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

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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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Bad Habitz Wins A Band Backdrop In Our Special!

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Bad Habitz, an up-and-coming youth band just won BIG – they got a free band backdrop from Northcoast Banners a few weeks ago. We offered a free set of band scrims or a band backdrop, and their new stage backdrop looks stunning.

Mendy, our bands manager worked closely with the band to ensure their banner looked perfect.
“Northcoast has been THE BEST throughout the entire process of obtaining our backdrop,” says Jon-Paul LeClair, from Bad Habitz.

“Mendy and the crew at Northcoast are driven to absolute customer commitment.”

Band scrims and band backdrops are important to us, because we know that these stage banners will make a huge difference for your band at every gig. That’s why we focus on getting every detail right. We work directly with you make sure your needs are met. We always print your stage backdrop promptly and ship them out to you for delivery on time for your gigs. LeClair agrees. “Wow! You cannot ask for a better company committed to excellence than Northcoast. It is THE place to get your stage scrims and backdrops. You will NOT be disappointed,” he beams.

To learn more or for a quote, please email Mendy or Request A Quote.

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Cornbred Gets A Beautiful 6’x8′ Band Backdrop

6’x8′ band backdrops are necessity for small and mid-size bands, and Cornbred, a rock and roll band that blends rock, pop and southern sounds knows this fact.

They just purchased their spankind new stage backdrop from Mendy, the bands manager at Northcoast Banners, and they are “loving our banner,” says Jon Cowart a member of the band.

Cornbred’s brand new song “Tonight” was recently released, watch this awesome music video here. You can also hit them up on Facebook.

Band scrims and backdrops are a tremendous asset on stage, so even if you’re band cannot afford a large format band backdrop, consider our 6’x8′ stage backdrop or a similar size. These backdrops will enhance loyalty to your brand at any gig, wherever you play. Your logo will stand out across the show and reach the eyeballs of every person in your audience.

Give us a shout if you’d like more information about pricing, sizes and how your band can get set up with a new stage backdrop today!

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How To Set Up A Band Backdrop With Grommets And Pole Pockets

There are several ways to set up your band backdrop or stage scrims. When buying band backdrops, make sure to inquire about the finishings, as these are very important for your setup before shows.

Grommets

Our stage backdrops and stage scrims can be customized with grommets along every two feet, on all four sides of the band backdrop or scrim. These are very handy, as they can be used to hang your banner just about any way possible at any venue. All you need is a piece of cord to thread through the grommets, and you will be set up anywhere you go. We generally advise grommets on every banner, just to ensure that you’ll always have this option if you need it.

Pole Pockets

2.5″ pole pockets on top and bottom of your stage banner are popular ways to hang your stage backdrop. Stage scrims and stage backdrops look great on a clean smart stage stand. You can use a stage stand to hang your banners using our simple and easy video that shows you how to create a stage stand in minutes, with about $15 in PVC piping.

Velcro

We can provide the option of velcro strips along the back of your stage backdrops, so you can easily stick them up. This is especially handy with small stage banners.

Please contact Mendy to learn more about finishings for your band backdrops, I’ll be happy to help.

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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.

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