#1
Booking question.
What's the best way to go about booking your bands first show(s)?
Do you contact venues and ask them to put you on an already established bill?
Do you talk to other bands and ask to play on some of their shows?
Please, explain everything to me in extreme depth.
#2
The easiest way is to talk to other bands and ask to play on some of their shows, if that's possible (if you know other bands personally).
Otherwise, contact venues that are looking for opening acts/have only one or two bands with more "TBA".

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#3
Yeah other bands, it's purely all about networking.

Get down to a few reputational venues in your area and chat to bands after there sets

If you rehearse at a studio talk to the owners at that place as they usually have a few networking tips to help one
#4
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The easiest way is to talk to other bands and ask to play on some of their shows, if that's possible (if you know other bands personally).
Otherwise, contact venues that are looking for opening acts/have only one or two bands with more "TBA".


And if you need contact numbers for venues, ask the other bands. Even if they can't put you on the bill with them at any gigs, most bands that play regularly will have a list of venues and contact details.
#5
The easiest way, is to contact the venues through social media sites like facebook, myspace, and reverbnation.

Currently, Facebook will probably be your best bet. Your band should have a facebook page, with a few demo tracks posted by syncing a reverbnation or myspace (new feature, myspace may be coming back) gadget to your facebook.

You can just send out mass solicitations to venues.

Ask them about getting placed as an opener at first, or some special event, e.g., metal band night, etc.

You can book a full schedule easily this way. It's how it's done these days. Rarely do people walk into a venue anymore.

Asking other bands only works if the venue gives them permission or requests them to construct the bill.