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The Ultimate Guide to Touring in Europe: What I've Learned From 8 Years Performing Internationally

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A version of this article originally appeared on the DIY Musician.


One of the biggest questions I get asked from fellow artists is about playing Europe. I have been traveling in mainly western Europe and doing music tours there once or twice a year since 2007 (12 tours altogether, anywhere from two to six weeks long).

It's such a big topic (and I'm still learning), and because it's one that's going to be a bit different for everyone that gets to experience it anyway, I seldom know where to start. If we were real-life friends, you'd buy me a few drinks, and I'd tell you everything I can think of. But if we're virtual friends swapping advice back and forth (which I am always open to), it's too big of a subject and too long of an email. I never know where to start with folks.

But we have to start somewhere, so let me begin by saying that much of my specific advice about clubs and promoters would be limited to my genre of music: Americana and roots music. If you're a hip-hop, pop, hardcore, or soul artist – or any other of the thousands of subgenres of music – we aren't going to be using the same agents or promoters. Oftentimes, even the venues, towns, and countries can differ according to genre, too. There are, however, a few universal suggestions.

Checklist: What You Need to Know to Perform Overseas

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Playing overseas for the first time is a big jump for many bands and may hold the key to widespread exposure. However, what should be an exciting personal and professional experience can become a nightmare if proper steps are not taken to board a plane, perform in a foreign country, and travel from city to city abroad with minimal hassle. Use the following checklist to make sure your next international festival or tour is smooth sailing!

The Essential Musician's Guide to Touring Japan

Playing in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese hotel. (Image via soundfly.com)

This article originally appeared on Soundfly.


Japan is one of the best places to share your music. If you weren't already planning your tour there when this article popped up, you might as well start now!

I just got off the plane not three hours ago, and looking back it was the best tour of my life. Let me share with you some of the tips I picked up along the way. But first, how come this faraway land of manga and sushi is so kind to the touring musician?