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Tribute acts - how long do they play for?

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Posted By : dynamo | Comments : 21

1 album acts

my wife is talking about doing a tribute act to an artist who only has 1 album out... what is the standard time clubs/pubs would expect her to do?


# Posted by The Wes Paul Band - 11/03/2011, 11:40 (GMT)

Surely two forty five minute sets is the minimum like most places? Or three 30 minute sets (which adds up to the same amount of time anyway). The only exception to this might be if there was more than one act on in a night, or certain gigs might only want an act to play for one hour but these are harder to come by.

# Posted by VANKWISH - 11/03/2011, 11:41 (GMT)

C'mon, this is a wind up aint it!!!!

# Posted by John Wilkinson: - 11/03/2011, 11:46 (GMT)

Out of curiousity.....

What artist is she planning to cover?

Best wishes


# Posted by dynamo - 11/03/2011, 11:48 (GMT)

far from it... is it a very different market to your normal covers act?which is what I've dealt with before. I'm talking acts for example lady gaga or jls only have one/two albums out but there are tribute acts to them etc.

# Posted by Synthy Mike - 11/03/2011, 12:08 (GMT)

Maybe pad it out with songs by acts in a similar genre till there's more material to go from?

# Posted by James - Metalleeka + AC/DCe - 11/03/2011, 12:26 (GMT)

check out the act's own live show.... i daresay despite one album's worth of material there will be a full two hour show.. probably padded with covers etc... so emulate this??

# Posted by Steve Blease - 11/03/2011, 12:28 (GMT)

Can you even get away with just 90mins these days?

# Posted by VANKWISH - 11/03/2011, 12:33 (GMT)

oh right, then I'll give you the benefit of my knowledge.

normaly 2 X 45 min spots, then have at least another 15 mins in reserve.

I saw a nirvana tribute acts ages ago, they sold themselves out at a 1 hour 30 min set + encores. and must say they where pretty shit hot. they had loads of cd's to cover the rest of the night, sort of a rock disco.

not sure how many bookings you would get with JLS though!!!!

# Posted by Elektrospective - 11/03/2011, 12:37 (GMT)

If youre 'part' of the night rather than 'the' night you can easily do just an hour at most corporate and Wedding events - anything else is overkill. However, if you are the reason people are in the crowd then youll need at least x2 45 minute sets.

If your artiste doesnt have a great back catalogue you can add in similar songs and no one will complain. The likes of Angie Brown (one of the best live acts ive seen)(from Bizarre Inc's 'Im gonna get you baby') made a good career of combining her own stuff and covers.

If youre doing a proper tribute - appearance is everything - stage set up / costumes / mannerisms / quality PA. Combine all those and an hours worth of material and youre good to go.

# Posted by dynamo - 11/03/2011, 12:50 (GMT)

cheers slipstream thats what I thought regarding around 60 mins.

btw i wasnt actually meaning JLS or gaga was using as an example! :)

# Posted by Elektrospective - 11/03/2011, 12:53 (GMT)

The other thing id say is beware of the longevity of your act - if theyve only done 1 album and from tomorrow flopped or stopped and disappeared youll find it harder and harder to get gigs.
You could try combining 2 acts? more catalogue to choose from then too?

# Posted by John Wilkinson: - 11/03/2011, 12:56 (GMT)

"is it a very different market to your normal covers act?which is what I've dealt with before."

IMHO: The tribute band market is very different from the covers market.

Successful tribute solo singers or bands usually play in theaters or dedicated music venues, with the occasional pub thrown in. They usually pay for door splits or a higher fixed fee which means they will carry their own show around which contains lights and P.A.

If you look at the successfull tributes such as Limehouse Lizzy, T-Rextacy etc you will see the amount to hours they put into getting the songs EXACTLY as they are on either record or live versions. "That's near enough lads" is not an option ;-)

If you are thinking of just getting two "tops" a powered mixer and singing to fully recorded backing tracks (i.e. none of the music played live) then the clubs may well be the way to go, however Lady Gaga in a social club, may not be their cup of tea.

There is the "Hard Rock Cafe / Walkabout" route for solo tributes but this will be cornered by an agency (Pellers for example) so you would have to audition for them should you wish to take this route.

Hope this has been a help

Best wishes


# Posted by Havoc 51 - 11/03/2011, 13:00 (GMT)

The exception of course is the Gun's & Roses tribute, where to be completely authentic you show up 3hours late, play half a song & kick off with someone right in front of you, have a major diva stop & bugger off.

# Posted by The Wes Paul Band - 11/03/2011, 13:02 (GMT)

Just out of interest, who is the act in question?

# Posted by Viva la Coldplay - 11/03/2011, 13:18 (GMT)

My money's on Adele!



# Posted by John Wilkinson: - 11/03/2011, 13:57 (GMT)


Latest betting: (sponsored by Paddy Power, bet in play)

2-1 Lady Gaga
5-2 Adele
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20-1 Pepsi (without Shirley)
50-1 Anita Dobson
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best wishes


# Posted by The Wes Paul Band - 11/03/2011, 14:52 (GMT)

10-1 Leona Lewis

# Posted by Roj (Black Rose) - 11/03/2011, 15:26 (GMT)

Nina simone?

# Posted by Glyn H - 11/03/2011, 16:39 (GMT)

i fancy a crack at Chesney hawkes tribute..
2 x 3.5 min set....
i am the one and only
i am the one and only (acoustic)

# Posted by chopperhontas - 11/03/2011, 16:55 (GMT)

@Glyn, you just fancy a crack at Chesney Hawkes!!

You're forgetting the classic 'I am a man, not a boy'. Keep that in reserve for the encoure!!!

# Posted by Graham - Mustard - 12/03/2011, 08:37 (GMT)

Gotta be Beady Eye!!

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