New gigs!

11th May 2012 by Emma Scott

We’re very pleased to announce full details of our July gigs in Wolverhampton and Birmingham.

Saturday July 7th, Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton

The One Twos
The Regulars
Arcade Parade
Fly By Nature
Different Class

Tickets on sale at the usual Midlands Box Offices and from the bands themselves from next week. Plus, of course, the Emma Scott Presents Shop!

Next up, it’s Saturday July 14th, O2 Academy 3, Birmingham

The Whiskey Syndicate
Crooked Dawn
JD and the FDCs
Black Russian

Tickets available now from the usual box offices and the bands from next week.

10 excellent bands there, and they’d love for you to come and see them! Spread the word, share this page and let’s have a full house for both of them!



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Working with promoters

28th April 2012 by Emma Scott

Here are some handy tips for bands who are booking gigs and dealing with promoters and venues!  Hope they help you.

Before you book any gig, make sure you know which dates each band member can do – and more importantly CAN’T do. So many times I book a band for a gig one day and am told the next that their drummer is at college or at a doctors appointment on the day of the gig or even on holiday – so they can’t play.

Sometimes I have already spent time and money organising a flyer for the gig – this has to be re-designed and paid for again.

Upon booking a gig, it’s well worth finding out about equipment sharing and load in times even if it’s months away. Some early curfew gigs start at 6pm and load ins start at 3pm. This is very early of course, especially on a week-day, but they are early for a reason. Sound checking 5 bands in a 3 hour window can be quite hard for the sound-guy.

Imagine how hard it is when the headlining band arrive at 4.45pm instead of 3pm!

Making other bands wait for gear and for their sound checks – or even making other bands miss their sound checks is very unprofessional and it won’t make you any friends. It will also cause the venue and promoters a lot of stress, so get your load in time and be there for it! Be early for it in fact; people will love you!

Are you fed up with emailing promoters but never getting a reply? Instead of ranting about how rude promoters are, remember they are very busy people – especially the ones at popular venues. Send a polite reminder and ask again every couple of weeks.  You may have to do this a few times before you get a reply.

Think about your actual email to the promoter. Have you included all the information that a promoter needs from you? Do you know what the promoter needs from you?

This is what I ask for on this site:

Band name (you’d be surprised how many bands leave this off!)

Where you’re from/based:  Important for me as I book gigs in Wolverhampton and Birmingham. I will therefore be able to match up each band to the best venue for them.

Your genre:  (particularly handy if the promoter has a slot to fill urgently and can only skim through emails looking for bands of a certain genre)

Your band links:  (Facebook/website/Myspace/Band Camp/Reverbnation etc) If the promoter can’t hear you or can’t find you on line – they won’t be able to book you.

Your contact details:  It’s amazing how many bands fill in my contact form incorrectly. If you have to fill in your email address on a contact form, check it before sending!

Interesting information:  Have you been on UK tour with Slash? Are you currently number 7 in the iTunes charts with your new single? Which other bands have you played with?  Sell your band, because your email will be sitting in an inbox with hundreds, maybe thousands of other bands – and you need to make yourselves look as good as possible.

Finally, once you have booked a gig, make sure you tell everyone about it. It’s not down to the promoter alone. If you don’t tell your fans about your gigs, you can expect to play in front of the sound engineer. It is up to each band on the bill AND the promoter to tell as many people as possible about the gig. Plugging the gig on the day of the event is great, but you need to be plugging everyday.

If you are given an allocation of tickets to sell, you have been given these for a reason. Venues are not free to hire. The costs can escalate (for a 200 capacity venue) into hundreds of pounds, and the promoter will have to pay these costs even if there’s no one at the gig.

If your band has 4 members and you’ve been given 25/30 tickets to sell, then split them up and sell as many as possible to fans, friends and family members. If you sell your allocation you will undoubtedly be rebooked and play higher up the bill next time.  If you don’t sell your allocation (or sell less then 10) you will very rarely be booked again by the same promoter.

Remember,  this is the music business. If you don’t bring people to a gig (or have fans that want to see you) you haven’t contributed much, have you? With the huge number of unsigned bands looking for gigs, the promoters have a lot of choice.

Promoters don’t walk away from each gig with all the money from tickets. They have to pay everyone before that happens, and if they haven’t broken-even on costs, they’ll be running to the cashpoint.  They can’t afford to keep putting gigs on if no one comes:-(

Circuit venues, like the O2 academies, make a note of high ticket-selling bands and will keep them on file for touring band support.  You could be playing to 3000 people at one of these gigs, so it’s well worth shifting those tickets at the smaller gigs.

If each band on the bill sells between 20 and 30 tickets, the room will be quite full and there’s more of a chance of growing your fan-base, handing out more CD’s and selling more merchandise. You do have merchandise, don’t you?

Anyway, enough for now. Keep working the band, keep promoting the band and good things will come!

These days, being a good band, writing good songs isn’t enough, sadly! You have to work hard to progress.

Good luck!





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Gig announcement!

28th April 2012 by Emma Scott

I am very pleased to announce that we’ve just booked The Whiskey Syndicate, Crooked Dawn and JD and the FDC’s for a gig at The O2 Academy 3 in Birmingham on Saturday July 14th.

Tickets are available in my shop and from the usual Midlands outlets – as well as in person at the O2 box office. We will add two more bands nearer the date and hope to see you there!

The Whiskey Syndicate will have copies of their new album ‘Right Side of Crazy’ with them and their new T Shirts, so come and get merch’d up and enjoy these excellent bands at this excellent venue! See you at the bar!

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The Whiskey Syndicate launch gig – April 15th

16th April 2012 by Emma Scott

What an amazing night everyone had last night at the In At The Eye Records launch of “The Right Side Of Crazy” for The Whiskey Syndicate in Wolverhampton.

The venue was rammed, the atmosphere was electric and the band were on fire.

The album was played from start to finish and it sounded huge at The Slade Rooms. The support bands, The Ki and Twisted Species warmed the audience up nicely for The Whiskey Syndicate who took to the stage for their hour-long set which lifted the roof off!

Emma Scott hosted the event and was ecstatic after their performance. She stormed the stage and congratulated the band on their amazing set, saying to the audience “You have just witnessed something special, Wolverhampton! The Whiskey Syndicate have just blown me away!”

Emma was obviously very proud of the band as she took to the stage with her 8 year old daughter still on her shoulders! Many of the Midlands heavyweights were in the audience to see The Whiskey Syndicate play: My Great Affliction, Crooked Dawn, Soley Mourning, From the Get Go, Everybody Looks Famous and Thieves to name but a few.

The press interviews came thick and fast, so look out for interviews with Midlands Music Scene, Born Music, Rock n Rose, Midlands Rocks, Midlands Music Maniacs, Express and Star, It’s Alive, Ryan’s Gig Guide and Soundcheck magazine.

The band release their first single – the title track from the album – on May 7th.  The album follows in June with worldwide distribution by Genepool/Universal Music Operations Ltd.

The Whiskey Syndicate are a massive live band and have played many times for Emma Scott Presents.  I’m sure after last night’s performance, they’ll be playing even more!

A tour will support the album release and the single “The Right Side of Crazy” will be on a radio set near you soon!

Enjoy the rock n roll fury!


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Sunday 15th April | Slade Rooms | Wolverhampton

26th March 2012 by admin

Emma Scott Presents | April 15th | Slade Rooms | Wolverhampton

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Pure Rawk Promoter Of The Year 2012!

16th March 2012 by admin

We are thrilled to announce Emma Scott Presents is winner of Promoter of The Year at the Pure Rawk Awards 2012.  This is the second win in a row, and Emma Scott is ecstatic! Thanks to you if you voted and us, and for all the bands for being part of the ride!

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