It’s interesting to see Fairport on that list: we have them booked on 1 June 2022, over 50 years on!! It’s certainly hard for bands and we always try to pay as much as we can. Things are hard at the moment with a lot of uncertainty about ticket sales so it’s something of a juggling act between minimum guarantee and % share but it generally works ok. The bands get so little from Spotify etc and it really does make a difference for people to get out there and buy tickets, CDs and t shirts, as said above.
I agree young man, we also try and do our bit for the various bands that we enjoy, as good as our respective music systems may be it’s difficult to beat live music, but the ‘price list’ is quite an interesting eye opener I thought.
Yes, it’s twice delayed from 2020! We’ve booked some good bands for next year, Unthanks, Le Vent du Nord, Peter Case and various others. Have a look at the website wemsfest.com and you’ll see them all. You’ll also see muggins just sneaking into a selfie.