INFORMATION FOR BANDS & ARTISTS LOOKING TO BOOK SHOWS
Please note that many dates (particularly Friday & Saturday nights) are booked 2–3 months out.
Currently, we are booking mainly acts local to Austin ,TX (and touring bands who have a substantial draw in Austin). We very rarely book single slots for touring acts who have no draw in Austin.
Touring bands who are not well established in this area — please get in touch with Austin bands and have one of THEM pitch a show idea to us once you have made contact. Thank you.
Due to the very high volume of show requests, we aren’t able to respond to every email. If we are interested in booking your act, we’ll try to respond to you within a couple of weeks.
We have our focus at the Hole in the Wall, as all clubs do; and our focus is continually evolving. We love all styles of music and celebrate diversity in technique, background, and style.
If we don’t get back to you, don’t despair. As a club booked and operated by a staff composed largely of musicians, we have all been turned down and will be again. So please don’t take non-response personally, because it is not intended that way.
Please allow 2-3 weeks before checking back in with us after your initial contact. If you check in with us again after that and still do not hear back, it is most likely because we feel our club is not the best fit at this time for the music you’re making.
Austin bands and artists–come on by and hang out on your nights off. Come to see other bands play here. We totally love it when you do that.
With your booking request, please send the following:
- Recorded music;
- Facebook page;
- Video of live performance;
- A band or artist website, if you maintain one; and
- Possible dates or a range of dates when you want to play;
- Any history you have in Austin TX;
- A realistic estimate of your draw here.
Write Band/Artist name and desired dates in subject line please.
Keep in mind when contacting us for booking that we have two stages, one in the front room of the club and a larger one in the “middle” room. Most weekend shows are on the middle room stage, most other shows are in the front room. Our front room stage is smaller and may not be appropriate for bands with a lot of people, but full bands do play on this stage quite often. Both rooms sound great. See below for tech specs.
How your show goes and if you are asked back is largely dependent on your draw, so promotion is key. Do not expect a “built-in” or “walk-up” crowd for your show – some nights there may be one, but please take steps to ensure that you are letting everyone in your orbit and beyond know that you are playing a show here.
At the bottom of this page there are links to local print media, blogs and radio stations. Please use them. If you have an online flyer for your show, email that to us and we’ll put it on our website and share it on Hole in the Wall social media platforms. We love it when you print paper flyers and put them up in the bar. Out-of-town bands, you can mail these to us, and we’ll put them up.
Please do not play another show in Austin two weeks before or after your date here. Bands that are good about all the above have the best chance of being asked back.
Touring bands: Please send promo materials to us at:
Hole in the Wall (attn. Booking)
2538 Guadalupe Street
Austin, TX 78705
PAYMENT for NIGHT SHOWS
Except by prior arrangement, the artist payout system at Hole in the Wall is as follows:
For no-cover shows in the front room (Sun–Wed, generally), bands are paid a split of 10% of front room and middle room bar sales for the night, beginning at 9pm. There is also a tip jar available to use on no-cover nights.
For middle room shows (Thurs–Sat, generally), there is typically a cover charge. For these shows, bands are paid a split of 100% of the door charges after $90 production cost. (a note about production cost: we staff two door people for middle-room shows to collect cover charge from people who want to see the show, one at the front entrance and one at the patio entrance. We will have an audio engineer on staff for these shows. The $90 represents half of our cost for door and sound personnel for the night – we split the cost of show production with the bands down the middle).
Drinks: Each band receives two drink tickets per member of legal drinking age, good for Lone Star draft, Shiner draft, well drinks, Topo Chico, or soda.
The payout for your show will be calculated by the manager on duty, and cash put into an envelope, with the name of your act on it, by the end of the night. Please have someone in your band stick around to take this envelope. It will be held at the bar for one week after the date of your show, and can be picked up after 3pm, but we recommend taking your payout that night.
If you have read and understand all of the above and want to book a show with us, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PAYMENT for DAY SHOWS
Unless there’s a special occasion or event, the Hole in the Wall charges no over for any show beginning before 9pm. Daytime/Happy Hour performers or bands playing before 9pm usually play on our front stage and are paid as follows:
Sat–Thurs: $25 drink tab, plus whatever tips bands make on stage.
