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What Touring Looks Like for Unestablished Bands

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This article originally appeared on TuneCore.

 

When non-musicians think of bands on tour, they typically conjure up scenes of crowded venues, indulgence in the form of sex, booze, and illegal drugs, and thriving young musicians without a care in the world.

The stereotypes associated with touring are often wrong and typically only pertain to established artists with resources and sizable followings.

3 of the Worst Gig Mishaps of All Time (And How You Can Avoid Them)

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If you're a musician long enough, you're going to have a bad gig – it's just a matter of odds. Sometimes those elements are out of your control – bad sound, no promotion by the booker, sketchy venue, etc. Sometimes it is 100 percent on you – not practicing, for instance, or having a meltdown onstage.

While you can't control everything, some planning ahead (or thinking on your feet) can keep a bad gig from turning into a disaster. Here's just a few bad ones, and how you can steer clear of those situations.

Why (and How) You Should Prep for Your Summer Tour Now

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While we may still be scraping ice off our cars in most parts of the country, it’s definitely not too early to begin planning for your upcoming summer tour. Besides the fact that it gives you something to look forward to (warmer days! T-shirts! Ice cream!), it’s actually in your best interest to start planning months in advance, so that you’re giving yourself plenty of time to properly prepare.

Simply put, there’s a lot that goes into putting together a successful tour, and you don’t want to rush it. Here are five ways you can prep for your summer tour right now.

How Bands Can Get Booked at Major Festivals

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You’ve pictured it a million times. The roar of the crowd as you take the stage. The feeling of looking out at a sea of people, eager eyes, hands in the air. The first chords echoing through the festival. That overwhelming feeling of being on top of the world.

It’s kind of incredible isn’t it?

For many, playing the festival circuit can be a gateway to so many future opportunities. Beyond the incredible feeling of taking the stage to hundreds or thousands of eager fans, it can lead to more (and larger) bookings, new team members (like management), and of course it doesn’t hurt if you’re looking at signing to a label down the line.

But when it comes to actually making the connection and securing your spot, how does it work? We've put together a guide to getting booked at major festivals complete with advice from our in-house experts about giving yourself the best chance for success. Read on!