gtrfrk123
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#1
I'm starting a band. We should be playing very very soon. I was wondering if you have to be a certain age to play gigs. If so what is it.
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MoBscene
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#2
probley not , but if there was it would be 16, or 21
16 being able to drive
21 being able to drink
young_is_god
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#3
check with the venues, some might be funny wi having under 18's play
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#4
Well, first of all, it just depends on where you want to gig. For example, a bar might maintain their policy of not allowing anyone under the age of 21 in, which would make you exempt from playing a gig there. But you just have to ask and see. I think you need to worry about playing together and making sure you guys can do it first though. I've been in bands that just don't work well together and I've been in fantastic bands, like the one I'm in now. You just never know how things are going to work before you guys actually work together. All the same I wish you guys the best of luck!
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JoHNNERz
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#5
Some bars will let minors play gigs, so long as the underage players get their hands "exed". That said, I've only been to like three places that do this, so don't count on anything.
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GuitarGod610
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#6
Where I live, it's almost like you can't even really be a successful local band without being 21+ because no one will let you in if you're not (even if you're just a performer)

It's really been pissing me off because it makes it really ****ing hard to find gigs for my band that aren't at stupid teen centers where the audience is just a bunch of 14-year-olds that don't know jack about good music.
Dan Steinman
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#7
why can you only find live music in bars/clubs/restaurants? god forbid someone would want to listen to music without being drunk, or that teens would like to hear something besides MTV ****...
gtrfrk123
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#8
Quote by GuitarGod610
Where I live, it's almost like you can't even really be a successful local band without being 21+ because no one will let you in if you're not (even if you're just a performer)

It's really been pissing me off because it makes it really ****ing hard to find gigs for my band that aren't at stupid teen centers where the audience is just a bunch of 14-year-olds that don't know jack about good music.



That isn't a good sign for me, because I see you live in Wisconsin as well.
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Dutch_Apples
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#9
GuitarGod610,

You just described my area pretty much. My band is 18-21 year olds and I'm not waiting for them all to turn 21. That's why I'm trying to have 2 bands going at once. Honestly, at the end of this month we have a gig at a bar we are being (sneaked into.) the next day, a gig at a university, and then a few days after that... a gig at a former Scuba diving place that will most likely be filled with 12-17 year old Emo kids. How's that for Variety?
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#11
What do you mean by "tour," being a bunch of 13/14-year-olds?
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#14
hes in an alternative band.....check his pv......thats not the most skilled genre.....but i think that the age you start gigging doesnt matter much xcept for venues and such......although i do think that you should have a real good grasp on the instrument....and gigging aint easy either.....its scary as hell...any ways have fun!!!lol
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#15
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who drives you around then?? your mum?
quinny1089
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#16
im 16 now, im in a band with another 2 16 yr olds and 2 17 yr olds and we play in 18+ plus places, i played in em when i was 15.

If you have any website with the word 'young band' or your ages or anything take em out, and then dont apprach venues with 'we are a young band' and if they dont ask your ages then thats their problem, its unlikely that they will stop you playing the night of the gig...

thats what my band does...some venues wont even care as long as you put on a show and bring in people....
the only problem is if you have fans under 18 (or 21)...they wont be able to get in
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#18
there may be bro, maybe at like night clubs or something but other than that if there really is no age limit, their gonna go on your band's abilities, or how well you guys play songs
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#19
its 16 in england usually, but i think most places are a bit generous, and would let you play if only 1 or 2 of the members on the band were 16+.
life_247
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#22
18 in the uk to get into all the clubs, and a lot allow under 18's in anyways. (my local rock club does)

There are also places run for those under 18 - yeh its tough but try and find actual music clubs rather than pubs.

Uk drinking age is a sensible 18 btw. None of this daft 21ness
evansut7
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#23
its not so much your age thats going to discourage these places from letting you play, its the age of the people that are going to want to see you play. if none of your friends can get in, who is going to go watch you and then go and buy drinks or spend money at the place you are playing? you have to be marketable if you are going to get paid to play and its kind of hard when your young. practice every day, write some good songs, and good things will eventually come.
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#24
find where you can get into
if you can't get into a club, play in the parkinglot
if you can't get into the bar, play in a warehouse and spread the word yourself

you want this abd enough, you'll figure something out
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#25
Obviously I don't know about the US, but in the UK if a place is registered as a 'live music venue' they're allowed to let you in if you're aged 14+
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IbanezPlayer27
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#26
GuitarGod where in wisconsin do u live?
Underage kids can play in the bars here but usually none are good so noone in the bars wants to see them live. lol. I haven't got a band together yet but almost there.
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#27
Around where I live, most bars will let you play if you're under 18 (Canada, so you can drink at 18) as long as you stay backstage and don't go onto the floor and drink.
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#28
I think you can probably play anywhere you want to as long as you bring business. The owner will NOT turn you down if you bring like 50 people wanting food,etc.