0 Want a page on our site?

Are you a solo artist, duo or band in Newcastle or elsewhere in the North East? Are you interested in some free advertising?

We’re always looking for new bands and artists to publicise on this site – you don’t have to sign anything, it’s not an agency deal or any kind of bookings contract… just if someone asks us, “Hey, do you know of a band that can do such-and-such?”, we can say, “Hell yeah, check out Band X – they’re ALL about such-and-such and you can find their biog on my website!”

The idea is to have a mutually beneficial relationship with as many bands and artists as possible, to increase traffic on our site and, most importantly, to make sure that local, talented musicians have somewhere online to call home (or a second home) to have their gigs, services and biographical information publicised for as many people as possible to see.

Just shoot me an email on rob@sessionsnewcastle.com and we can add you to our featured acts. You’ll get a biography, gig schedule and as many photos as you like on our site, and we can give you editing privileges too so you can update everything yourself… or if you’d prefer, just tell me when you’ve got a new gig or a few photos to add to your gallery, and I’ll stick them on there for you.

Keep on rockin’ in the free world!

Rob x

0 Yet another venue taking the mick… when will they learn?

Something I was reminded of today… it’s important that musicians know their worth.

MUSICIANS DESERVE TO BE PAID.

Rachel [last name omitted]

21 October 2014 10:55
Hi rob, my names Rachel and I’m the manager at [venue omitted], we’re hosting a few acoustic sessions next week throughout the afternoons from either 3-4 or 4-5 for local music talent like yourself. Wondered if you fancied coming doing a half hr or hr slot in a nice cozy environment. We can pay you in coffee and cake for your troubles and by all means out out your case and CDs if you have any to try drum up some interest! We’re part of the Newcastle music week. Would be great if you could come along and play a few songs for us.
Let me know what you think. You can call me on [number] or email [email] or just message me on here”
Cheers
Rach

Rob, the Monument Busker

Sent by Robert John Waters
21 October 2014 11:00
I’ll do that, if you come to my house and provide free coffee and cake for my friends while I play music in the corner. We won’t be able to pay you for the food, but it should drum up plenty of interest for your shop.
See where I’m coming from?
In short, sorry, I work weekdays anyway and don’t do gigs for free.
Rob

Rachel [last name omitted]

21 October 2014 11:02
Sorry maybe I worded it wrong

Rachel [last name omitted]

21 October 2014 11:02
Didn’t mean to offend good luck

Rob, the Monument Busker

Sent by Robert John Waters
21 October 2014 11:19
Sorry for snapping. I wasn’t offended/insulted… it’s just that this happens constantly to musicians and it really shouldn’t. If a venue has a budget for advertising, staff wages, overheads and other necessities which exist in running a business, then an entertainment budget should be available as well, if you want to host entertainment in order to increase revenue in your shop. Otherwise you’re just getting a free service which you wouldn’t dream of asking for from anyone in a different profession.
I’m not looking for an apprenticeship as I’ve been a professional musician for a number of years… if you hired a barista, do you think they would work for nothing, just for “good experience” in order that someone else may be interested in hiring them in the future?
I don’t mean to have a go, I’m a nice bloke… I just wish more venue/restaurant managers would realise what this looks like from the musician’s point of view.
Best of luck with your event, I’m sure you’ll find someone, but if you’re looking for a professional musician ie. one who does it for a living, you’re very unlikely to find one for free unless you’re raising money for charity.
Rob

Rachel [last name omitted]

25 October 2014 20:43
Your [sic] arrogant and completely read the situation in the wrong way! Thanks iv filled every day with fantastic professional musicians which would like to use this event to promote themselves and local talent! Good luck with your bad attitude!

