5 Etiquette Tips When Sharing the Bill With Another Band

5 Etiquette Tips When Sharing the Bill with another Band

By Benjamin Hoffman

The ChicsMost of us who’ve played in bars have had to share the stage with another band (even ones we didn’t know) at one point or another. While it may not be the ideal situation, it does seem virtually inevitable. To make things run smoother for all involved, I’ve come up with five little etiquette tips. Some of these are based on my own experiences. Some are based off of observations I’ve made at other shows. ALL are guaranteed to make you go triple platinum.*note

1. Show up early and get loaded in. Even if you know that the other band is playing first, you’ll look like a total douche if you’re loading in while the other band is playing. It’s disrespectful and I’m sure you wouldn’t want it to happen to you. There’s plenty of time to drink beer and pretend you have groupies once your gear is in the building.

2. Frequently there isn’t much time allotted between bands at these types of shows. When your band finishes, break down and get off the stage as quickly as possible. That being said, the reverse holds true as well. If you’re the second band, do not start setting up on top of the first band. It’s rude and could lead to haymakers and uppercuts.

3. Once you finish playing don’t pack your gear and head for the highway. Stick around and give the other band(s) a listen. Not only is it the courteous thing to do, but you may just discover some new music you enjoy. If you brought a crowd, encourage your friends to stick around as well. Everyone loves playing to a packed house. Just like with loading in, you’ll also look like a total douche if you’re loading out while the other band is playing.

4. Communicate with the other band(s). Even if you don’t know each other, things will run more smoothly with a little good old fashioned communication. This can help prevent the arguments as to who’s going on when, how much time each band has, etc, if these things are not predetermined by the establishment (which often times it is not). Remember, it’s not a contest and the other band is not your enemy (unless it’s a battle of the bands, in which case it is a contest, and you should probably punch your enemy in the mouth).

5. Thank the other band(s) at the end of the night. Tell them you liked their music, even if you didn’t. Tell them you had a really great time sharing the bill with them, even if you didn’t. This could help preserve connections to future gigs and is the overall nice guy/white lie thing to do. Seal it with a smile and a handshake. Remember to make sure that all your imaginary groupies are all accounted for before hitting the road and BUCKLE UP!

*Based on no actual guarantee. Benjamin assumes no responsibility for your mediocre album sales figures.

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