Playing Your First Festival – part 1

Picture of an open-air stage at a music festival

Are you playing your first green-field music festival or outdoor show this summer? Not quite sure how it all works on the other side of the ‘Artists Only’ sign? Don’t worry; help is at hand. In an extract from his book on playing your first music festival,  concert tour manager & live sound engineer, Andy … Read more…

Do you use Linkedin to get freelance work? If not, it might be time to do so now.

A picture of the front page of Profinder, from LinkedIn, in May 2016

Do you use Linkedin? Linkedin has never been that popular with musicians, sound engineers, and other creative types, but things are changing, and you should definitely have a look at LinkedIn now as part of your work-finding strategy. LinkedIn has always been the business networking and job finding site and has, in recent years, added … Read more…

23 Things I Learnt At ILMC 28

23 things Andy Reynolds learnt at ILMC 28

The International Live Music Conference (ILMC) takes place every year in London, and attracts booking agents, concert promoters, artist managers, tech companies and suppliers from all over the world for three days of panels, workshops and networking events. Incorporated into the ILMC is the ILMC Production Meeting (IPM), a one-day conference, where specific concert production … Read more…

How to advance a tour – advice from Billy Reed, tour manager

Screenshot of computer folder from tour manager Billy Reed

Billy Reed, a tour manager, has written some great articles, detailing his approach to tour pre-production, advancing and other tour related activities, on his blog here. You will find this advice really useful, especially if you can’t afford a tour manager yet, and are doing all the pre-production  for your shows yourself. He also relates … Read more…