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4 Ways To Improve Your Band’s Stage Presence At Shows

10'x10' Stage Backdrop

Every band looks for ways to improve their shows on stage for your gigs, large and small. Stage presence is critical to your performance, since the visual experience makes a critical difference in the overall quality of the show and the music.

Here are four great ways to improve your band’s stage presence:

1. Get A Band Backdrop Or Stage Scrims

Custom band backdrops (or stage backdrops) and custom stage scrims are super ways to instantly amp up your shows. Custom band scrims and band backdrops are inexpensive, so any size band – even a brand new, up-and-coming band – can improve their stage presence with an affordable stage backdrop or a set of stage scrims. We know – we are biased. But it’s true, a backdrop or scrims can do amazing things for any band.

For sizes, we recommend 6’x6’ for the stage scrims, and for the stage backdrop you can consider 8’x10’, 10’x15’, 20’x25’ or any size in between or above. Give us a shout – Mendy would love to talk with you to find the right size for your band.

2. Practice Your Moves

At Northcoast Banners, we believe that great performance on stage at your shows is 90 percent preparation and 10 percent execution. Practicing your movements on stage and the specific synchronicity of your moves and your music is absolutely critical – BEFORE your shows.

We have worked with hundreds of bands on their stage backdrops and band scrims, and we’ve watched their shows with their band backdrops or stage scrims in action. We have learned a key lesson: regardless of how well designed the stage backdrop is or how awesome the music sounds, the movements on stage and general vibe from the band members bodies can make the show fly or die. So practice, practice, practice.

3. Design A Stunning Band Backdrop Or Band Scrims

Having seen hundreds of designs from hundreds of bands across the US and Canada, we have gained a lot of insight into what good design looks like – specifically for bands. We have learned:

• Bright colors that contrast sharply against each other create a sharp, vibrant design that will be noticed by everyone in your audience – even in low light venues
• Pastel colors – soft colors like pink, grey, green and purple – blend in with each other and do NOT pop on stage, especially in low-light venues
• Simplicity is best, and less is more. Keep it really simple and minimal, because the less that is on the stage backdrop or stage scrims, the more your actual logo will POP in your fan’s eyeballs.

4. Practice Your Music

This one sounds pretty obvious, but unfortunately many bands miss this foundational point entirely. Music is about practicing – performing is about executing. Your band needs to view the performance on stage – and the stage presence – as the act of execution. If you take this approach, your band will focus a lot more on practicing as a goal in and of itself. Then, the rest (playing on stage) is cakewalk.

Want more tips or information about buying a custom band backdrop or stage scrims for your band? Let us know – we’ll be happy to talk with your band.

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10 Amazing Photos Of Band Backdrops And Stage Scrims

We love printing band backdrops and stage scrims for bands. What’s more, we love seeing insanely cool action photos of our band backdrops and scrims on stage, being used by the amazing bands that we love working with. Here’s 12 amazing photos of some of the stage backdrops and band scrims we’ve recently printed for bands all over the US and Canada.

1. Big Mama Band Backdrop for Icon For Hire

This 20’x25′ is just a killer stage backdrop: it’s HUGE, and you’re guaranteed that every single person in your audience will remember your logo if they turn up this show.

Stage backdrop 20'x25'

2. Bright Colors On Outdoor Stage Scrims for Skya = Makes An Impact

Syka got some beautiful 6’x6′ stage scrims from us over a year ago. This is just a stunning example of how a set of scrims can make your band look really, really sharp on stage.

Syka stage scrims

3. Bad Habitz Wins A Stage Backdrop And Designs It Beautifully

Bad Habitz won a free stage backdrop in our recent Special. They did an incredible job on the artwork, you can clearly see how much of a difference this beautifully designed banner makes on stage.

8x10 stage backdrop

4. 3 Pill Morning 8’x8’s – This One Is Just Awesome

This photo is perhaps one the most killer photos I’ve seen of our stage banners – just, wow!

8'x8' stage backrop

5. Daybreak Design POPS In Your Eyeballs In These 6’x6’s

Daybreak just got these banners last week – they are a pair of 6’x6 band scrims, and we’re confident they’ll be seeing a bigger crowd now that they have such an eye-pleasing image on stage.

6'x6' stage scrims

6. Ghostship With Their 8’x12′ Stage Backdrop

This dye sublimated poly poplin banner is just stunning – we love their bright design and how this size fits their stage perfectly. Colors will pop strongly on our dye sub poly poplin material, which is a beautiful fabric for banners.

8x12 band backdrop

7. Beyond Fate Goes Wild With Their Stage Scrims

They got the right idea: stage scrims equals have a lot of fun on stage.

6x6 stage scrims

8. Tuscan Road OWNS This Stage

Tuscan Road got a pair of beautiful 3’x7’s and a 12’x15 for this stage set up. They literally own this stage with their unique music, look and feel.

15x12 and 3x7 stage banners

9. 23 EXP Looks Fantastic With Vertical Banners

23 EXP understands the beauty of vertical banners – they don’t take up a whole lot of space on a small stage, and these 3’x6′ vertical banners look amazing and will have a huge impact at any show. Notice how they make the stage look exciting and fun, while not taking up precious space. This can work for even very small clubs and bars, where you may not have room for larger band scrims or a stage backdrop.

3x7 stage vertical banners

10. Design That Pops On 6’x6′ Stage Scrims – Ghostfeeders

Ghostfeeders designed their banner really simple, and you can see how a simple design POPS really well even it very dimly lit venues with their 6’x6′ band scrims.

6'x6' band scrims

That’s a wrap! For more photos, check out our gallery. If you’d like to get your own band backdrop or stage scrims, please email Mendy – I’d be happy to work with your band on the perfect size for your shows.

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Stage Scrims That Look Great At Outdoor Shows

Stage scrims look great indoors in small clubs and bars. In fact, a well-designed band scrim can make for a great stage backdrop or scrim even in a large outdoor venue. Here’s some tips for buying stage and band scrims.

1. Consider your budget

For new and up and coming bands, it’s important to consider your budget before you make any investment. It can be tough starting out, so that’s why we created a Touring Band Special on our band scrims – click here to learn more about the specials. 6’x6′ is our most popular size for stage scrims, and they look great on stage.

2. Prepare your design before you buy a stage banner

Take the time work with a good graphic designer on our band scrim design. Make sure your logo or artwork for your stage backdrop contrasts sharply so that your colors POP. We have some great tips for designing a banner.

3. Buy the right size stage backdrop or scrim

It’s critical to consider how you will use your stage backdrops or band scrims. Do you play indoors mostly, at bars and nightclubs? Or does your band get a lot of outdoor shows at festivals? Think about how much space you’ll have on the stage to set up your stage backdrop, and how you will hang the stage banner.

Here’s some great photos of stage scrims being used indoors and outdoors.

band scrims - syka Syka Stage Backdrop stage scrim within the myth

 

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Aranda Covers Sweet Child O’ Mine

Aranda, a fantastic rock band just posted this awesome video of their cover of Sweet Child O’ Mine with our stage scrims on stage. This video is a great representation of how powerful a set of 6’x6′ stage scrims can be even on a large outdoor stage.

To learn more about band scrims, click here.