As Rachel says, it depends what style of music. My first advice would be to get hold of
Dave at The Band Agency
receptive to new bands and promote at a few venues around London. Their night at Infinity
is a good bet for a first gig. They can be a bit chaotic though - they're not always on
it with the organisational side of things.
Agreed with Rachel about the
Windmill. The people there are lovely and it's a really informal atmosphere, although it
doesn't have a full PA so the drums aren't miked up. Don't know if that's important to
you but you'll get s friendly reception from the staff. It's a bit of a hike from the
You can also try Plum Promotions
. The put on nights at the Water Rats in King's Cross
which I love playing. Unfortunately they'll first want to book you into the Betsy
Trotwood, which is an apalling venue. I've never understood how they have the gall to put
acts on there, but it's probably worth getting it out of the way early on so you can play
at the real place later.
are worth a shout. They book the Hope & Anchor in Islington,
which is a good bet for a first gig. They also book the Dublin Castle, which is a ghastly
place to play but (as you probably already know) is one of those venues that you kind of
have to do if you want to attract 'industry' at a later date. Hence it's probably worth
getting in with them.
Hope that helps,