1.7 PREPARING TO TOUR

The gigs are booked and the important contracts have been signed and returned. You will need to get a couple things done before you leave. At a minimum you should prepare a tour itinerary that outlines all of the details of the trip for your whole team. Keeping your manager, publicist and band members in the loop is going to ultimately cut down on your own stress level. Let everyone have a copy of each gigs address, phone numbers, set times etc. Seeing as someone is going to have to get directions from each gig to the next, you might as well include those in with the itinerary.

Once you get on the road, someone can use the itinerary to advance your shows. Every venue needs to be called a week or so before the gig to confirm any last minute details. Getting into the habit of advancing your shows is the only way to eliminate any surprises. Sound systems blow up, venues close down, and licenses get pulled. The alternative is more frustration than it is worth. Every band has someone that can take on another easy task or two. This one is simple but important.

Ensure that you provided the promoter all your instrument and sound requirements.  The last thing you want is to turn up and you are an amp short.  We set up an online Google spreadsheet for all our Future Sound Share gigs where each band can log on and state what they will need on the night and what they are bringing.  This way we can see if there are any gaps that need filling.  Ensure that you are specific as about the equipment.  We put on a gig back in may where Swimming were kindly providing the drum kit for the night, but i had no idea that they used electronic pads.  It was a last minute panic that didn’t need to happen and could have been avoided with detailed information.