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chickonmytip
02-09-2010, 09:41 PM
How much does it cost to book the lesser known artists at coachella?

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
02-09-2010, 09:47 PM
This is a really broad question. What do you consider "lesser known?"

chickonmytip
02-09-2010, 10:01 PM
Artists billed within the last three lines for each day maybe...

esy191
02-09-2010, 11:03 PM
Anywhere from $1000-$15,000 more or less.

It really depends on the amount of hype surrounding the artist, availability, travel costs, live requirements (i.e. Live band vs. DJ).

There also some anomalies when it comes to booking costs for bands.

Some bands that should cost very little cost a shit load.

Some bands that should cost a good amount cost close to nothing.

Example: In 2008, the same year that Dan Deacon played Coachella to a packed Gobi tent, he played in my friend's backyard in Encino for free. And it's not like my friend had some sweet hook up or industry connection. He was an 18 year old kid who myspace messaged him asking if he wanted to play a small show for no money in LA. Deacon happened to be coming to LA anyway and was looking for a place to play.

Some artists like that kind of thing (ie. low-key DIY house party shows).

Other artists are prima donnas and refuse to play a show unless all the requirement of their rider are meticulously fulfilled and they are not payed a cent below their standard asking price (which is usually too high to begin with).

So yeah, you never can tell. Best bet is to myspace message the band asking how much they usually charge for a show. A few might respond directly and others will probably tell you to contact their booking agent.

Booking agents are usually pretty coy about giving you a straight price range. Most times they have a price in mind and wanna haggle things up, so giving you a number up front limits them. But if you give them the circumstances of your show (location, venue, estimated attendance, etc.), they should give you a vague price range.

Hope that helps.

donkey sex
02-09-2010, 11:22 PM
five dollah footlongs

lizng
02-10-2010, 06:00 AM
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superfiction
02-10-2010, 06:29 AM
your first born

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
02-10-2010, 10:27 AM
the thing is, some of these lower tier acts that you consider "lesser known" can still pack 1,000+ person venues at $30+/ticket night after night on a tour

DRcube
02-10-2010, 10:37 AM
i remember reading an article a couple of years ago that said some lower tier acts get paid a couple hundred bucks and some get paid in 3 day passes

myelectrolife
02-10-2010, 10:38 AM
i dont know about the lesser known, but GV spent 4.8 Million on Prince in 08' :eek:

JustSteve
02-10-2010, 10:40 AM
i remember reading an article a couple of years ago that said some lower tier acts get paid a couple hundred bucks and some get paid in 3 day passes

...and the exposure a festival like this can provide.

DRcube
02-10-2010, 10:45 AM
well that goes without saying

higgybaby23
02-10-2010, 10:50 AM
http://prettypolly.com/artist-availability.php

lizng
02-10-2010, 10:57 AM
http://prettypolly.com/artist-availability.php

150k for 3 Doors Down... wow.

nbvcide
02-10-2010, 06:34 PM
i can think of one headliner they got for very little in exchange for the headlining spot on the poster, and the publicity that goes along with that..

malcolmjamalawesome
02-10-2010, 06:49 PM
i can think of one headliner they got for very little in exchange for the headlining spot on the poster, and the publicity that goes along with that..

based on what

Bud Luster
02-10-2010, 07:00 PM
i dont know about the lesser known, but GV spent 4.8 Million on Prince in 08' :eek:

where did you come up with this figure?

FoxeyLady
02-10-2010, 07:01 PM
I'm sure a lot of the little bands play for free or close to nothing, for the exposure alone.

Gribbz
02-10-2010, 07:17 PM
I remember JustSteve saying the the majority of the lower tier acts play for free.

mountmccabe
02-10-2010, 08:32 PM
your first born

That's a lotta first borns. Makes it even more impressive how many bands're on the lineup each year.

Hannahrain
02-10-2010, 08:45 PM
http://prettypolly.com/artist-availability.php

...

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2730/4347380133_31a1a14c86_o.png

rage patton
02-10-2010, 09:29 PM
I remember JustSteve saying the the majority of the lower tier acts play for free.

I don't think he said for free, but close to it. I think JustSteve said some random band in 2006 is the lowest paid Coachella artists ever. $100 bucks or something like that. Im pretty sure he also said Q and Not U are the second lowest paid Coachella act, at like, $150 + gas for their Van or something. Might as well be free.

EDIT: Bob Marley only 15K? Shit... I'm gonna get right on that.

CellarOwl
02-11-2010, 07:43 AM
I won't lie, I flipped through that entire list just to see how much it would cost for Vanilla Ice to play my birthday party.

brfilora
02-11-2010, 07:54 AM
where did you come up with this figure?

The only source that reported that amount was Perez Hilton. LOL.


Taylor Swift: BIG $$$

haha

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
02-11-2010, 10:18 AM
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http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2730/4347380133_31a1a14c86_o.png

holy shit I want to book Bobcat Goldthwait to just come and hang out with me for a day

Changoloco
02-11-2010, 10:32 AM
http://www.wrongfulconvictionlawsuitdefense.com/uploads/image/dr_evil_one_million_dollars.jpg

M Sparks
02-11-2010, 10:51 AM
...

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2730/4347380133_31a1a14c86_o.png

He's a comic. (http://www.bmarley.com/presskit.php)

Courtney
02-11-2010, 11:12 AM
Oh, sorry, I was too busy fantasizing about Bob Mould playing my College Of Courtney Is Awesome house party to notice dead reggae singers.

Kropladop
02-11-2010, 03:17 PM
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http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2730/4347380133_31a1a14c86_o.png

lol this is when i stopped looking at the website

trentmorrison
02-11-2010, 04:13 PM
Anywhere from $1000-$15,000 more or less.

It really depends on the amount of hype surrounding the artist, availability, travel costs, live requirements (i.e. Live band vs. DJ).

There also some anomalies when it comes to booking costs for bands.

Some bands that should cost very little cost a shit load.

Some bands that should cost a good amount cost close to nothing.

Example: In 2008, the same year that Dan Deacon played Coachella to a packed Gobi tent, he played in my friend's backyard in Encino for free. And it's not like my friend had some sweet hook up or industry connection. He was an 18 year old kid who myspace messaged him asking if he wanted to play a small show for no money in LA. Deacon happened to be coming to LA anyway and was looking for a place to play.

Some artists like that kind of thing (ie. low-key DIY house party shows).

Other artists are prima donnas and refuse to play a show unless all the requirement of their rider are meticulously fulfilled and they are not payed a cent below their standard asking price (which is usually too high to begin with).

So yeah, you never can tell. Best bet is to myspace message the band asking how much they usually charge for a show. A few might respond directly and others will probably tell you to contact their booking agent.

Booking agents are usually pretty coy about giving you a straight price range. Most times they have a price in mind and wanna haggle things up, so giving you a number up front limits them. But if you give them the circumstances of your show (location, venue, estimated attendance, etc.), they should give you a vague price range.

Hope that helps.

i'd pay dan NOT to play at my house

tmac
02-12-2010, 01:10 AM
who do you think cost the most this year?

KickerConspiracy
02-12-2010, 10:58 AM
who do you think cost the most this year?

Jay-Z I'd guess. He's not in the Coachella demographic and only boostrapped on to sell tickets.

Media Blitz
02-12-2010, 11:12 AM
Does Jay Z get out of bed for less than $100,000?

brfilora
02-12-2010, 11:16 AM
Does Jay Z get out of bed for less than $100,000?

You never know, he did a small "American Gangster" tour where he played really small venues in 2007. He played the House of Blues here in Chicago which probably doesn't hold much more than 2,000 poeple.