As a live music promoter this subject seems to come up a lot and its been highlighted again recently after Slaves posted this post on twitter, its been shared around and stirred the pot again, all interesting stuff.
So…..The benefits of not posting set times to a live show are based on the premise that if you don’t know what times the band are on you will get down early to make sure you don’t miss them.
The negatives of this could be that music loving people that travel to gigs on public transport need to plan their journeys and like to know the times the band are due on so they can plan trains / bus’s home etc.
Both valid reasons, in reality though and I’m talking purely from my own experiences as a gig goer and a Live event manager is that the general public will just do what they want to do what ever way you choose.
Not advertising set times hasn’t in my experience brought more people through thorough the door any earlier. On the unsigned scene the people coming to gigs are usually mates of the bands, the bands tend to tell them the times they are on anyway. Bands should always encourage their fans/friends/family that are coming to see them to come early and catch the support acts. I totally wish more bands would do this but again in reality it doesn’t seem to happen.
WE DON’T POST SET TIMES TO OUR SHOWS. WE WERE THE SUPPORT ONCE. WE WOULDN’T BE HERE IF NOBODY TURNED UP TO WATCH US. SO TURN UP WHEN YOUR TICKET SAYS AND YOU’LL BE FINE.
— Slaves (@Slaves) 17 November 2018
Advertising the set times does have a knock on effect. You see that the band are on at 9pm you head into town early for 6/7pm, nip for a pint before, it gets to 8pm and you think about heading on to the gig with the good intention of watching the support band, but daft Dave has just rocked up with another round of shots so you think fuck it ill just get there for 9pm as you know you won’t miss the band and you can enjoy those silly little green drink things. Maybe that’s just me.
So what do we do? I don’t have the answers, Its good to debate these things and come to some kind of unwritten rule on what is best to do for all parties.
So what do you this guys? Debate below in the comments or on our facebook post and let’s get to the bottom of it.