Rachel [last name omitted]

25 October 2014 20:44
I wasn’t rude to you in the slightest and you should have taken it as a compliment that I invited you along to be part if newcadtle [sic] music week with free advertising

Rob, the Monument Busker

Sent by Robert John Waters
25 October 2014 21:05
Way to react to an apology.
Someone offering me a gig but refusing to pay is an insult, not a compliment. The fact that this is supposed to be part of Newcastle Music Week, yet you’re not willing to pay musicians is an absolute disgrace, and why it is becoming increasingly difficult to make a living in the live entertainment business.
Pretty sure I’ll just stick to busking, have my music heard by thousands more people than in a coffee shop, and make myself ¬£100-odd per hour doing it.
I find it very upsetting that “Newcastle Music Week” and the venues affiliated with it seem to care very little about the artists it is trying to promote. The contempt towards people who, by and large, have practiced and trained for their entire lives in order to hone their art, shown by not paying them even minimum wage (as opposed to ¬£80 per hour, which is the Musicians’ Union rate) is absolutely shocking, and having been a promoter and musician in this business for the last 16 years in London, Leeds and Newcastle, I can tell you that the vast majority of professional musicians would agree with me 100%.
As far as arrogance is concerned, I hardly think that’s fair. I’m generally pretty humble about my talent, albeit proud of the result of 30 years of very hard work. Suggesting that I am PAID for WORKING isn’t arrogant, it’s merely standing up for basic human rights and asking that venue managers stop exploiting musicians in this way.

Rob, the Monument Busker

Sent by Robert John Waters
25 October 2014 21:12
Please read this. It echoes the sentiment of millions of professional musicians around the world.
CLICK LINK

Rob, the Monument Busker

Sent by Robert John Waters
25 October 2014 21:21
And this.
CLICK LINK

 

1 Sessions Newcastle’s new site – intro & guide

We have arrived!

Well, after two and a half years of waiting, we’ve finally managed to use the domain name for something proper, rather than just a link to the Facebook page! So, for all you new users, here’s our first blog entry, which doubles as a guide to our wonderful new site.

The menu can take you wherever you need to go within our site. Artists/Bands gives you information and biographies for all of our featured acts. We are always looking to expand this section, so if you’re interested in joining our little group please let us know! It won’t cost you anything to become a featured act… if we decide to add you we’ll need a short biography and a list of all the upcoming shows/events you have booked. If we receive an enquiry about you, we’ll try to get you as many gigs as we can for a commission we’ll negotiate with you when you join. All we ask is that you share the site with your friends on social media… the whole point is to get fair treatment for musicians across the north east in a way that’s mutually beneficial. Eventually we plan to host a directory for pretty much everyone who is involved in the local music scene, but when that happens you would still be featured on the homepage, hopefully with a reach of hundreds or possibly thousands of people.

Next is the Events section, which gives you a complete list of Sessions Newcastle events and other promoters’ gigs involving our featured acts. They are listed by date, but there are plans underway to also have them listed by band and by venue, with individual band schedules on their own pages too.

The Blog page is what you’re looking at right now. We’ll be using this for important updates as well as gig, venue and single/album reviews for north-east bands. Further down the line we may well be looking for extra contributors, so please contact us if you’d be interested in writing them. Our sister company, www.proofperfectonline.co.uk, will proofread your submissions free of charge.

After that we have the Services page, which contains details of all of the other services we offer. Customers/clients/users can use our forms to enquire about PA hire and operation, pub quizzes, recording services and tuition. We offer very competitive rates for all of these. If there’s something you’re after that isn’t listed on the page, ask us anyway! If we can’t do it ourselves, we guarantee to find you someone who can. We have heaps of contacts covering a wide range of musical services; some of these can be found on our Links page too.

The Gallery features photos from all of our featured acts, as well as gigs we’ve organised… the Videos page is much the same but we’ll occasionally post videos we like from other bands and artists. You can also follow us on YouTube at youtube.com/sessionsnewcastle or by clicking the YouTube icon in the bottom right of the screen.

Then comes the Links page, which features links to friends’ websites, and finally the Contact Us page, where you can send us an email via the site. Alternatively you can email us at info@sessionsnewcastle.com

Thats pretty much it… so happy browsing! If you’d like to see what we’re about in the flesh, come to The Block & Tackle in Ashington on a Wednesday night for open mic, or Mr. Lynch on a Monday for our awesome pub quiz!

TTFN

Rob