The ‘Cost of Gigging’ crisis – our tips for getting out
These are the tips the campaign ambassadors came up with:
Go to free and cheap spaces
— places like parks or beaches. Have a picnic with friends.
Go small; there are loads of things you can do:
- Discover small new bands.
- Try a tribute band.
- Go to a local pub with events such as open mic night, karaoke, or a pub quiz – read the local paper to see what’s on or look at posters outside local pubs.
Blag free tickets
A way you can do this is to ask if you can write a review or maybe do some work for a ticket (you could offer to do some flyering).
See if they have a disability discount
They may give a discount or have free tickets for personal assistants.
Look out for offers
Keep your eyes out and become a Coupon king, queen or regent – join newsletters, follow local bands, and join a Facebook group for your local area.
You don’t need to spend £6 on a pint of beer. Drink less, pre-drink or you could even have a lime and soda.
Get a railcard to help make travel cheaper, and see if there are other local offers for disabled people.
Why does it matter?
Getting out is good for our health
Remember, getting out and spending time with friends and other people is good for our mental health.
So it’s important not to let the ‘cost-of-living crisis’ make us poorer, not just in our pockets but also in our health.
Supporting our local community
It’s also important we continue to support our local community and economy when possible! By going out, we’re also supporting small venues and musicians who are also struggling. It helps everyone in a small way.