How much do bands usually cost to book? Obviously we need to figure that out before we do any booking.
It really depends on the band, and it can depend on the type of event. One of my friends booked Infected Mushroom to play his farm for a "houseparty" type event a couple of years ago and that cost him $10,000 for the evening, but I think he said they charge more if you're making money off the event.
This site is absolutely horrible but if you cut these numbers in half you might have a good estimate. This is for national booking though, if you base your show around local-ish talent or artists who are going to be on tour you can save a lot of money.
When I was in college we would throw a 4 act show and spend about 15 grand total on acts.
Try and contact Eric Gilbert from Finn Riggins. Boise's Treefort Fest, which was a fucking massive success (all profits went to our awesome public radio station too!), started as him wanting to showcase local talent but it blew up pretty damn quick.
And Treefort was his brainchild, I meant to say. He handled pretty much all the booking i believe, so having a somewhat successful band member doing that aspect of it definitely helps as far as networking, etc. As cbats said, pretty much all the bigger acts at Treefort were touring and he worked it out perfectly.
OK I was pondering this while grocery shopping. These are all just my made up opinons and based on zero experience in anything like this.
First thing you do is pick an attendance you want to get. Then you have to find a venue that can hold that many plus a little more in case things go really well. From there you can decide how many stages, what kind of food/drink will be offered and if there is going to be anyone else selling art or whatever.
Then, the lineup. I would say get a headliner that can sell about two thirds of your target sales at a local venue. Fill out the rest of the lineup with bands that could possibly open for that band and your friends bands. Those should all be really cheap and each band would probably draw a few dozen people because they have friends and stuff.
Once you have an idea of the bands playing, you can start to plan stages, sound, and possibly lights. Then there's all the other stuff that has to be done regardless and can be planned at any time after the venue is picked (insurance, permits, all that stuff Cbats said)
Post by StormyPinkness on Apr 24, 2012 12:20:33 GMT -5
I actually think it would be wonderful to start a festival, but not easy. Venue would be difficult. But if you got a really good headliner and then focused on more localish bands it would be cool. I agree that if someone were to actually put some sort of business plan together that Kickstart would be a way to get it funded.