First of all, thank you for your interest in booking a show by The Bleeding Obvious!
The Bleeding Obvious has one sole member - Jessica Rowbottom - who performs original songs with an angle on the LGBTQ+ spectrum. It is cabaret in the original sense of the word, accompanied with a heady mix of genres including acoustic, electro, chillout, pop and dance.
This booking information is written to answer many of the questions I get, but if you want to skip straight to enquiring directly please click here to send a message.
A show is generally performed in one of four basic formats:
- FULL ELECTRIC:
- Complete stage setup with keyboards and electronic instruments. Set length can be tailored from 30 minutes to 75 minutes, or extended to 2x 45 minute sets. This requires a stage space of 4m x 2.5m. An optional lighting system may also be used.
- FESTIVAL ELECTRIC:
- Lightweight setup with one keyboard. Set length can be tailored from 15 minutes to 45 minutes. Quick setup and tear-down.
- Jessica plus a piano, no longer than 1 hour, suited to small intimate venues, and can fit on small pub-corner stages.
- Jessica singing to backing tracks, no fixed instruments on-stage. This is the preferred format for Prides and short (<20 minute) sets.
When enquiring, it helps greatly to state which format you would prefer - note some formats may not be available at certain times of the year depending on recording and touring schedule. Any format can be tailored.
Music and lyrics are mostly family-friendly already, but it helps to know if you are booking a show where under-18s will be present.
The Bleeding Obvious does not perform cover songs.
Shows pair well with spoken-word support acts with an LGBTQ+ angle, as well as acoustic musicians. A local performer is always preferred but we can bring our own support if required.
Please avoid placing rock or pop bands as support before the shows - it rarely works!
The 2x 45 minute full electric show does not require a support act if you prefer it that way.
Travel & Location
The Bleeding Obvious is based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire but performs all over the UK.
We usually travel with 2 people: one performer and one tour-hand (but this may vary depending on support acts).
Parking is required for the production vehicle locally to the venue, and as near as possible to the venue for load-in/out (or the stage if a festival).
Please advise if the venue is not at ground level or there are stairs (especially if there is no goods lift) as we'll require assistance on-hand to carry equipment.
It helps to arrange a schedule where we'll be geographically en-route but understand it isn't always possible; if you're over 100 miles from Wakefield then we'd welcome recommendations on a guest-house or place to layover.
While we are interested in European dates, please bear in mind the current volatile political climate so may be cost-prohibitive to tour mainland Europe past October 2019. Non-UK venues/festivals should get in touch to discuss please to see if we can work something out.
In almost all cases keyboards and computer are submixed on-stage to provide a single stereo DI pair presented on 2 x ¼" balanced jacks. Jess will require a single mic (Shure SM58 preferred) on a boom mic stand, treated with a small amount of reverb. Under no circumstances apply compression to the keyboard output or the mix as a whole.
It's assumed there will be an appropriately sized PA system provided by the venue for the show, and monitor speakers. However, The Bleeding Obvious is a travelling band and as such we have equipment to cover most small-venue eventualities.
Please discuss first if you're in doubt whether the in-house system will be OK - for instance we can self-engineer with a digital desk and small venue PA (2 x 450W Mackie SRM450 plus sub, good for a 150-cap venue) but this must be requested in advance and discussed prior to any agreement as it may incur extra transport and setup costs. We usually bring our own monitor speaker 'just in case'.
In all cases 13A mains power must be supplied to the stage area.
For full electric shows: to get everything in, set up, and sound checked typically takes 1.5 hours. Break down at the end of the night typically takes around 45 minutes. Please factor this in to your schedule and talk to us if this gives you problems. We like to be set up and soundchecked at least 90 minutes before doors open to give time to 'get in the zone'. For stage and live performance plan, download the Tech Rider as PDF.
All other show formats take about 20 minutes to set up, and the same to tear down.
If you are requesting an acoustic show and have a piano at the venue, please make sure it is in tune and playable prior to the performance date.
The MEDIA RESOURCES PAGE has a variety of photos, bios and logos but don't hesitate to write if you need posters or flyer and promo templates in various file formats. We appreciate good design, whether it's professional or just made from the heart. The font for the logo is Kabel Mt Light.
Please bill the act as THE BLEEDING OBVIOUS - don't list Jessica's name. We might only have one member, but it's still a band.
Unless informed otherwise we'll assume the local venue or promoter is responsible for social media events, but please add The Bleeding Obvious (link) as co-host on Facebook events so we can advertise to our own fans.
So we can co-ordinate our own online PR, please advise of any embargo on dates and give an estimate on when the show might be announced - otherwise we will assume it's immediately public and add an entry to the gig guide. Public shows are automatically listed on our Songkick gig guide and syndicated to websites such as Google and Spotify.
The Bleeding Obvious doesn't book through an agent, so to enquire please get in touch directly and we can have a chat!