We recently carried out a survey with many of our entertainers, to find out just what they found most annoying when out gigging . We had some interesting answers and the top annoying thing wasn't what we actually thought it would be. We thought it would be those drunk people wanting to talk to you or help at the end of the night, but it wasn't. Those drunk people almost won, but what was number one didn't actually surprise us. I'm sure you have all had to experience this at one time or another!
10. LONG DISTANCE GIGS
Ok it seems the most obvious thing and we were surprised about this as travelling tends to go hand in hand with gigging. Personally we love road trips, with late night service station junk food stop offs. But some of you Entertainers just don't like the journey to or from a gig. The response we had showed how there are man entertainers out there who love it when a local booking comes up so you can leave home later and get to bed earlier!
9. KIDS WHO RUN AROUND IN CIRCLES
Yes this is a good one and the vote we had for this one came mostly from singers and bands, obviously not childrens Entertainers as that wouldn't be right! But there are those times when bands have wanted to have a full dance floor, but the adults seem put off by the kids doing knee skids on the dance floor. Also for solo singers who stand there and sing a love song beautifully for couples to dance to, but instead they are put off by the children who actually run around the singer in circles! We have a way of dealing with this, so e-mail us!
8. SOMEONE WHO THINKS THEY ARE AS GOOD AS YOU AND ASK TO SING
This one, thankfully we haven't seen recently but seems to still go on. Someone in the audience has a family member with them who is great at Karaoke or has won a few holiday park competitions. With respect, normally it is a girl who is tipsy and thinks she should be in your band or part of your new duo! The request from her or her mum to sing, will happen after a good balad has been done. Always seems she won the Karaoke Competition down the road, with the song just sung. We agree this is a difficult decision you Entertainers are faced with. Do you or don't you let them sing? It seems most of you are brave and say no, but what if she is part of the management of the club you are at? Even worse, the club stewards daughter, What do you say then? After all she is great at "Black Velvet"
7. NO WHERE TO GET CHANGED
You would think Entertainers would be used to this by now, but still it came in at number seven. Again it seems most venues still don't have any changing facilities for you Entertainers. In all honesty, we imagine this has been the case for years and years and you are not top of the venues priorities. Any extra budget goes on the new state of the art, electronic bingo number generator. Don't expect to see a cosy room with lights round a mirror, in all venues any time soon! Just grin and bare it, ask where the cupboard or the toilets are or better still, go out and get changed in the back of the van! In fairness, we were informed that there are venues out there with a nice room for Entertainers with a mirror, cosy chairs, tables and even a fridge. These are always a nice surprise!
6. YOU CAN HEAR TALKING ALL THE WAY THROUGH YOUR PERFORMANCE
One of the rudest things there probably is from the public in a venue. They have asked you to come and perform, paid their membership or one off entry fee to see you; yet still they talk. We have experienced this and yes it is very rude, Afterall they have before and after to talk, what with the fact many venues like to have two breaks between your sets. What is the matter with these people? There is nothing worse than you performing and you can hear people talking. All getting louder and louder as they try to hear over each other and your music! This can be just awful if you are singing a nice slow love song to really show your voice, and you can hear it. Some Entertainers informed us it can throw them off what they are singing! We agree, this is a big annoyance!
5. VENUE HAS A DIFFERENT FEE TO WHAT AGENT QUOTED
The end of the night comes and it seems you Entertainers find out mixed messages have happened between the venue and your agent. You say "Thank you" to the venue management and they say "Thank you, you were brilliant and it's £x amount isn't it?" You then know full well that's different to what you were expecting. You then have to go back through your bags or cases, to show them the contract (always advisable to take it with you) or you scroll through your e-mails on your mobile phone to prove to the manager. In most cases they will appologise and give you the extra fee, but it's still embarrassing all the same. Sadly some Entertainers told us they have to collect the remainder of the fee on a later date via the agent as the only person left at the end of the night, was a barman who couldn't get hold of the venue manager to check! This is why at Ents Capital UK, we allow Entertainers and Venues to talk to each other direct to check everything!
4. PERFORMING FOR LESS THAN TEN PEOPLE
We found that this one seemed to reflect Social clubs and Working mens clubs more. We are surprised this one came so high as we would have thought we would all be used to it by now. Sadly many venues do try their best to get their existing members out and get new members, but struggle. Back in the day, Social clubs and Working mens clubs used to be the place to be on a Friday or Saturday but again sadly not so much now. The worrying thing is, the people of today have so many other things they can do and the classic Social club generation is fading away. The sprirt of supporting a community venue is no longer around as it was, and sadly many of these places are closing down. So I guess travelling 100s of miles for a handful of people would be annoying, but don't take it personally. Thankfully there are many clubs still doning well, with people taking their younger family members to become the next generation who watch you Entertainers!
3. PEOPLE WHO AS YOU TO TURN THE MUSIC DOWN OR LIGHTS OFF
Yes this one was up there and it responses came from Discos, Singers, Bands and many more. Those people who don't like your noise and you can see them doing the thing by putting their hands above their eyes. Your show lights are definately glaring them more than the sun they have recently had in Benidorm! After a few songs the Steward will come up, or a family member and say those words. "If possible could you turn it down a bit?" Or so say, "That light you have is shining right on our table and my friend gets migranes!" But definately your music is too loud and when you ask who has requested it, you know full well what tabe! The one nearest your speakers and stage as this is where they have sat in the first place. Looking around there are many other empty tables further away, so who's fault is that?
2, DRUNKEN HELPERS & SINGING
Here they are, just missing out at number two. They come up to you at the end of the night and hover! Yes they mean well and they give you more compliments than anyone else has all night wanting conversation, but in all honesty you just need to start packing your stuff down and leave. . Many of you Entertainers said the same, how you can see them staggering around but they want to help you and carry your stuff out for you. They feel they are part of your crew and they always used to "Gig" themselves or run another club somewhere. When you have finally got rid of them or their friends have, why is it people always sing at the end of the night. As if you haven't heard enough sound all night, people seem to sing and the sound is just drunk and awful. Songs like "You'll Never Walk Alone" or "My Way" or something like that. We agree and think about it all the time........................... just why do people feel the need to sing at the end of the night?
So this is the number one annoyance. Those wonderful things that we use every single day at some point. Even in your own home. The fantastic invention that is stairs. What is wrong with stairs? Everything when you have a full rig of kit to carry up them and no one has informed you the venue even has them. Entertainers told us that they will always try to find out if there is stairs, however there are those times whe a venue has two rooms and they have decided to move the event upstairs, due to numbers or a referb! In some cases the agent hadn't informed anyone of this change and Entertainers have been caught by surprise upon arrival. We we also learned that the scariest kind of stairs you find are those metal grey ones that always seem to be wet when you have to use them. We featured this in a previous blog. But stairs seem to be the biggest fear of you Entertainers. Stairs can add anything up to half an hour on your set up, meaning you had to set off earlier on your journey. Even worse when you had no idea they were there and you have got to start at a certain time. Stairs in the summer seemed to come up a few times too and yes we can see the issue with that. Again at Ents Capital UK we allow you to talk to venues directly which will help you solve any stairs problem !
So stairs win it, and are officially the most annoying things to you entertainers! Please feel free to comment below if you have anything that didn't make the top ten!
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