I've just joined your group what do I do?
It's all very simple, have a look at the events we have coming up. Have a listen to the videos or links we have up. If you like the band / act, buy a ticket from one of the online ticket merchants we link to and RSVP. Better still, if it's a free event, you won't have to sort out a ticket. Sometimes people aren't that fussed about the music, they are just out for the social aspect, that's fine, you don't need to be a music snob to come along.
Do you just do gigs?
Nope, sometimes we put up pub catch up socials without any live music. It's a friendly way to get to know people without loud music to stop conversation. Less often we may put up club nights. Our Pete hosts his own club night High Pressure Nights at the Green Door Store once a month, often we put that up as an event.
Do I have to buy a ticket online?
A lot of gigs we put up on Gig Buddies are rather popular. Whether you buy a ticket in advance depends on how lucky you feel. On rare occasions popular gigs can sell out in an hour of the tickets becoming available online. More often a popular gig will sell out between a month to a week before the gig. Lesser known acts and local bands don't tend to sell out and you can get tickets on the door. If in doubt, buy online.
Do I have to use the ticket merchant you've linked to?
No. Not at all. We don't make any money. If you can find a cheaper merchant, buy your tickets there and perhaps tell us. Base ticket prices are usually the same, it's just the booking fees that can vary. With some venues you can only use their ticket booking system, others sell through third parties in addition, and some only use third party vendors.
I've got a gig / band I think people may like, can I host?
When we the organisers have met you in person a few times and have established you look suspiciously reliable, you can ask one of us to schedule a draft meet up for you with you as host. When you've been made host for an event you can then edit the information for that meetup only.
I can't make it to your gig anymore, is it alright to just not show up?
Sure that's fine stuff happens, that's life. But as a courtesy to the host, can you please change your RSVP status to "No". We often check the list of who's coming to keep an eye out for you. It makes our life easier when looking out for people.
How will I know who you are? Will you be wearing a badge or something?
Now for some, this is the scary part if you are new to the group. No, we don't wear badges. We usually offer a description of ourselves, where we are going to meet and at what time. It's usually customary for the host to give out their phone number and all the other details to the attendees the day before or on the day of the gig. So check your emails!
I met so and so host and they weren't very welcoming, is this normal?
Whoa Neddy, hold your horses there. Life is what it is, give people the benefit of the doubt. Gigs can be noisy places and it isn't easy to talk at some venues. If we are hosting a large group it isn't easy to give everyone our full attention, and sometimes, people are just having a bad day. All of the organisers are nice people. If it was your first time and you didn't feel welcome, don't let that put you off. Each gig and venue is different as are the people who turn up.
Anything else I might want to know?
Ear plugs! Some nights can be rather loud. I strongly recommend you buy a pair to protect your ears. Deafness and ringing ears isn't fun.
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