Music, Games and Giveaways Create Fun Night Out
Rock band Wicked Wench headlined at the Alice in Wonderland Costume Party, held on the 21st of March at the Rosemount Hotel in North Perth, WA. The party included games, prize giveaways, and music from Wicked Wench’s favorite bands.
Sophia Marie, singer, songwriter and bass guitarist for Wicked Wench and owner of Love Bite Records, said the party was created to not only promote Wicked Wench, but to give music lovers a great night out.
“I am determined to have fun and party when gigging the local scene, so a costume party was a great way to ensure that regardless of the turnout everyone who showed up would have a fun night out,” said Marie. “I invited bands I enjoy the music of: Battle of the Planets; Nevsky Prospekt and Stone Bleeder to support my band Wicked Wench.”
Getting into character helped Marie sell tickets to the party. “We sold tickets door to door. We dressed up the weekend before the show and sold tickets direct at the venue,” she said. “We posted on Facebook everyday for a month before the show. It all helps.”
Marie said “[s]upport for Wicked Wench was good,” even though the total numbers for the event weren’t exactly what Marie was expecting. There were also major renovations occurring at the venue. “…[A]ll the normal entrances were blocked by heavy scaffolding,” she said. “From the outside the place looked closed down and unless you knew you could get in via the rear car park that would be your belief. As a result there was hardly anyone in the venue except preople we ourselves had invited, which made growing our fan base to members of the general public impossible on that night.”
“However, there were still great moments at the event, like the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. “…[W]e played musical chairs and served ‘tea’ that ‘tasted suspiciously like beer,’” she said. “[It] was hilarious!”
If you want to create an event to promote your band, Marie said choosing the right support bands is key. “Choose support bands that you know that either have a regular following or who are prepared to promote the event as hard as yourself,” she said. “Look for venues that have a decent amount of regular customers (if you can get booked at one of these rare places) and make sure there are no renovations going on [during] the night of your planned show!”