As a member of a band (or an
agent for one) that has at some time played at Tropic At Ruislip and
is either likely to return, is already scheduled to return OR is
potentially going to come to us I think
I should make you aware of some minor changes to the promotional
arrangements with me which HOPEFULLY will work for the good of all,
although until it is tried we will never know!
I see the bands that play at Tropic’ in four distinct
1) Tribute bands pulling 200+ or which there are several, but by no
2) Tribute bands pulling below 200 (which is the largest group)
3) Original bands pulling 150+ (not all that come).
4) Original bands pulling below 150.
A number of original bands
are on the cusp of the 120/150 mark.
This new system is designed to help promote the
original bands and some tribute acts attracting a smaller crowd by “using” SOME of the
If you are in
a tribute band it might well benefit you and not actually COST
If you are in an
original band or tribute attracting a smaller crowd it MIGHT mean that some of your customers get
in at a lower than normal price.
As I am sure some reading this will know, I have experimented with
putting various original bands in on Sundays at various times of the
day with very limited success. It is a shame to let the room remain
idle on Sundays, especially as the return time for a lot of bands is
now well over a year.
So the plan going forward is to try putting some TRIBUTE bands in on
a Sunday evening slot where the start and finish times are brought
forward so the gigs SHOULD end at around 10.30, allowing people
plenty of time to get home and up for work the next morning.
The first few of these have been booked and I am not proposing to
book any more until the initial two or three have gone through and
we will see how we got on with them.
The PLAN is, at these Sunday shows (although I
MIGHT extend this to some shows on other nights), to give all those attending a
“Tropic” pin badge, and then to use those badges to offer a discount
at ORIGINAL/SMALLER TURNOUT band gigs of £5 on them handing over the badge.
means that we could be potentially drawing those that only go to see
main tribute bands in to see original/other bands AND reward those that drag
themselves out on a Sunday night to a gig, as such it is felt that
this is a “win win” situation.
It also means we are rewarding our most loyal customers AND it means
we are hopefully going to get bigger crowds in to see original and
bands, and thus grow our audience there as well, AND attract
customers in to see the
original bands those folk that are “Tribute Only” so, potentially, would
not have come anyway.
I plan to offer “Badge
IN Promotion Gigs” at fairly short notice where
I see a gig not booking THAT well, where that decision, I am afraid,
you will have to leave in my hands.
I only offer door deals at
Ruislip so it does mean that POTENTIALLY there could be some
people in at “your” gig who have not paid the full price, and in
this case your split will actually be based on the sum of cash in
the tin, NOT bodies actually in the room. I will, of course, make
this known to you on payment should your gig have been chosen.
As with all promotions very few people will actually take it up, and
like I said those that do are those that, potentially, would not
have come anyway.
If you have any comments I would
pleased to hear them, but assuming it all sounds OK then there
is no need to respond.
Please note I am not
proposing an "opt out" option to bands (impossible to manage), the
only other option is that you opt not to return, which is not really
the result I want going forward!
I WOULD STRESS THAT VERY FEW BANDS ARE
LIKELY TO BE DETRIMENTALLY AFFECTED AS THOSE "PART PAYING" WITH THE
BADGES WOULD, POTENTIALLY, HAVE NOT COME ANYWAY.
Finally a note re 2015
2014 is now fully booked more or less and I will be working on 2015
after Xmas at some point, where, in 2015, I am proposing that the
first Friday in every month will be original bands (forming a “First
Friday Club” (FFC))” and the rest mainly tribute acts, although I
may add more original in there as well as dates allow.