There comes a time, at least once or twice in a band’s lifetime when seeking out alternatives to music venues becomes a necessity.
[NOTE: This is an archived post from Almost Famous, a music blog for unsigned musicians which I ran from 2012-2013]
It could be that the traditional music venues are non existent and no pub, club or bar in town is booking live music.
Or maybe they are, only they’re booked up for months at time and there’s no way of getting a gig.
Then again, perhaps there’s plenty of places to play and plenty of spots available and yet somehow you managed to piss off every promoter in town, find yourself blacklisted, death warrants on your head, decapitated horses in your bed and….
OK, let’s not get carried away.
Whatever reason, here’s six alternatives to music venues you can try out for a gig with a difference.
1) Record store
Let’s work our way from the obvious to the obscure, shall we?
Sure, the good old independent record stores of old probably exist in even small numbers than music venues these days, but they’re still out there.
Naturally an ideal setting for a small show, especially so if the same record store happens to be stocking your latest recording.
2) Coffee shop
If record stores are your first port of call, coffee shops should surely come a close second.
It probably goes without saying that these sort of venues are more suited to acoustic performances than a raging set of piledriving death metal.
3) Your friend’s house
Or garden, if it’s big enough, and the neighbors won’t complain, and it isn’t likely to rain hard.
Got a buddy up for throwing a party complete with live music? Then you’ve got yourself a gig.
Satan-worshipping black metal overlords need not apply.
For the rest of you, there’s been a few sweet gigs held in some pretty impressive churches.
No longer the sacred home of silence, especially not in the UK.
Though the trend isn’t as prevalent as it was a year or so back, there has been a huge rise in the number of libraries looking to boost footfall and get more young people interested in going to the library by putting on some awesome rock concerts.
Chris Skoyles is a former music journalist, gig promoter and frequent visitor of both libraries and coffee shops, where there was never enough live music for his liking. He now sends his days working as a freelance writer and sucking at guitar. Find out more at chrisskoyles.com