Friday: La Femme Fridays, 7–8pm: $25 drink tab, 10% of front bar sales from 7–8pm, plus whatever tips bands make on stage.
As with nighttime shows, bands who promote their performances tend to draw larger crowds, increase bar sales, and increase tips. Get on your soap-boxes or Snapchats or whatever!
PARKING/LOAD IN: Through the side gate from the parking lot behind Verts Kebap. Enter this lot from San Antonio street, on the west side of the venue. There is free parking for Hole in the Wall after 9pm in this lot. Before 9pm the neighboring business may have your vehicle towed if you leave it there unattended – but it’s always okay to load/unload from this parking lot.
There is also one temporary parking spot on the Guadalupe Street side of the club, in the driveway just to the south of the club’s front door. This spot is for loading and unloading only and is the most convenient load-in spot for front-room shows. Do not leave your vehicle in this spot during your show. Load-in is typically 1 hour before your set, but you are of course welcome to arrive earlier.
There is street parking in the neighborhood to the west of the club (free every day after 6pm, and all day on Sundays) and a few pay lots ($5-10) located nearby. One of these pay-lots is right next door, to the north of the club. Handicap parking is available on the street at the corner of Guadalupe and 25th, and also on the north side of the back parking lot, in the marked space nearest the back gate to the club.
Hole in the Wall has a sellable capacity of 250. Shows in the front room can accommodate up to 100 people. Our guest-list policy is one guest per band member, unless otherwise arranged in advance.
If your band has something more complex than a standard guitars/bass/drums/keys/vocals set-up, please email input lists and stage plots to email@example.com and we’ll see that our engineer gets them prior to your show.
Front Stage : Has an on-stage 8-channel PA with one monitor mix through two wedges. Mics are Shure Beta 58s. You should be able to run this simple PA yourself. If you are not comfortable running this PA head from the stage, please let us know well in advance of the day of your show.
Middle Stage: The PA is a stereo 4-way system with 2 EV 3-Way 18″ x10″ Mains and 4 Peavey 18″ subs. The console is a Behringer X32, with 4 monitor mixes on JBL 15″ wedges. We currently have the ability to run 22 inputs from the stage. All speakers are powered by QSC RMX 2450 Series power amps. Vocal mics are Shure SM58s. The system has been tuned using these mics and we prefer that they be used for vocals – if you need to use your own vocal mic, we strongly prefer that it be a Shure SM58. Drum mics are Audix D-Series and Shure Beta 52 kick mic. Bring your own DIs if you have a lot of direct input instruments. (We do have four DI boxes in-house) There will be an audio engineer on staff for all shows on this stage.
BACKLINE (Available for use on either stage – if possible please let us know in advance if you will be using the house drum kit on your show.)
Ampeg SVT-Pro head with Ampeg 8×10 cab (middle stage)
Peavey Mark III head with a Hartke Transporter 4×10 cab (front stage)
Fender Hot Rod DeVille combo
Fender Twin Reverb combo
Carvin head w/ Marshall 4×12 cab
DRUMS: Pearl Export Series 4 piece kit w/ cymbal stands & kick pedal
****We recommend drummers bring their own throne, cymbals, kick pedal and snare****
KEYS: Two standard “X” style Keyboard stands
Two fold-up DJ tables (these can be used for merch sales also)
Production contact info:
If you have any questions about anything not covered here, or if you have any special needs or requirements, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
PRINT MEDIA & LISTINGS
laurie gallardo <email@example.com>,
statesman calendar <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
xl listings <email@example.com>,
Texas Music Magazine <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Dan Hardick <email@example.com>,
“Peter Mongillo (CMG-Austin)” <Pmongillo@statesman.com>,
raoul hernandez <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Dan Hardick <email@example.com>,
Andy Langer <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Stewart Ramser <email@example.com>,
michael corcoran <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
TX Music Magazine <email@example.com>,
Lauren L’Amie <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Dan M <email@example.com>,
Sonic Vault Austin <SonicVaultAustin@gmail.com
LOCAL MUSIC BLOGS
Overload – firstname.lastname@example.org
Audio Muffin – email@example.com
Covert Curiosity – CovertCuriosity@gmail.com
101X-FM “Homegrown Radio” – firstname.lastname@example.org
KUTX-FM – email@example.com – specific program info and contacts at http://www.kutx.org