How to Get Your Band a Gig

So you’ve just finished writing your 5th song and it’s sounding pretty tight. Now you’re looking to find a place to show the world this music you’ve created.

But where do you start? How do you approach a venue? What kind of venue do you look for?

First, Go and find out

Before you start making calls and sending emails first make sure you’ve found a place that suits your band. Go in and check out another bands gig at the same space and see if you can tell what the vibe is. Maybe this place is too heavy or too small or too big for you?

Finding the right venue can be key

Don’t try and play at a venue because it’s the first one that comes to mind. There may be a better fit out there

Make the call

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Try and call the venue instead of an email at first. An email can be ignored quite easily whereas a phone call normally will receive a reason why they don’t want to book your band.

Have a plan in mind

Go in with a plan of what you will say to the person in charge of bookings. No one wants to be making calls back and forth to sort out the details so make sure that you have it all sorted.

You will save both your time and their time this way

Provide Value

IF you have something that will add value to the venue, then chances are that you are going to get the gig. If you can provide an audience or a really good experience for existing punters then the venue will want to hire you, simple as that.

Be Persistent

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Don’t be discouraged if the first couple of places say no. Don’t even be discouraged if the first ten say no. 

If you are noticing a theme of rejection then try and change your pitch, or improve your bands image before approaching again.

Never let rejection kill your ambition

Deliver the goods

Ok so you’ve now got the gig. Go and rock it!

Make sure you make a good impression on the patrons and venue and chances are you’ll be asked back. You can use the experience to build on and approach more venues once you have done your first performance. It gets easier and easier the more you do it as you have a portfolio to show each next venue.

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