Pre-Show Communication Could Save Your Show… And Your Life

When you’re touring, or even playing local shows, there are a lot of moving parts.

Who’s supplying the sound system if the venue doesn’t have their own?

Are the bands sharing backline?

Can we bring our own lights?

These are just a sample of the questions you might need to ask… Ultimately, it’s up to you to have a list of questions to go over with the venues that you are going to play.

Listen now to find out more about advancing your shows to make sure they go as smoothly as possible!

What you’ll learn:

  • Why advancing shows is important for any production
  • What could go wrong if you don’t have backup plans
  • How you can learn a lesson from Santa Claus when it comes to touring
  • What you should know before you start the advance process
  • Why you need a stage plot
  • Why Van Halen really asked for brown M&Ms to be removed from their catering
  • How taking safety seriously can literally save your life
  • Why you need to be aware of the venue you’re playing and adjust your production accordingly
  • How having the right conversations can make your show better than ever

Listen now!

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