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6 things you may not have known about booking a band for a festival

“It’s not like going into a supermarket and picking something off a shelf”.

EVER WONDERED WHAT it’s like trying to pull a music festival together…? Us too.

We spoke to Declan Forde, head booker for Forbidden Fruit to discuss what goes into picking bands for the festival.

1. The work starts early. Real early

Forde says work on the festival starts “usually as soon as the previous one finishes”.

No rest for the wicked, eh?

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2. All festival bookers have a wish list

Dream big, or prepare to fail. Every organiser has a roster of dream bands they want to play at their events.


3. They rarely get all of their wishes

Forde said that “no festival booker will ever see his ultimate wish list realised”, but that they try their damnedest.


4. That list of musician fees that went around the internet a while back? It’s probably rubbish

That’s ‘not the way it works’, and the list looked like a lot of rubbish to Forde.

Or dreams of having Coolio play our birthday, dashed.

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5. Money can be a big factor in a band saying no

“If the fees offered are very low and they have a large number of people touring for example, they might not be bothered”.


6. There are 101 factors that come into play when booking a band

All things have to be taken into consideration. Things like the time of year, the location, are they even touring?

“It’s not like going into a supermarket and picking something off a shelf”.



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