Booking Artists and Groups:
We encourage Bookers to provide as much knowledge possible about your events and venues. Small details regarding Parking, Entrances, Exits, Bathrooms or Change rooms are essential to a performing artist, passing on any such knowledge of your venue will be a great help to your performer.
Tips for Artists & Performers:
Being seasoned performers ourselves, one crucial piece of advice we live by is "Know your venue. Know your stage. Make inquiries to know you can perform without your Bookers intervention."
There's a strong chance your Booker is not as savvy or experienced in your line of work as you. Rather than let the worst possible scenario unfold, do a 360 degree head check of all aspects relative to your ability to perform, make sure all your props are available and working at the time of event.
For example, in a typical scenario, say you're a comedian, you need a 'Microphone' and a 'Mic Cable' to plug into the Venues Sound-System, it's not a lot of equipment, Mics and Cables could fit into most shoulder bags. But, say you turn up to a gig where the Venues Microphone and / or Microphone Cable are old and has decided to stop working just before you start! ...well, in this example, you have a back-up spare 'Mic' and can do your gig, crisis averted.
Without it, the venue 9/10 times won't have another and it's at this point panic starts to set in, the next thing you know somsone has to drive somewhere to get a replacement, the start time is now behind you and you can't do the show at all, in some cases. So best avoid that situation as best you can and 'be prepared' for it.
It's good practise to ask the questions "Will I need an extension lead?", "A power board?", "Cable Connectors, XLR to 1/4inc?" "Do they have a PA system?" "Are they expecting me to bring a mixing console?". If you ask these sorts of questions during negotiations, chances are you will avert those kinds of nightmare scenarios.
The Gigglr Team