if this is actually going to happen we should probably sit down and have a meeting soon and talk through the actual logistics.
I'm presuming the way forest is at the moment, there isn't exactly much money available to front for a project like this so that gives us a few options.
I guess the two main ways to do things would be either:
1. hire a van, do it as a proper ForRec tour with a few bands playing various dates around the UK. The splitter van we use for ForPub seats 9 and has LOADS of storage, can't remember the price of the top of my head but I could find out from Ryan. This would be the most fun way to do things, but require money upfront for hire/deposit/petrol. It's probably too late to look into funding now, though someone could try? We've always applied to the Scottish Arts Council way in advance to fund the books and this, but obviously that's not an option now. Other possibilities could be to get bands who want to do it put some kind of deposit in and then get the money back from the entrance fees to the gigs, though this requires a lot of faith that we will sell tickets to the gigs, and make the money back. Or possibly there is some budget for ForRec, though it probably won't be enough.
My other reservation about doing it like this is that I'm not sure if everyone involved would be necessarily starting/ending in Edinburgh and around for a whole tour? Given that Dirk is based in Berlin, Jack in Sweden and Faith in London at the moment, it might be the case that people join in different places and trying to do it as a coherent busload is impractical.
2. public transport and a lot looser a conception of a tour, different bands join in different places. Any entrance fee profit made is split between the artists to help cover their costs. This is a lot lower risk and could still be really fun, it would depend on whether the musicians were up for it though. However, it might also still end up dearer than hiring some vehicle.
Also, we should think about getting a local band friend of ours from the places we go to join the bill. Not only would it keep things interesting and varied, but it guarantees some local promotion above what we can muster and their friends will come at least. We could think of a some people once we decide where to go, lots of actual forest records people are in these places, which would be nice.
Obviously I would love Fueldiva to play a gig or two if there is an opening and the boys are up for it.
When the fuck are we buying the bus anway?
Oh! Also, Hailey Beavis is a great person to ask on tour.
thoughts thoughts etc.
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