If you’re just starting out in the music industry, one of the first things you’ll probably be trying to do is get hired to play shows. Live shows are the best way to get noticed and market yourself.

Your sound, style, and musical genre need a fan base — and the only way to acquire that is by playing local events, gigs, and parties. There are many different events that require a live band; and you should hit as many of them as you can.

There are four basic avenues for live band performance.

1. Weddings

What is a wedding without a live band? One of the first items in planning a wedding is hiring the band for the event. This is where you’ll have to be on your toes.

If you are interested in playing this sort of event, you’ll want to keep up with all the latest classified ads and event notifications on social sites. Also, pay attention to any friends who are making plans for weddings; you’d be surprised by how many people are searching for live entertainment for a wedding. This kind of event gets you seen by hundreds of strangers.

2. Local clubs

Madonna started out in the local clubs of New York. Many others found their way to stardom by playing at local, unknown establishments.

What your band needs is exposure. Success lies in getting seen by the right people. Agents drop into small clubs looking for new, promising talent. At the right time and the right place, your band could get snatched up and reach levels of celebrity status in no time.

3. Festivals

Festival coordinators are always looking for new blood to open for bigger bands and performers. Many times, these professionals will promote and pay all entertainment that they schedule to play at these events.

Festivals handle the publicity and provide a great opportunity to get your feet wet in performing.

4. Parties

Of course parties need a live band: what party would be complete without one? Whether it’s a party for a holiday, an office event, or just to celebrate the weekend, there’s always a need for a reputable band.

At these events, cover bands are always quite popular. Since many songs have gained mass popularity, any band willing to cover well-known favorites has a better chance of getting hired for an event.

Live performances are important to the life of a band. Whether you are just starting our or you just want to grow your fan base, playing events is the perfect route to stardom.


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