Talking Shit

Six Tips to Help You Book Your Own Tour

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The open road is calling your name.
By Drew Ailes

As musicians love to explain to anyone stupid enough to listen to them, organizing and playing shows can be a lot of work for little reward. In addition to wrangling multiple groups of morons in the same room at the same time, setting up shows also requires dealing with various disorganized idiots on the booking end of things. Keeping that in mind, setting up 20 consecutive shows across an entire country means booking a tour can seem nearly impossible.

Rather than let musicians waste their money at some hip store that sells Imagine Dragons vinyl, neon fingerless gloves, and dumb coffee table books on how to be a musician, I'm generously dispensing six basic tips to help bands hit the road.

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