For some reason, that is totally beyond me, bands sometimes dip out of shows after their set.
Or they won’t stay for the entire show.
Just in case you were wondering, the promoters are the first to notice and the bands are the second to notice.
Here’s what this says to me (and many other promoters I’ve met) –
“I am too good for this show and do not need to stick around and watch the bands that watched me.”
I’m not talking about one member having to leave because they have an early work shift the next day. I’m talking about the entire band dipping out because they simply do not care. When you leave you are taking your fans with you. So now, one of the main purposes of you being there (bring new fans for the other bands) has just left because you left. You lead your fans. If you stay, they stay, usually anyway.
I had a show last night with a band called GFM out of Jacksonville. These girls are 18, 17, and 13 years old. The got to the venue before I even got there, they opened a show in a market they are not overly familiar with, and they stayed the entire night. Now of course their parents were with them but still. On top of this, they sold merchandise all night long. Beautiful set up as well.
So if underage women in a Christian based band can stick around the entire night, so can you. I thanked them for sticking around and was told that they too never understood why bands dip out so early.
It comes down to respect for the show and other acts. Trust me when I tell you people notice, and trust me when I tell you it looks very bad when you leave early.
*Note: None of the bands left early last night. They all stuck around. It was a great show.