#1
Okay, my band's first gig is coming up.
And i'm wondering if there are "standards" about the position of people on stage.

We have a singer (girl), two guitar players (a guy [="me"] and a girl), a bass player and a drummer (both guys).

From the audience's point of view, what should be the order?
(the standard positions, because we'll move around a bit on stage)

I know that the drummer usually is on the center back and the singer is in front of the drums... But what about the others?
Something like this (Pearl Jam style)?:
Guitar [me] - Bass - Singer/Drummer (front/back) - Guitar [girl]

Oh, by the way, we are a gothic rock/metal band.
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#2
stand beside the chicks man!!!!!!
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#3
woah woah woah my friend to many chicks in the band.....and guitars go opposte side bass on the right on the drums and drumms behind singer
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#5
Your band members can position themselves anywhere on stage man!

Black Sabbath used to have Tony Iommi in the middle and Ozzy to the side, and there is not set position to put your band members except of course putting your drummer at the back for the sake of his kit.

Do whatever your band feels comfortable with, I like playing next to the Keyboardist and the Lead singer/Rhythm guitarist in my band.
#7
I like against me!'s setup which is


Lead Singer/Rhythm Lead Guitar Bass
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Your band members can position themselves anywhere on stage man!

Black Sabbath used to have Tony Iommi in the middle and Ozzy to the side, and there is not set position to put your band members except of course putting your drummer at the back for the sake of his kit.

Do whatever your band feels comfortable with, I like playing next to the Keyboardist and the Lead singer/Rhythm guitarist in my band.



Pretty much this right here; It's all about what feels comfortable to you/your band....of course, it also must work with the soundguy/venue (which I don't see there being many issues here). Do what feels good basically.
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#10
Quote by Headcrusher!
Your band members can position themselves anywhere on stage man!

Black Sabbath used to have Tony Iommi in the middle and Ozzy to the side, and there is not set position to put your band members except of course putting your drummer at the back for the sake of his kit.

Do whatever your band feels comfortable with, I like playing next to the Keyboardist and the Lead singer/Rhythm guitarist in my band.


Exactly.

Your setup looks fine. Don't worry about it.
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#11
Generally I find when I'm playing bass in smaller gigs that I like to be on the drummer's left (the snare side) so i can hear the high hat and the snare better and therefore lock in better. The only downside of this is the fact that the vibrations from the bass amp will make the snare vibrate when it's not being played, but it's easily sortable just by the drummer turning the snare off when it's not being played..
#12
If you are really thinking about moving around the stage (which I doubt because it's your first gig, as soon as you get on stage you'll know what I mean) the order doesn't really matter as long as the singer is either on the center or in far right (or left) and the drummer in the center, but behind everyone else.

If you're not going to move around the stage, and since you're a 5 piece band, the singer should be in the far right (or left), with the lead and rhythm guitarist on the center (while making sure the drummer is visible) and the bassist on the other end.

It's the setup I recommend, personally I would hate to go to a show with the singer in the center (i'm the vocalist of my band myself) making the others look like background objects.
#13
My last band would set up like Despisedicon's layout but we had a fiddler or keyboard player (at different times) instead of the 2nd guitarist.
The important thing is that for singer, guitar and bass these positions are not static. Move around. Look like you enjoy working together (even if you don't) and the crowd will get a fun vibe going along with you.
My mates band would end up with singer on the bassists shoulders and guitarist on the guitar-synth guys shoulders, then do a sort of arial mosh sequence while still playing.
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#14
Don't worry about it till you get there, then work with the available space. Theres one pub in town where the stage is too shallow to put the drums in the back, and its in an unusual place in the pub, so we go like this:

Singer/Guitarist - Bassist - Guitarist - Drummer

Nobody minds:P