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setting up first tour (uk / europe) any useful advice etc?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by roflol, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. were aiming to set up a tour around the uk and maybe europe any useful advice yo could give?
  2. gjsven


    Oct 6, 2007
    Canberra, Australia
    Endorsing Artist: Cutting Edge Guitars
    [puts on devil's advocate hat]

    Organising big tours is a great way to make your bandmates start hating each other and want to quit (been there, done that). Start small (local area tours) and work your way up until you're big enough to have someone else booking it all for you.

    Also be prepared to do a lot of work for gigs that don't eventuate!
  3. double-muff


    May 5, 2007
    prepare to go through alot of sh*t
  4. kevteop


    Feb 12, 2008
    York, UK
    1) Get a manager
    2) Ask him to organise it
    3) Blame him when the whole ordeal costs you thousands and you come home with half the gear you left with
  5. gjsven


    Oct 6, 2007
    Canberra, Australia
    Endorsing Artist: Cutting Edge Guitars
    Oh yes, I nearly forgot - big tours are an excellent way to fruitlessly dispose of any excess money you may have.
  6. makaky


    Mar 26, 2004
    Montreal Canada
    a 60 days canadian tour is what broke my old band. Bad organisation and we were living on the CD's and T-shirts sales...
  7. you need to hit the spots before you tour

    play a show or two around the areas you plan to tour to see whether or not the local area digs you

    if not don't bother adding a tour date there. do individual gigs around those areas first and base any and all tour dates around the crowd reaction and revenue

    shouldn't be that big of a deal aye?
  8. it's not going to be a massive tour just a few dates around france etc more of a road trip with gigging really. don't think we should have problems with falling out where all best mates
  9. know anybody in france?

    if you don't know someone within 50 miles of every place your going and you hit ****, it could get ugly
  10. Mr.Bassie720


    Feb 5, 2005
    Washington DC,Silver Spring,MD
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses
    There is an old saying here in Silver spring MD,USA. that says "The Devil is in the details". Meaning sweat the small stuff before you leave on your big adventure and things will go smoother as a result.Usually it is the job of the tour manager to do this but if you dont have a tour manager then remember things like picks(if you use them)strings ,backups for your gear, fuses ,duct tape ,headache remedys,condoms(I think you call them Johnnys)and so on...

    Good luck !!You never forget your first:)
  11. What about "riders?" Tech Rider and the other one (can't remember the name) that refers to what the clubs are going to do for the artists (water, green room, etc.)

    Who has those out there...?

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