DESK: Yamaha LS-9 16 channel digital desk
BINS: 2 x EV Double 15″ w/ Yamaha 1500watt P5000S amplifier
TOPS: 2 x EV 15″ 600Watt ZX590 speakers w/Yamaha 2000watt P7000S amplifier
MONITORS: 2 x Yamaha 15” 250watt wedges + 15″ drum fill of unknown origin w/Peavey 1200watt amplifier
OUTBOARD : Drawmer two channel compressor/gate; Peavey stereo multi fx; Samson multi fx/compressor gate
MICROPHONES: 6 x Shure 58; 1 x Shure 58 Beta; 2 x Shure 57 Beta; 1 x AKG D112; 1 x JBL sm58 equivalent; 1 x Fender sm57 equivalent
MIC STANDS: Senn telescopic (eight)
BACKLINE: We have a drumkit (Pearl All-Birch), bass amp (Fender combi) and guitar amp (Line 6 Flextone II).
DJ EQUIPMENT: 2 X Technics SL1210 Mk2 vinyl decks
Numark CDN 22 Mk5 twin CD decks
Numark DM 3050 mixer
It’s easy. Just drag an absolute minimum of 30 people along and we’ll take their money.
Actually, that’s NOT how the Windmill works.
We love good music, and while we need to shift beer to put on nights at low entry prices, we’re first and foremost after quality music. It’s no good phoning up and saying “we’ll ram the place out cos we’ve got lots of mates” if your music sucks. We book proactively, in the sense that we hear of good bands from our regulars or bands that have already played the Windmill and get them to play. We also take recommendations from people in the industry that we work with and trust.
The best way to contact us for a gig is by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please Include a link to some music preferably on a page that has some biographical info such as were you’re from, what gigs you have coming up and generally a bit of info about yourselves.
If you can’t be bothered with providing some basic info, we can’t be bothered listening to you.
WE DO NOT ACCEPT UNSOLICITED ATTACHMENTS so if you send us audio files or PR documents in that format we just bin them.
Due to the constant workload of putting on 6 or 7 shows per week we cannot engage in critique or communication. In short …IF WE HAVE A GIG FOR YOU WE WILL CONTACT YOU. That might sound harsh, but as we can get up to a hundred a day to listen to, we just don’t have the time to respond to everyone.
You can also send in CDs by post because that’s how we found some of our most favourite bands. We promise to listen to all demos. The address is:
Band Bookings, Windmill Brixton, 22 Blenheim Gardens, London, SW2 5BZ
We will do our utmost to put you on a bill that will fit in with your music. We try to theme nights so that bands (and their fans) will enjoy the other bands’ music. We won’t put on krautrock with folk and punk on the same bill just because we think all three bands will pull 30 people each and the place will look busy. That’s no fun for anyone and we don’t do that.
We don’t issue bossy contracts or take any money out of the door. Yes folks, bands get 90% of the door money and we divide it up at the end of the night on an amicable basis taking into consideration who brought the crowds, who has touring expenses and who brought the gear. And, since it’s cheaper to get in than any other venue on the London circuit, we discourage guestlists – you might as well have the money.
We do have regular gig-goers at our place but you never know when they’ll turn up so don’t count on a crowd of eager gig-goers waiting for you on your arrival. We trust all bands to try their best to get people to gigs. If you don’t do that you’re not only letting yourselves and us down, but also the other bands on the bill. If we all work together we’ll have a good night…and you’ll get paid.
We’ll list all gigs on a range of mags, websites and radio stations.
We talk to industry people (A&R, PR, management) all the time and if we think you’re something they might be interested in we’ll pass on your details.
Some of this stuff is really basic but you’d be surprised how few bands do it. Basically if you look organised, there’s a better chance of us wanting you down, so please enclose: