#1
My band is playing a pretty large gig, Headliners to be exact.

I was just wondering if you guys had any tips at all.

Have any of you guys played there?

My band has been together 4 years and already played around quite a bit, so we aren't actually that new to this.

But words of advice or encouragement?
#2
Try not to fall off stage, or offend the audience, or play wrong notes.
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Make sure your instruments are plugged in and the drummer has drumsticks.
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Just enjoy it.
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#8
Squat down REALLY low and headbang really fast. Try to look like a crab. Also jump in the air and lift your guitar over your head whilst kicking forward. You'll look SOOO COOL.

Serious answer: interact with the audience a bit, but not too much. move about a bit on stage. and yeah, don't play wrong notes :P
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Just enjoy it.

This.

Sounds like you guys are already experienced in playing shows, so just have fun with it.
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1. Realize the audience don't notice when you make mistakes

2. Have fun


Best advice so far... Have some effin fun
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#12
General rules of politeness, be nice to the sound guys, other bands, promoters etc. It will do you many favours in the long run.

Also, when my band headlines gigs, we always take a moment in our set to thank the support acts. This might sound cocky but being on the receiving end of gratitude, when supporting a bigger band is both rewarding and just plain awesome, IMHO. The bigger bands draw fans for the smaller bands, which is one of the benefits of supporting big bands, and if you help the support groups out, then bigger bands are more likely to return the favour.

As said before, really enjoy it. Its a great feeling, knowing that the majority of the crowd turned up to watch you and your band play.

Good luck with the gig, hope this helped
#14
Have fun have fun have fun... I know it has been said a ton of times, but really, it's the best advice out there.

PS: We will be having a gig in a week, and guess what I'll do? HAVE FUN!!!!!
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2. Have fun


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#17
shout UG FTW at the end of your set.

don't actually do that, just try and stay relaxed while putting on a good show. And don't fall
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Don't let your penis hang out. Unless you happen to be Rammstein, people won't enjoy it.
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#21
Establish your dominance

First thing I do when I go on stage is say "Dragonlance, bitches. Hail the fucking Soulforged"

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Establish your dominance

First thing I do when I go on stage is say "Dragonlance, bitches. Hail the fucking Soulforged"

If they're not down with Raistlin, kick em out

Smack them with your Staff of Magius.
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#25
Don't stick the penis out,also goes for Sabaton (yea,the lead singer did this at Graspop).

Smile!
I mean,show that you appreciate to be there (even if u don't..) and that you are having a good time.
I personally like a band more if you can see that they love what they're doing,this shows confidence!
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#27
1. Soundchecksoundchecksoundchecksoundcheck. I can't emphasize enough how important it is to get the levels just right, make sure the EQ is good and proper, that if something is dead or dying, you get a replacement before going on.

2. Spares. Something is going to happen. Have a backup when it does.

3. Stage presence. The audience doesn't care if you miss a note here or there as long as, on a whole, things sound rightish. How do you think everyone in the 60's and 70's got away just improvising? Jimmy Page would always jam the Stairway solo, arguably one of if not the most famous guitar solo ever. They are however going to care about entertainment value. If I have a choice between hitting some odd notes and putting on a show, I'm putting on a show; It's more fun, and the crowd will love it more. Nobody wants a band that plays everything precisely the same every time and just stands there, they want an energetic band that can take the concept recorded, then make it bring them to tears live.

4. Expanding on 3, the audience is your friend, not your enemy. If you're nervous, it'll show. Remember they want a good time too, they're there to cheer you on, not be a scolding eye.

5. Sign merchandise. It's a huge incentive to buy something if you can get the artist to sign it for you.

6. As said, have fun. That's what it's about at the end of the day.

You probably knew most of this since you've been going for a few years, but just in case.
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#28
Best thing I can say is just enjoy it like it were any other show. Only difference being that you need to be that much more animated and interactive since you're the headliner. No one goes to see the headliner just to see what should be a suppoting act. Good luck to you, and blow a hole in the roof!
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#29
1. Soundchecksoundchecksoundchecksoundcheck. I can't emphasize enough how important it is to get the levels just right, make sure the EQ is good and proper, that if something is dead or dying, you get a replacement before going on.


This. Make sure the singer's volumes are properly adjusted... almost every non-pro band I've seen had their singer's voice too soft or too loud.
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