Solo Sessions at Bally Rehearsal Rooms in London
Single Person Bookings
Most of the time it is bands that rehearse at Bally, but often individual people like to use our studios too. It might be a drummer who lives somewhere that they can't play a full drumkit - they'll play with pads at home, but they also like to have a go on the full drumkit, or maybe they want to blow off some steam after sitting behind a desk for 9 hours a day - and sometimes it is singers who want to practice singing through a PA system with a backing track, or a guitarist who wants to try out a new guitar amp on full volume. Whoever it is, when there's only one person booking the session the benefits of not having to co-ordinate different schedules is balanced by the extra costs. A band will usually split the fee 3 or 4 ways between the different members, but for people wanting a session on their own they have to pay for all of it. That's why we now offer solo rehearsals.
Here's the deal:
As there is only 1 person, we charge £6.50 an hour, no matter what room it is in. It can even go down to £5 per hour, depending on how many sessions you book. That means it's up to 50% cheaper than band rehearsals. Here's why:
As there is only 1 person, even the smallest room will be more then big enough. That way, we can move your booking from one room to another, in advance, and not miss out on any other booking. As your session won't stop us losing out on any other potential booking, we can offer it for much cheaper.
We also book your session around the other bookings. This is why we won't take a booking 7 days in advance for the 8pm - 9pm slot. If we did that, we might miss out on a band doing a 7pm - 11pm slot, which would earn us £46, simply for a £6.50 booking. That's just not good business. We only have 5 rehearsal studios and they are usually pretty full, so we have to prioritise the higher rate bookings, but if you don't mind booking your rehearsal around other sessions, you will get it a lot cheaper. You help us make money, we'll help you save it.
Most of the time the solo rehearsal are between 5pm - 7pm, between the end of the day session and the start of the evening evening sessions, and even from 10pm - 11pm, if a band leaves at 10pm. We find that solo rehearsal are a lot more flexible. It is not unusual that someone will suddenly have a few hours spare for one reason or the other, and feel like a rehearsal. It is very rare that 4 or 5 people will simultaneously have a free few hours, and want to book a session at a few minutes notice. Hence, most of the solo rehearsals are very last minute. Weekends are popular too, as we have more time to move the sessions around. Once your session is booked the timeslot won't change. We make sure if it not booked in a time that we will have to move it, and that way, you won't get messed around. The room might change though, but as we have the same PA's and backline in all rooms, and as we can move the equipment from room to room that hopefully shouldn't matter too much.
Block Bookings Discounts:
Book a 1 hour slot, and you pay £6.50 for the hour.
Book 10 hours worth of sessions, and it's £60, up front. (£6 per hour.)
Book 20 hours worth of bookings, and it's £100, up front. (£5 per hour.)
If you book more than 1 hour, you can just take the booking a and when you want. You don't need to book them all at the start., You can book 20 hour, and then stay for 1 hour, and go home. You can then call another day, book in for another hour, and we will knock another hour off of the tab. If you decide to go over (if the rehearsal studios are available), and you do 1 hour 45 mins, we'll knock 1 and three-quarters off of your tab, until it's all gone. Your time doesn't expire after a certain amount of time, there's no limits, no funny business.
It's just for people doing Solo rehearsals. If you bring along a friend, for a duo session, that won't count as solo rehearsals. BUT, if you are a teacher, that counts as a solo rehearsal. We can even provide a second drumkit, if it's available, for no extra fee. But only if it is available. If you need an iPod connector to plug into into the Pa, we have them too. As always, no extra fee's, and free tea and coffee, as well as free parking.
Seeing as most of the single person sessions that we have are for drummers, here are some photos of the drumkits. If you like the look of any of them over any others please let us know and we'll try out very best to make sure that you get that drum kit.