Here at The Wedgewood Rooms we get lots of enquiries from local bands after support slots. Hopefully with this blog we can give you a solid few tips that can help you increase your band’s chances of getting those slots.
Number 1: Nearly every time we are informed by an agent that they want a local support, we will advertise it on social media. When we do this, it is extremely important that you only put yourself forward if you believe A) you would be a brilliant musical fit for the show, and B) that you will be able to promote it properly.
It is far better to wait for the slot you think you would best suit your band, and ensure that you have no other dates around it, than putting yourself forward for every show. Playing to an audience of 150 people who are interested in your genre of music, is way more beneficial to artists than playing to 400 that aren’t.
Number 2: Follow the instructions on our posts for support bands carefully. By this we mean, if it says post links, or email a certain address, please do so. Messaging us on Facebook at 1am is not the best way to get your band out there. We need sleep too.
Number 3: Only apply if you are local, I.E within a 20 mile radius. We understand the importance support slots have to local bands, so we ensure that they are the ones that get them. Whilst we know there are amazing bands in other cities throughout the UK, this is our way of helping develop the talent within our city.
Number 4: Make sure you have good quality recordings – this is hugely important. As well as a professionally maintained social media presence, having quality recordings helps massively in getting a support slot. Contrary to popular belief we do not chose the support acts for our shows, they’re chosen by the headline band and their agent. You never know who might be listening to your music or checking out your profile, so keep things professional. Live videos are also a great indicator as to how you will go down on the bill.
Number 5: If you get the slot make sure you work hard promoting the show. First and foremost our main concern as a venue is getting the ‘right’ band for the bill. We don’t put forward local bands based on an expectation that they’ll bring 400 people however, selling some tickets goes a huge way towards benefiting your reputation with the promoter, agent and band.