Since I began promoting gigs way back in 2010 I’ve been happy to “reserve” or hold tickets for people to pay the advance price on the door. By and large this hasn’t been a problem but recently I’ve noticed more and more people asking to reserve tickets and then not turn up or even tell me they weren’t coming. For example 37 people asked me to hold tickets for the recent Theatre of Hate show and only a handful turned up. I’ve even had people I don’t know turn up expecting to pay the advance price when they haven’t even asked me because “everyone does it”
The process is unfair on people who buy on line tickets in advance as they get tickets cheaper than the ”On The Door” price and therefore this doesn’t encourage people to buy in advance which when you’re committing to large amounts of money to put on a show is a real comfort blanket.
I appreciate booking fees/postal charges can be seen as a rip off but they are a necessary evil. The promoter gets no money from booking fees, postage charges, it all goes to the ticket agency.
Therefore I have reluctantly decided that I am not going to ‘reserve or ‘hold’ tickets any more. I realise that may be seen as unfair on the group of people who have always played the game and not let me down when “reserving” tickets but it’s simply unfair on others and causes me too much hassle.
I’m more than happy to sell tickets directly to people and I absorb the postage fees and don’t charge any booking fee when selling directly. I’m happy to take payment via Paypal which provides payment protection for the buyer and at no other additional cost to the purchaser other than the price of the ticket.
Anyone wanting tickets can use the Paypal link here or buy from the venues and usual on line outlets.
2 confirmed shows so far for 2019
9th February the return of The Fallen Leaves to The Westgarth Social Club ably supported by The Space Agency who headlined the first ever Fast Forward Promotions show.
A way off but 27th September sees the return of The Cyanide Pills supported by The Filth in The Green Room Stockton – a repeat of 2016’s stupendous show.
Still awaiting final confirmation of the rescheduled Rose McDowall show – provisionally March 1st.
Weekend just gone has seen the final shows of 2018. I said last year that I would be doing less shows in 2018 and definitely stuck to that. Great as well to do more co promotions and work with like minded people.
So thanks to John Otway, Chords UK, Galilleo 7, Spear of Destiny, Fallen Leaves, Filthy Tongues, Monochrome Set and Theatre of Hate for delivering great head line shows in 2018.
Thanks as well to all the support bands, too many to mention but most notable sets from Quarterlight, Cathode Ray and Johnny Seven but credit to Sound Reaction and Thee Strawberry Mynde without who’s help some gigs just wouldn’t have happened.
Best of the year? For me Fallen Leaves but Filthy Tongues ran them close.
Thanks to everyone who helped in any way shape or form but especially those that supported the gigs buying coming along and buying tickets
Cheers all, here’s to 2019.
Mega pleased that the previously postponed Cyanide Pills gig has been confirmed for Friday 27th September 2019 – it’s a bit of a way off but it’ll be worth waiting for. The Filth support for what’s sure to a great night in the Green Room Stockton.
New stuff, old stuff, it’ll be great. As usual. Nuff said.
Oh, Johnny Seven supporting, bonus.
The Monochrome Set were post punk before the phrase was invented. 40 years on and still as relevant, exciting & inventive as they’ve always been. Franz Ferdinand amongst others site them as a major influence.
“The perfect pop band” – so says Bob Fischer.
Cathode Ray from Edinburgh, supported Wire at the Georgian last year. Best described as Manchester Punk meets New York Disco.
Cathode Ray 8:45pm
Monochrome Set 9:45pm
£12 adv, £14 otd
Friday November 30th & Saturday December 1st are the final shows of the year featuring The Monochrome Set and Theatre of Hate respectively.
The Rose McDowall show scheduled for December 8th has been postponed with a provisionally rearranged date of Friday March 1st 2019. This will be confirmed as soon as possible.
The Fallen Leaves and The Space Agency play The Westgarth Club on Saturday 9th February 2019 as scheduled.
The Cyanide Pills show postponed from March 1st 2019 has now been rearranged for later in 2019 and the date will be announced shortly.
Any other shows will be announced as and when confirmed.