DO PRO­MOT­ERS IN THE UAE OVER­PAY FOR IN­TER­NA­TIONAL TAL­ENT, IS THERE A BID­DING WAR FOR DJS YOU’RE IN­TER­ESTED IN?

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Al­most uni­ver­sally, the an­swer was yes – it seems we as an in­dus­try over­pay for in­ter­na­tional DJ tal­ent. ‘ Yes, a lot of pro­mot­ers over pay. Best idea is to try not to book any­one al­ready played here for a ‘ big’ pro­moter as the DJ will no doubt have un­rea­son­able ex­pec­ta­tions. I have ended up pay­ing more.’ ‘ I think so, you hear about peo­ple in Dubai out­bid­ding other venues and pro­mot­ers just so that other pro­moter is priced out. Fees are high for artists, and their rid­ers can some­times be an­other 25% on top.’ ‘ Yes and the blame is on th­ese so called pro­mot­ers that have no clue and spend their Daddy's money to out­bid other pro­mot­ers.’

‘ We are forced to over pay be­cause crowds only turn up to ‘ big names.’ ‘ Yes def­i­nitely, plus agents & DJs in a lot of cases take ad­van­tage as soon as they hear Dubai or UAE and their fees sud­denly go up.’

‘ A lot more... Too many nights, not enough pun­ters.’

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