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Bdrmm announce crowdfund after non-payment from a festival leaves them unable to tour

01 September 2023, 15:18 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Hull shoegaze band Bdrmm announce that they’ve been forced to start a crowdfund after a festival promoter failed to pay them a fee of £6,500.

Announcing ‘The bdrmm got effed over fund’ on social media, the quartet wrote: “Hello! As a band we’re going through some financial hardship due to non-payment by promoters for a performance outside of the country – a show which heavily cost us to get to. This, paired with inflating tour costs, has left us unable to fund our October/November tour.”

They go on to say that touring is vital to their survival as an independent band, and that there have been serious implications of not receiving their “largest” payment to date; both mentally and financially.

Coinciding with Bandcamp Friday – where all proceeds go directly to the artist – the band have announced discounts on all of their merchandise in order to help cover the losses which were made travelling to the overseas festival. They're offering exclusive merchandise as well as listing their entire tour's worth of stock in vinyl and t-shirts, and have restocked the vinyl and CD versions of their debut album, Bedroom, and its follow-up I Don't Know.

"We played at a festival a few months back which promised us a pretty hefty payment for doing so – the largest we’d have ever been paid to date. These fees would have covered the money we laid out to get to the festival as well as the purchase of a van, which we rely upon to take our full backline abroad. The payment would have also allowed us to be able to start planning our upcoming UK/EU tour – booking flights, ferries and accommodation," bassist Jordan Smith reveals to Far Out Magazine.

“The knock-on effect of this has been monumental. We’d planned to take a crew on the tour for the first time ever to bolster our live show, as well as alleviate the admin side of touring, such as selling merch, managing accommodation, as well as covering the drives we’d have to do across Europe which can be pretty hectic sometimes. None of which could be achieved without the festival paying us for our art.”

“As well as our own financial worries, it’s taken a massive toll on our mental health," he adds. "The prospect of not being able to tour is heartbreaking and would undo the hard work of not only us, but the management, agents and label who have been working tirelessly to help us take our live show on the road."

He adds that the band are grateful for all of the support they've received thus far: “Crowdfunding is such a brilliant tool to help us continue with the tour without struggling, but it was such a hard decision for us to make as we didn’t want to rely on people who also may be struggling with the cost-of-living crisis in the UK."

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