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.
If you're looking for the technical rider, please go here.
A show is generally performed in one of four basic formats:
- Complete stage setup with keyboards and electronic instruments. Set length can be tailored from 30 minutes to 75 minutes, extended to 2x 30/45 minute sets. An optional lighting rig may also be used.
- 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 45 minutes. 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.
All music is registered with PRS and PPL, please let us know if you require a set list forwarding after the show for your own records and returns.
We don't mind photography but would ask that audience refrain from flash and irritating the other members of the audience during the show by filming constantly.
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 drag queens, hi-energy or rock bands as support before the shows - it rarely works out!
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, preferably within walking-distance of the venue.
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.
Hey stage/tech crew! The full technical rider can be found over here.
Stage space required is 3m x 2.5m. If we use our optional lighting rig, this increases to 6m x 2.5m.
There should be an appropriately sized uncompressed PA system provided by the venue for the show with speakers at the proscenium front and an appropriate monitor speaker. 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'. Important: DJ/venue sound systems such as Soundweb usually don't provide a good enough sound.
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. The team prefer to do this before the public are admitted for safety and security reasons. 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. In all cases, please provide arrival, soundcheck and doors-open and on-stage times.
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:
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.
Jess very rarely drinks alcohol on show days and never dairy, but please make sure there's fresh drinking water and a couple of pint glasses. A kettle, two mugs, some sugar and Earl Grey teabags will result in lots of smiles. If you are catering for us, our collective diet is omniverous - no special requirements.
If it's not too much trouble, please would you provide a postcard or two from the local area (your choice of what as long as it's recognisably local) and a couple of first class stamps so we can write home.
For suitable pre-show music, please do avail yourself of this Spotify playlist.
The Bleeding Obvious doesn't book through an agent, so to enquire please get in touch directly and we can have a chat!