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Part 3 of The Four P’s of Playing Shows: Performance

BandZoogle provides us with their steps towards putting on an awesome live show.


Show time has arrived. After much preparation and promotion, it’s finally time to walk the walk. A good performance can be very subjective because characteristics change depending on many factors, one being the genre. However, here are 3 universal characteristics of a live performance:

1. Passion

Why would your fans care about your music if you don’t? As the great Charles Bradley said, I sing every time like it’s the last show I’m doing.” Seeing someone on stage, completely in love with what they are doing is the most inspiring act to witness. People will know if you care within the first few minutes of watching you, so you have to convince them to care too.

2. Spontaneity

Hopefully, the fans that have decided to come to your show have heard your music off of your album already. And if they want to hear it just as it is on the album, they wouldn’t come out to the show. They’ve taken time to see you, so give them something new. Don’t be afraid to be spontaneous on stage, but more importantly, don’t be afraid to take risks and be vulnerable. Nothing new will ever come from old practices.

3. Audience Participation

You’re not playing at them, you’re playing with them. Whether you get them to clap along, hold you up as you crowd surf, or dance underneath a huge, colorful parachute as you perform (like what Rich Aucoin did at the Osheaga Festival), audience participation matters. The video of his unique performance is linked to the article and it’s clear to see that he’s creating a very memorable experience.

Most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy yourself. Having fun is the best way to put on a great performance.


To read more, check out Dave Cool’s article on BandZoogle and stay tuned for part 4, coming soon!

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In our weekly series, BandsOnABudget.com goes through the dregs to bring you the best in DIY focused news, tips, and advice on the topics of touring, marketing, promoting, social media, PR, & more.


1. Kickstarter Introduces The Creator Handbook

"It’s your one-stop guide to designing a solid Kickstarter project,” according to Kickstarter. Since their launch in 2009, people have pledged over $1 billion to various projects. This newly introduced guide has insights and articles from other Kickstarter users that describe the best ways for your campaigns to be successful.

2. Government-Subsidized Touring?

Believe it or not, there is some public and private money floating around, waiting to be claimed by artists. A decent amount of European artists have claimed that they received subsidies to tour the United States. The reason for this is because some nations view their music as a valuable export. Perhaps your band could be the next sound to be sent overseas.

3. 5 Tips for Approaching Venue Promoters

Learning to negotiate, being professional, and every other little detail can all contribute to the relationships that you build with important venues. UK artist King Kash gives some advice for artists trying to produce and promote their own shows.

4. Look What Disc Makers is Reintroducing This Week

If you haven’t taken advantage of the recent comeback of vinyl sales yet, Disc Makers is giving you one last chance. Back in the 1940s, they were the pioneers of the vinyl business. After a few dormant years, they’re back and better than ever.

5. 5 Lessons Learned from a Terrible Tour

Grassrootsy, a marketing blog for independent artists, shares an article about a rather unpleasant tour that one artist had to experience. Touring can be very intimidating and it shouldn’t be taken so lightly. Thankfully, this article reminds us that weeknights will always be terrible, your fellow artists are your allies, and a few other helpful lessons.


Check back every week for our weekly web roundup. Have any hot tips or web content you think is worthy? Send it our way to michelle@bandsonabudget.com or link us in on Facebook.

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The Adorn font family

Typeface designer Laura Worthington has created this huge collection of vintage fonts and ornamental styles.

Check out more about the vintage fonts on WE AND THE COLOR or buy the Adorn family on MyFonts.com

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The Four P’s of Playing Live Shows: 2. Promotion

BandZoogle provides us with their steps towards putting on an awesome live show. 


After you’ve finished the preparation step and everything is in order, it’s time to let people know that you’re playing a show! As Dave Cool says in his article, you need to take personal responsibility for the promotion of your show.  Relying too heavily on anyone else will be the first step towards having a mediocre show. Here are some ways that are listed to get the word out on your own: 

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