#1
Hi,


I have just gotten this huge gig in front of 1000 people... it's like a little talent show, except the press and loads of stars are going to be there.

The only prob is that i have only done small gigs in front of 50 - 100 people (at family parties) and i get really nervous.

What could i do to reduce my nerves, and to ensure a 'tip top' performance? ( in feb '10 by the way)

Plus, i won't have a backing band... only backing track!!!


Thanks,
AJ
#3
I can recommend: A walk outside at night, drink some ginger tee before your performance and -if you haven´t done so till now: grow a full beard to hide behind (works pretty well for me!).
#4
1) Drink up if you can play drunk
or
2) Steel up and not be a bitch
or
3)drugs?
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#5
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try get some valium ir realy calmes you down and it works fast aswell

Yes, that's a great idea! Being dependant on drugs to perform is never a bad thing!
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#11
get laid.

and try to not be such a puss.

right before you go onstage, find the nearest hot chick and give her a big kiss, porno style.

...well, ok, so there's not a lot of kissing in porn, but you get the idea. then grab her ass and say "gimme yo digitz bitch!" then the show is nuthin'.
#12
With a crowd that size you can't make out faces, and usually you're on a raised stage (well I hope you are) so it will not be like the family bashes you have. It's actually easier to play to that size audience, you don't even have to look at them if you don't want.

Otherwise, make sure that you've practiced your set so much that you don't have to think about it when you get up. All you have to do is start it right and the rest will flow through.
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your just going to have to accept being nervous until you get on stage. once you start playing it'll go away (like it always does).
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#17
try and overhype it for yourself, that way when you actually get on stage you see its nothing you need to be nervous for.
Other than that i usually drink a few beers (not too many tho, just to get me in a good place, more loose). Im not usually nervous, i just get pumped.
If you know your set back to back im sure you will be more than allrite.
#18
The lights and the height of the stage should keep you blind enough to not see the audience (But not blind-blind where you can't see anything). You could try convincing yourself that it's only 10 times more people than you are normally used to. Don't focus on the number 1000, focus on 10 times 100, it doesn't sound so much.

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#19
Quote by ankthebank
Hi,


I have just gotten this huge gig in front of 1000 people... it's like a little talent show, except the press and loads of stars are going to be there.

The only prob is that i have only done small gigs in front of 50 - 100 people (at family parties) and i get really nervous.

What could i do to reduce my nerves, and to ensure a 'tip top' performance? ( in feb '10 by the way)

Plus, i won't have a backing band... only backing track!!!


Please tell me this 'talent show' isn't run by Emergenza, Surface Unsigned, Live And Unsigned, or anything similar?


In all honesty, I can't see why the hell you'd be given such a remotely good gig if you're that young, unprepared, or inexperienced.
And frankly, if your backing track is anything like the Guitar Pro MIDI files on your profile, you have precisely no idea of just how bad that's going to sound through the FOH system of a 1000-seater venue.

Sounds to me like you've bought a loud of PR bullshit, though if you've got any further information please feel free to share!
#20
Haha, it's not run by any of those people... my friend knows this guy who needed acts for his show. It's kind of like a variety show, just with a lot of publicity.

And don't worry, I won't be using my midis... probably cover a popular song (i may sing too), and might get a backing band if needbe.