We don't have an application process for playing our gigs or events; so emailing or ringing us out of the blue will almost certainly be a waste of time. That’s us being honest.
We want to build a relationship with artists and promoters. We're not interested in packing our calendar with gigs that nobody shows up to. When you play at our venues and events, we want it to be a good experience for everyone in the room.
The best way to get a gig directly with us is to make yourselves known to our team… that means coming to our gigs, speaking to our staff (maybe at the end of the night when they’re less busy)… or chatting to us at one of our online music development sessions - see our social media for details - or dropping us a line to email@example.com .
From time to time we run projects for local artists to get involved in - projects that will help you to improve your profile or your understanding of the music industry - so if you get offered the chance to join in, then please do... it'll be worthwhile.
We also run a recording studio – using it is also a way of us finding out about you and your music… We’ll also keep an eye on your social media activity – so that we can judge your ability to pull a crowd by seeing how active you are in promoting your activities.
Putting an event on in our venues can rack up a lot of costs – and not just the obvious stuff; but lots of hidden costs too… like security, heating, licenses etc. Events need to work financially – attracting an audience that will help us to cover our costs through decent ticket and bar sales. It’s important that the venue doesn’t lose money when putting on shows.
We get offered lots of artists through professional agents and we also work with some great promoters from the Teesside area. We work independently of each other - but we generally all talk to each other and help spread the word about our local artists.
We're BIG fans of the DIY spirit of musicians - so if you have good ideas around collaborating with other artists to join forces for an event in one of our venues, let us know about it and we'll see how we can help make it happen.