Tuesday, 27 April 2010

A long time in showbiz

It's been a really quiet time for us in the office over the last month or so, hence why I haven't blogged much.  There are 2 things that dictate how busy we are: what is going on in the arena, and what we are planning.
On the first point, March is often one of our fullest months, and this year was no exception.  Why?  It just is.  The same as April is one of our quietest months.  There are just less shows around.  In May we are in action almost everyday, although to the outside world you wouldn't know, as this in the main is work for corporate clients, rather than "shows".  More about this in my next post.
So to the second point, the forward planning.  As I just mentioned, the diary has peaks and troughs.  The biggest peak is November and December, where we see the highest concentration of headline shows.  We start looking at dates for these shows over a year in advance, and a things stand right now, there are only a handful of days across those 2 months that don't have something planned.  However, right now we're not actually moving many of them further forward.  That's because 8 months is a very long time in showbusiness.  Before going out on the road,  Comedians will want to see how well they're received on Mock The Week.  Bands will want to see how their records sell before going out on the road.  Or how well they go down at Glastonbury.
Last years Christmas Coup, Them Crooked Vultures, didn't get arranged until the end of August.  The planning lull will last another month before the winter season starts firming up. 
There's already some really special stuff in the diary which will be awesome for Plymouth this year, but with a bit of luck, I'll get some phone calls is August again too.