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During 2010, we knew that we needed to get into some bigger places. This is the really hard one. We were making a basic living from playing our paying pub gigs – and the larger venues seemed impossible to step up to. Our first break was to get the chance to play with Alabama 3. We had to sell tickets in order to get paid – but if you believe in what you are doing, you sometimes have to take a risk. It worked pretty good – we made a smal l prof it. Enough to take the risk a few more times with Rev Peyton and The Pogues – both of which also worked – tho it became clear that we couldn’t keep selling tickets at £10 to the same fan base who could see us play a much longer set at a local pub for free! We needed to expand our gig area.


In 2011, we organised a small tour of Netherlands (our lead vocalist is cal led The Dutch Diva, and there is a clue in that name!). This was successful and we are back out there in December 2011. On the strength of our gigs with Alabama 3 and others we were voted Best Live Band of 2011 in Playmusic Magazine! This was amazing and we have used this in all our publicity since. It seems to have opened a few doors as we managed to get a few out of town gigs that have led to other gigs and now we feel we are on the tip of the next ladder on the rung. It’s only the second or third rung, no need to get excited, the thief he kindly spoke. But we need to step up. And there is a problem.


What happens next? What can we do to move up? Who do we need to speak to, work with, flatter and cover in chocolate? How do we get a promoter that can actually get us decent gigs? How do bands really get on to the major festivals? I have seen brilliant bands in my local pub and bands I wouldn’t pay to see at major festivals – sure – it’s always a personal thing – but – it isn’t. Great music needs more than just being great to step upwards. I am on a fact finding mission and I need your help. Can anyone out there in Muso World give me any clues as to who and how you go about finding a decent agent? I have spoken to Media P/R companies, publishers, management etc and I don’t think I am any the wiser.


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