FOR AN ARTIST, TOURING CAN BE THE CULMINATION OF ALL THE HARD WORK YOU’VE PUT INTO YOUR MUSIC AND IT’S ALSO A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO GROW YOUR FANBASE. WHILE YOU’RE UNDERSTANDABLY EXCITED BY THE PROSPECT OF TOURING, THE RISK IS YOU’LL FORGET SOME ESSENTIAL ITEMS. SO WE’VE PREPARED THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES TO ENSURE YOU’RE FULLY EQUIPPED FOR GOING ON THE ROAD.
Practise, practise, practise. Run through the songs (on your own if you’re a solo artist or with your band) so that you’re confident about your performance. Think about how you want to present yourselves and how you wish to connect with your audience. This is very much a personal thing, so figure out how you might want to link your set list with a few phrases and, most importantly, remember where you are – it generally doesn’t go down too well greeting your audience with “Hello Hamburg!” when you’re actually in Cologne.
Check your equipment. Make sure that all your gear is in good working order before you set off on the road. Rather play it safe and bring too much equipment and also pack any spare cables or microphones in case of last minute breakages. And don’t forget your merchandise as this can be an important revenue stream, as well as a memento for your fans.
There’s no such thing as the ‘wrong weather’ just the ‘wrong clothing’ so take a range of clothes to cover all eventualities. It’s also a good idea to pack some healthy snacks, plus it’s a good way of saving money – most festivals take place miles from the nearest supermarket. Try to get enough sleep, drink plenty of water and keep yourself as healthy as possible. You want to avoid disappointing your fans by giving a poor performance or, worse still, having to cancel any dates from self-induced sickness.
A final piece of advice, have fun! Being on tour can be such a great experience. You might have to forgo a few home comforts, but you’ll have some memories to last you a lifetime.