Even with the never ending stream of trendy SoundCloud Insta-famous acts, there are always a few crowd pleasers who still tour and crank out music. In recent years, throwback style events have been one of the more popular go-tos for event planning. Why? Everyone loves nostalgia. Check out the image above for a few ideas of acts who are available for fall bookings. These folks still bring the crowds, and many are still relevant and have new material as well!
“Running on no sleep and pizza.”
Forget about a full night’s sleep when you’re on tour. Between all of the travel and early load in / late night load out schedules you’ll be treasuring what little sleep you can get.
Wearing practical shoes is literally one of the most important parts of working while on the road. You spend a lot of time on your feet. Usually people stick with shoes like Vans or Converse because they are lightweight and skid proof.
Random Days Off
Odds are the few days off you have, you’ll be in a location you would never normally go to. America is full of strange roadside attractions and hotels to stay the night in. So go for it – visit the world’s largest pistachio. Spend the night in that undersea lodge.
You Will Really Value Good Food
No matter how healthy the rider the band and crew is using, people will always try to skimp on food day of show leaving you eating sandwiches and pizza constantly. The few times you get a healthy meal, you will thoroughly be appreciative. As will your stomach! Another great thing about being on the road, is the opportunity to try local specialties across the country.
Touring Is A Very Smelly Situation
Showering becomes a luxury. The first chance you get to shower, you will! Being stuck in a vehicle with a group of other smelly folks – let’s just say that speaks for itself.
Caffeine becomes your BFF. You rely on it. If a venue doesn’t have a coffee setup, you know someone will be making a coffee run. You may not have drank energy drinks before #tourlife, but guess what? Now you’ll find yourself drinking Red Bulls & Monsters. And nobody is gonna judge you.
You Will Meet Lots Of Interesting People
From other bands and roadies to random celebrities and crazy fans, you’ll meet people from all walks of life. You’ll also make some great friends. Stories to last a lifetime.
From towels to security – make sure you are prepared for day of show!
Stage towels are one of the most important things to have at any concert. Don’t skimp on these or forget to provide them. Also, always get a dark color (black is best). White lint will show up with the event lights.
Cases of Water
Day of Show Schedules Posted
WI-FI Info Posted
Emergency Contact Info Posted
From sleeping stagehand guy to that crazy fan – how’d they get backstage AGAIN??
There is always minimum one napper who finds the most random uncomfortable looking spot to drift off. Get it girl.
The Grumpy One
Usually they’re the tour or production manager. Running on sleep, wears gym shorts and vans. Ready to let his anger out the first chance he gets.
The Crazy Fan
They always get backstage somehow. You can tell right away they don’t belong because they have that crazed look in their eyes and ask dumb questions like “where’s the meet & greet?” or “I’m here to see the band, can you show me where they are?”
Security Guard Who Takes His Job VERY Seriously
This dude takes his job very seriously and no matter what you say he won’t believe you. He loves a good power trip but has no idea who the band is. #buzzkillalert
Confused Janitor Man
“What band is this? Oh, never heard of them. So I can’t just walk into their dressing room to take the trash out? I have to knock first??”
This person tries SO hard and worries about every detail. When the tour manager talks down to them you feel SO bad, but have to remind them it’s a concert and things are bound to go wrong.
Radio Station People
They always have cool hats on and demand more meet and greets. They also love to stand in big groups in very inconvenient places. Radio people can to talk their way into anything!
Nerdy Production Person
This person loves to nerd out talking about sound & lights. If you don’t know much about tech stuff you may wonder “WHAT STRANGE LANGUAGE IS THIS??”
Just another day at work for them! They always show up late, immediately ask about food upon arrival, and generally hide in their green rooms or tour bus until they have to take stage. Another day, another dollar.
That Amazing Person That Is There Because They Love It
This person works shows because they love their job. The constant excitement of dealing with day of show, seeing live music and hard their work pay off. This person makes day of show a blast for everyone!