We have done a few gigs and we have a massive headline gig in September. We did the same headline gig in the o2 academy in Liverpool to our friends and friends of the other bands we had on the bill but this next one coming up we need to play not just to our friends, we need to build a bigger fan base.

Would getting a promotor or manager be the best way to do this? Has anyone had any experiences good or bad or any tips and advice to share?


P.S - We have our own EP and regularly advertise gigs on social media but I feel our friends will start to get sick of coming down to every show we do and us going on all the time on facebook.
If you've only played a handful of gigs and are a "new" band with little or no prior band experience, then no. You don't need a manager/promoter at this point and you probably won't for some time.

Build your fan base by playing as many gigs as possible in the first year or so of being a band. Network with bands and venues and play as many times as you possibly can. Make it a point to mingle with people at your gigs, and on stage make sure to drive people to your social media platforms.

Is your EP available on CD's? Do you have other merch? A reliable form of band transportation? These are much more important at this point in your band's life than a manager.
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I've actually had the privilege of speaking to quite a lot of professionals in the industry, managers, promoters and record label owners, and they've all said the same thing. A good manager generally won't touch bands that don't have a proven fanbase, their job isn't to baby you through the band process and get you fans, it's to make sure you stay successful, so you can keep making them money. If you're just headlining the O2 Academy (as many unsigned bands do) and play to family and friends, no manager is going to want to touch you, and the only managers that will touch you will likely be there to take your money and leave you dead in the water before moving onto another unsigned band. You need to be getting support slots on your own, touring the country (I'm in England, myself, it's not a big country), getting to know more established bands and selling your material. You need to be making money, a good manager will work hard to get you great gigs, but they are ultimately doing it so that they have more money in their bank accounts, if you've barely got any money coming in, why should a manager spend time and effort?
Last edited by CelestialGuitar at Jul 16, 2013,
Stop headlining.

You need to network so that you can get gigs supporting bands bigger than you in the area you are gigging. In theory they should pull a bigger crowd and hopefully they will like you and your fanbase will grow. It's not as black and white as that, but it should help.