1.3 FINDING NEW BOOKING AND PROMO CONTACTS

To be able to book a band or bands successfully all you really need is persistence and organization. Whether you are booking locally, regionally or nationally you will essentially need the same skills and tools to be effective. The first place to start is by collecting contact information for locations that hire music performers. You need as many of these locations as possible to increase your success potential and you also need as much information (phone number, styles of music, capacity, contact name etc.) about the location that you can get your hands on. 

Your peers and heroes are really the best place to find live music venues appropriate for your band. Ask your friends that are in bands or go out to meet bands that share similarities with your own. When asked, most will gladly share with you when the best time to reach the buyer is or how exactly to pitch your act in order to get gig. But they are always interested in telling people all of the venues they have played; don’t be afraid to whip out a pen and piece of paper. The more names and numbers you can get your hands on the more possible gigs you can lock down.

Printed music industry directories are an incredible resource. These directories tend to list everything from venues to record companies to managers and back again, so it is easy to get overwhelmed. Make sure you pick the one that is right for you and going to help you accomplish your goals.

Here are some usefull venues in London to contact. 

Take a look at the Galaris Music Directory or The Indie Contact Bible within the US (More countries to follow)

The Borderline: Orange Yard, Off Manette Street, London, W1D 4JB

Tel: 020 7734 5547

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The Water Rats: 328 Grays Inn Road, London, WC1X 8BZ

Tel: 020 7209 8747

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Underbelly: 11 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU

Tel: 020 7613 1988

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The Lexington: 96-98 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9LB

Tel: 020 7837 5371

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Nambucca: 596 Holloway Road, London, N7 6LB

Tel: 020 7272 7366

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Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen: 2 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU

Tel: 020 7613 0709

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The Dublin Castle: 94 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7AN

Tel: 020 7485 1773

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Cargo: 83 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3AY

Tel: 020 7749 7841

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AAA: 11-13 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5NP

Tel: 020 7938 4137

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Rattlesnake of Angel: 56 Upper Street, London, N1 0NY

Tel: 020 7354 0471

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The Shacklewell Arms: 71 Shacklewell Lane, London, E8 2EB

Tel: 020 7249 0810

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The 100 Club: 100 Oxford Street, London W1D 1LL

Tel: 020 7636 0933

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The Boston Music Rooms: 178 Junction Road, London, N19 5QQ

Tel: 020 7272 8153

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The Workshop: 243 Old Street, London, EC1V 9EY

Tel: 020 7253 6787

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The Buffalo Bar: 259 Upper Street, London, N1 1RU

Tel: 020 7359 6191

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The Bull & Gate: 389 Kentish Town Road, London, NW5 2TJ

Tel: 020 7704 0187

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229 The Venue: 229 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PN

Tel: 020 7631 8379

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The Social: 5 Little Portland St, London, W1W 7JD

Tel: 020 7636 4992

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The Hope: 11-12 Queens Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 3WA

Tel: 01273 325793

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Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar: 9-12 Middle Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AL

Tel: 01273 749465

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The Relentless Garage: 20-22 Highbury Corner, London, N5 1RD

Tel: 020 7619 6720

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The Sebright Arms: 31-35 Coate Street, London, E2 9AG

Tel: 020 7729 0937

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The Haunt: 10 Pool Valley, Brighton, BN1 1NJ

Tel: 01273 736618

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The Macbeth: 70 Hoxton St, London, N1 6LP

Tel: 020 7749 0600

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The Shoreditch: 145 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JE

Tel: 020 7033 0085

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Green Door Store: Trafalgar Arches, Lower Goods Yard, Brighton, BN1 4FQ

Tel: 07894 267053

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The Louisiana: Wapping Road, Bathurst Terrace, Bristol, BS1 6UA

Tel: 011 7926 5978

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