016 - 09:14 PM, said:


For 4 hours playing though I think the love of playing itself would start to wear a bit thin and the love of money would have to start to rear its ugly head!

Not at all. A 4 hour gig is a "piece of cake for me"

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 10:01 AM

In sunny Herefordshire we tend to get £200 - £250 for pub gigs
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Posted 01 June 2016 - 10:15 AM

South Warwickshire - £200 - £250 for 2 x 1 hour set..
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Posted 01 June 2016 - 10:40 AM

It seems the average rate then for a pub is 250.
I think this is about right and although some might disagree I think they should not need to pay anymore if they are a mid sized pub. With an average of 100 punters watching a band and spending between 10 and 20 each the takings will be around 1500 which does not leave a lot when all costs are taken out.
It's in all of our interests for pubs with live music to remain profitable and stay in business. I agree busier pubs should pay more but at the end of the day they have to run a business.

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 01:17 PM

I use the formula I mentioned before so if you know price range of the cost of a barrell, and you know many pints served from a barrel at X per pint, the only thing left is to know how many pints they sold.
That gets you ball park and you wont really know much more about someone else's business.
I think you can get a rough idea of how many people there needs to be in a bar and the LL will be either pleased with the night or downbeat.

What bands don't tend to factor in, is what the other bands do in terms of business. The LL/Venue will have to keep a lid on this throughout the year so that is another reason not to play the pubs with variable bands as they impact on other bands more than you'd want.

A decent music pub can have a steady clientele, but sometimes you can't explain good or bad nights and it is not always down to the band itself.
That is why settling for a lower figure and leaving yourself in credit with the venue gets you booked again..
It is the profit against your fee that the LL will see at the end of the day.
For pubs, I don't see much point charging more than £350... as you will be under a lot of scrutiny for that money and the LL will not book you back
if the gig is all round too much like hard and fraught work.

Those LL's are 'friends' for the most part and I'll ask guys what they will work for... on the basis that they haven't got anything better, or at all, that night, and
just try and be all round reasonable.

That way, ..plus always sorting them out for their free dates, the LL values you a bit more as a point of contact and a band.

FWIW...the biggest pulling bands around here are mostly ska bands... as you get all the white guys who can't dance go to those :lol:
If they are half reasonable..they'll be around the £500 mark... simply because they are worth it in bar take.

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 01:52 PM

View PostJTUK, on 01 June 2016 - 01:17 PM, said:



FWIW...the biggest pulling bands around here are mostly ska bands... as you get all the white guys who can't dance go to those :lol:
If they are half reasonable..they'll be around the £500 mark... simply because they are worth it in bar take.
yep it's the same round Nottingham as well, the Ska and Mod bands go down well which means they get more money, fair enough I say

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 05:50 PM

View Postdood, on 31 May 2016 - 09:45 AM, said:

What's shocking is that these regional rates have pretty much stayed the same even since I first started playing. Even 'Minimum Wage' has managed to increase in comparison lol..

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 06:02 PM

North Lincolnshire. Circa 250 per gig.
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Posted 10 September 2017 - 08:25 AM

We average about £250 around the Durham/Teeside area.

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 11:33 AM

We play in West London pubs and £200 to £250 is the norm if the venue is putting the music on free. At a place that charges on the door £400 is more like it. We also got a NYE gig at £400
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NE of Scotland we charge 350 for a pub gig and a number of pubs are more than happy to pay that
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Posted 10 September 2017 - 11:59 AM

View PostNicko, on 10 September 2017 - 11:33 AM, said:

We play in West London pubs and £200 to £250 is the norm if the venue is putting the music on free. At a place that charges on the door £400 is more like it.

East London pubs the same - so good to know that there's no particular benefit in trekking across town to each other's manors! :)
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Posted 10 September 2017 - 07:52 PM

View Postrungles, on 31 May 2016 - 12:31 PM, said:

Thanks all - so bands on the IOW are getting properly stiffed by the looks of it! I wouldn't mind so much if we got £120 'off-season' (the IOW is very tourist-based) and the money went up in the summer but it's the same all year.

Not that I'd ever stop gigging but it's interesting to know what you guys get paid in other parts of the country.
I think it's disgusting & I know the island pubs pay a lot less rates than mainland pubs . one pub in particular pays less than one a 3rd it's size even though it's packed .that's why I try to stick to private & mainland gigs .





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