Category : Gigging

Gigging

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Sound Check

“My Monitors were far too loud” I said to the Sound Engineer. “They almost blew my ears off!”

“Sorry mate” he said, “But my mind reading skills are really crap today – maybe they will be better the next time you use my gear”.

I remember playing at a festival in Luton and the P.A. system was massive. The speakers had COLDPLAY stencilled on the side in large white lettering and there were 2 huge screens either side of the stage displayed video images of our band. It was the nearest I would ever get to playing at a major gig in front of thousands of people and I was loving it.

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Grow Your Own Gig

Steve Knightley

Steve Knightley is a Singer Songwriter based in the South West of the UK and performs both as a solo artist and as part of the duo Show Of Hands with super musician Phil Beer. If you haven’t heard of Steve Knightley, Show Of Hands or Phil Beer I can safely say they are massive in the folk world.

In 2014 Steve Knightley came up with the “Grow Your Own Gig” concept, which involved individual fans organising Steve Knightley gigs in village halls as part of a tour throughout the UK. Their fans actually organised over 75 gigs – a phenomenal amount of concerts.

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Tuning

Guitar Tuner App

You can be a greatest musician in the world but unless your instrument is in tune no one is going to book you more than once. However, if you spend half your set tuning up, no one will enjoy your performance either. 

Audiences don’t mind if you have to tune up in the middle of your set, but they expect you to be in tune at the beginning of your set. I find it very difficult to re-tune a guitar while talking to an audience. I once broke a string on stage and then spent about 10 minutes tuning up only to discover than I had put a G string on the 4th string which meant that the guitar was impossible to tune up.

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Kevin Costner Was Very lucky to Have People Turn Up To His Corn Field

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“Build it and they will come”. Fields of Dreams

In the 1989 movie the lead character played by Kevin Costner strolls about his crop field and he hears a voice saying “If you build it, he will come”. After having visions he builds a baseball field and miraculously he gets loads of people turn up to watch the game he had arranged.  And all this was without Twitter, Facebook or a website.

However….. putting on a gig is not like this!

If you want people to turn up to your gig, you need to tell people about it. People won’t come unless you tell them.

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How To Construct Your Set List? Start At The End

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Performing as part of the Harvey Duo, Alan Harvey and I once spent ages before a gig deciding in what order to play our songs. Just for fun, on this one occasion, we agreed to perform our songs in strict alphabetical order starting with Another Cup Of Coffee by Mike & The Mechanics. It worked perfectly until we got to end the gig. We couldn’t think of a decent finisher ending with the letter Z!

What is the best way to construct a set list? We started from the end and work backwards!

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