Guide to getting and playing better gigs


Tour Preparation

Gigging Tips
Band Promotion
Stage Act
Stage Presence
Work the Crowd
Set List
Book it
Survive on Tour
Talent Nights
Band in Trouble
The Frontman
Big Break
Band on a Budget
Band Business
Cancelling a Gig
Touring in Europe
Buzz Factor
Check your Gear
Bad Gigs
Benefit Gigs
Gig Fees
Gig Kit
Gigs that Pay
Gig Attendance
Know your Audience
Lies in Music
Mailing List
Outdoor Gigs
Performance Tips
Tour Preparation
Press Kit
Contracts and Riders
Rules of the Road
Band on the Rocks
Play Safe
Gig Sharing
Solo Gigs
Support Band

Pre-tour stuff you should have ready before you pick up the phone.

You need to save up as much money as possible for all the expenses that you'll incur prior to the tour. Things like phone bills, postage, press kits, posters, vehicle maintenance, food, etc. This should be done as a group. You need a phone, a good one with voice mail or an answering machine.

Put a promotional kit together (a bio, cd/cassette, posters, band photo, press clippings), and have enough of them on hand so that you'll be able to mail people stuff as they request and/or as you confirm dates.

Figure out what merchandise you're going to take with you (shirts, sweatshirts, lapel pins, stickers, patches, etc.).

Work out reliable transportation for the tour and buy a good road atlas. Become familiar with the cities and distances. Try to route a tour that's achievable for you.

Organize a tentative routing along with day, date, contact, phone number so that when you call potential promoters, you'll know roughly what date your band hopes to play there. Allot at least three months before the first date of your tour. You need to allow time for people to get your packages, listen to them, decide if they like you, play phone tag, etc.

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