I recently sat down with a nice cup of cocoa and settled into reading Donald Passman’s fantastic , ‘All you need to know about the Music Business’ and came across the section relating to touring your band, having been deeply involved with many touring situations from publicity to management I couldn’t help but stop on the pages that referred to early stages of touring . The section stated that amongst other things it makes more sense for a metal band to tour than a singer songwriter or ballad type act. I found this fairly debatable as if you are infront of an audience and your music is strong – the most important part of the jigsaw – then why should metal be different to a solo artist? If the crowd is the same does this actually stack up?
Anyway the style of music is open to debate but the question of tour support will always at some stage raise it’s head , by tour support it actually means the shortfall between the costs layed out and the return from the shows but in reality the budget for the tour, to support a headliner , or the ‘buy on’ fee is critical . The fee to appear as a tour support is there to reduce tour costs for the headline act primarily and you must make sure that you are certain that when you go on stage , the audience will be in the venue and not in the bar, kind of obvious but very relevant. Rule 1 of building a fan base via tour support is knowing that there will be people watching you and then that you have something to sell whether it be merchandise or donuts- only go for the donut option if your merch is really rubbish as it is easier to wear a t shirt than a donut- anyway once Rule 1 is understood , make sure you have a good idea as to the average attendance at the venue in terms of ticket sales as again why pay to support a badly promoted tour.
It all seems obvious but sometimes you are so blown away by supporting one of the bands you have idolised, that you forget to make sure the obvious is not overlooked.
The Quite Great team were treated to an unforgettable performance by the Soul Icon Candi Staton at Bestival 2014 , whilst also arranging a great deal of fantastic pr at the festival in between Candi’s amazing live show which really thrilled the public and media alike. The album promotion at radio and press is going really well and Bestival was such a great starting point.
There have been a host of articles raving about Staton’s electric performance at Bestival, including The Daily Telegraph who said Staton, ‘’prowled the stage like a woman half her age’’. The Quite Great Team spent the weekend working hard arranging Candi Staton’s pr whilst also having time to check out a great performance by Foals
Bestival tweeted a video of Staton working the crowd, saying, ‘’The whole site was buzzing’’, and we must admit, so were we.
You can catch videos of Staton performing at Bestival here:
Here are some cheeky snaps of Staton having a ball back stage with the Quite Great girls.
Bestival was incredible and is a truly one of the must go to events on the British festival scene . We can’t wait to see what they put on next year…it’ll take something spectacular to top this year’s enchanting ensemble.
Summer means music festivals and these are an opportunity to pack lots of live gigs into one fun weekend with your friends. The best way to really experience live music is to get as close to the front as possible which, as anyone who’s been to a festival will know, isn’t that easy but here are some tips to help you out.
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As the scouts always say, be prepared
This is especially true when planning your first gigs, plan for the worst and you should be planning correctly, don’t assume anyone will turn up; don’t assume the venue promoter will promote you; don’t assume your instruments will work properly’ don’t assume the sound engineer is your new best friend. Prepare, rehearse and hone your stage craft, right through to what you say to the audience, assuming it is more than ‘Please stop throwing beer at us’. Continue reading How to plan your band’s first gigs