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Here's the first of the GRAPHS i threatened yesterday, it shows the average day of the week upon which I have GIGGED in every year since 1998, when full records were available. Sunday is counted as Day 1, up to Saturday as Day 7.



As you can see, in 1998 I was generally playing gigs on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, moving up to Thursdays in 2004 and then, this year, to generally playing on a Friday. Obviously this year's data contains a lot of gigs that haven't happened yet, but I left it in because it looked good.

What inferences, then, can we draw from this information? Mainly I think we can say that I am obviously playing more gigs that one might quantify as "Good". As anyone in BANDS and that will tell you, Sunday and Mondays are the quiet nights for gigs, and so tend to be Local Band Showcases, or run by promoters who don't mind if not many people turn up. Fridays and Saturdays are the nights that people DO tend to go out, so these tend to be the more sought after times to play.

It's the same as the difference between first and second support and then headlining - it doesn't always make a difference to anything, and sometimes going on earlier/playing on a Sunday night can be a really GOOD thing, but as a general rule of thumb playing later in the week is BETTER.

Of course, this all goes out the window when you're TOURING regularly, but I'm not! So hey hey - look at my graph! It goes UP!

posted 1/2/2006 by MJ Hibbett

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