#1
So, my band is playing a local festival at the end of August. I know festivals don't have sound checks. How'd you ensure everyone is at the right volume without going straight into a song? This is our first gig as a band and I really want it to go smoothly.

Any other tips for playing festivals?
#3
You'll do a quick line-check probably.

Or you'll sound shit on the first song while the sound guy sorts your sound out.
So be nice to him so he'll have an incentive to do a good job!
#4
Try having the whole band playing a riff/intro from a song to "sound-check" before you start your first song.
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First gig as a band and your ding a festival.......walking before crawling springs to mind but all the best
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#6
some festivals have soundcheck, especially to set the drum volume level, its just that theyre not usually done by the band, but by techs.
Either way, if they let you do the soundcheck, why not do it just because its a festival? the problem will be if they dont let you do it, are you the first band playing? if so there should be no problem in letting you do the soundcheck, even if hours before the show
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So, my band is playing a local festival at the end of August. I know festivals don't have sound checks. How'd you ensure everyone is at the right volume without going straight into a song? This is our first gig as a band and I really want it to go smoothly.

Any other tips for playing festivals?

Do it before the festival to get everything set. If you don't touch anything, your amps should be good.

Too bad it never works like this
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First gig as a band and your ding a festival.......walking before crawling springs to mind but all the best

We've done lots of rehearsals and stuff and we're pretty tight. We've all been playing long enough to do a good job.
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Nice job getting your first gig

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First gig as a band and your ding a festival.......walking before crawling springs to mind but all the best

actually, i find people are a lot less picky about music at a festival (probably something to do with drugs). my dub band just did its first gig at a world music festival on the isle of wight this weekend, we went down REALLY well, sold 7 cds and for some reason were asked to sign 4 autographs. i don't think we'd have got such a good reception at a normal gig venue.

congrats, ts. my tip - walk around the campsite an hour or 2 before your set, make friends with as many people as possible, and tell them to come see you. offer free food and people will come for that if nothing else.
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