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7 Ways Ensure You Never Get Invited Back to a Venue – hypebot

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You
scored a gig
? Several gigs? Oh, you’ve been gigging for
years? Whatever the case may be, awesome! But newbies
and seasoned acts alike are forever subject to the good graces
of venue owners
and booking
agents
.

             
                 
                 
                 
     

Guest Post by Johni Jackson on
Sonicbids Blog

Maybe it’s common sense to most, but it bears
repeating: don’t blow your chances of being invited back
by committing one of these seven deadly gig etiquette sins.

1. Breaking or stealing equipment

If you broke a mic on purpose, well, you’re a jerk. If you
damaged something by accident, however, you’re only a jerk if
you know what you’ve done and left without saying anything. You
might be worried that the owner will make you pay for repairs
or replacement. They might. But pretending it didn’t
happen won’t help you – trust me, they’ll know who was
responsible, and they’ll find you. And they’ll be even
angrier if you try to act like it wasn’t your fault. Your best
bet in this situation is to be up front. Otherwise, you’re
likely to be blacklisted. Same rules with breaking equipment:
if you did it on purpose, you’re dunzo. (And again, they will
find you.)

Sometimes, however, in the rush of packing up, bands
accidentally take things that don’t belong to them. Or maybe
it’s not by accident, and I’m just a sucker. The few times it’s
happened at my venue, the items were found and returned after
we reached out. I haven’t added them to my mental “problem
bands” list, but other venue owners might not be so forgiving.
If you’re prone to picking up equipment that doesn’t belong to
you, try labeling all of your gear.

2. Abusing the guest list

One guest per band member is a generous norm, and that list
should be provided well before showtime. If you don’t adhere to
those standards, you’re risking a scenario that’s
irritating for all involved: a bunch of your friends waiting
awkwardly at the door calling you repeatedly so you can get
them in for free.

3. Asking for free drinks

Was there a cooler of free booze waiting for you backstage?
Cool! If not, it’s likely the venue simply doesn’t provide that
for every band. It’s not exactly bad manners to ask if the
band gets a tab, but if the answer’s no, leave it at
that. And don’t get plastered on your own dime and start
asking about it again once you run out of cash.

4. Getting sloppy drunk


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A lot of bands want to party like
they’re a young (and sometimes of this age) Keith Morris. But,
you know, you’re not Keith
Morris
. Especially if you’re still in the fledgling
stages of your career, it’s safer to keep things
professional. Temper your booze intake to avoid making a
fool of yourself.

5. Showing up late

Find out once the date is confirmed when you’re supposed to
load in and soundcheck to ensure you can comply. Sticking
to the schedule is an incredibly easy boost to your perceived
professionalism. Planning
ahead
 helps.

6. Having a poor attitude or lacking enthusiasm

We’ve discussed tips for playing
your best show ever
, like warming up and meditating to ease
your nerves. You were planning on giving it your best already,
right? Of course you were. But in not-so-ideal situations, like
where turnout is low or there’s a lingering argument within the
band, it’s natural to struggle with letting your discouragement
show onstage. You absolutely have to overcome it, though,
and play as well as you can every time, regardless of what’s
gone awry. You’re already there – why not make the most of
it?

7. Clashing with anyone – yes, anyone – at the venue


Working amicably and professionally with the venue
owner
 and sound
engineer
 is a given, but are you always courteous to
the door guy? What about the bartenders? For venue owners,
that’s their team, the crew they rely on. Folks at the show
might also be dear to the venue owner and associated
parties. A bad attitude towards or, even worse, an
argument with anyone during your gig could give the right
people the wrong impression. Even if you think you’re
justified in whatever situation it may be, try to keep it
chill.

Here are a few more quick (but important)
tips:

  • Make sure everyone’s pumped about the show to avoid any “I
    don’t wanna be here” ‘tudes
  • Bring plenty of backup supplies (e.g., strings and
    drumsticks)
  • Don’t rely on any gear that’s been on the fritz (Murphy’s
    Law)

Jhoni Jackson is an Atlanta-bred
music journalist currently based in San Juan, Puerto Rico,
where she juggles owning a venue called Club 77, freelance
writing and, of course, going to the beach as often as
possible.

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