Getting into a live festival gig, to be among big name headliners is every aspiring musician’s dream. Performing in front of a large crowd would be the ultimate joy.
Unfortunately, 20% to 75% of those who apply get rejected.
How do you get booked? Here are ways to assess your chances:
First, do you know what the festival is all about? Not knowing enough about it, can get you on the spot. Second, is your brand of music or performance relevant to the festival? Is it of the same genre or style of the program?
Festival organizers usually book their headliners first. Then the remaining slots are up for grabs to talent, who may be fairly established or even to unknown artists. These slots are very competitive. Usually, no less than 1,000 artists and bands will be trying their luck at getting a slot in the program.
So how do you stand out?
Do you have great songs? Does your band play well?
Even if you say YES to both questions, it’s not enough to get booked in Musical Festivals. Your performance needs to rise above everyone else. It must be unforgettable. It must engage the audience in a powerful way. Remember, a big crowd will be watching.
Think about this: if you’ve had only a few gigs and haven’t released a professional recording, chances are you’re not ready to be part of a music festival. You may want not to waste your time in submitting an application. This will spare you embarrassing yourself or your band; and from having to deal with another rejection.
Keep them short and sweet but effective. What’s your band’s story? How is it relevant to the festival? The bio and samples are powerful tools to get the festival organizer’s attention. Invest in making them. They should be great representation of you talents. Spend some cash to get the best material. It’s an investment worth making for a chance to be part of a music festival.
In this day and age, presence in social media is a potent tool in building your career in music. Online presence will exhibit your success in connecting with people and it will show how big your fan base is.
It takes tireless practice to perfect your song or performance. It takes artist management skills to get booked in a musical festival and to be ready to be part of the show.