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Re: Please, SOTW, do me a favour (re. Lenny Henry)

PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 8:06 am
by Adam Blake
Nice that he can afford to do "Later" (Errol certainly couldn't).
Nice that he gets invited.
Nice that he finally mentions Errol.
Nice.

I wouldn't cross the street to piss on him.
Not nice.
Sorry.

(By the way, every artist you see on "Later" has had to pay for the use of the lights, PA and monitors and engineers and techies time. Cost in the region of £8,000. When I did it with Natacha Atlas in 1999 it was free.)

Re: Please, SOTW, do me a favour (re. Lenny Henry)

PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 9:25 am
by will vine
Adam Blake wrote:(By the way, every artist you see on "Later" has had to pay for the use of the lights, PA and monitors and engineers and techies time. Cost in the region of £8,000. When I did it with Natacha Atlas in 1999 it was free.)


Paid-for advertising on the BBC? Surely not?

Re: Please, SOTW, do me a favour (re. Lenny Henry)

PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 9:34 am
by David Flower
bit of an exaggeration ? You have to pay for your backline and they use John Henrys which is the most expensive in London in my experience. £8000 would be a huge amount of backline though. Usually around £1K for groups we've had on. But it is pay to play. You don't get paid at all unlike say a BBC radio session where you usually get union rates at least, £50-70 p.p range.

Nice of you not to piss on Sir Lenny!

Re: Please, SOTW, do me a favour (re. Lenny Henry)

PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 12:56 pm
by Adam Blake
David Flower wrote:bit of an exaggeration ?



My information comes from a manager friend of mine who has had to foot the bill for a couple of his acts. It's not just backline. You have to pay for lights, PA and monitors as well.

Re: Please, SOTW, do me a favour (re. Lenny Henry)

PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 1:19 pm
by will vine
Sorry to be so dim. What is the backline?

Re: Please, SOTW, do me a favour (re. Lenny Henry)

PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 1:34 pm
by Adam Blake
will vine wrote:Sorry to be so dim. What is the backline?


Not dim at all. Why should you know? Backline is shorthand for the amplifiers used by performers that are actually onstage with them - usually in a line at the back of the stage.

Re: Please, SOTW, do me a favour (re. Lenny Henry)

PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 2:49 pm
by Adam Blake
Just asked my manager mate. Here's his reply:

It is a few years since I had someone on and the headline number which was in the low five figures included flights, hotels, sidemen and crew. So can't give you chapter and verse though the BBC charged for everything they possibly could on the day and for the mandatory rehearsals the day before.