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How To Buy Band Banners

Band banners are a fantastic way to gain instant brand recognition for your band. With the right design and right material, your band banner is one the ABC’s for any band. Here’s some great tips to making the right choices for your banners.Band Banners 4

1. What Design Will You Have On Your Band Banner?

 

Your first step is design. Many bands will use their album artwork for their banners, but a large percentage will design specifically for their band banners. What looks good on a 12″x12″ album cover may not look good at all at a 10 foot wide banner, let alone a 15 or 20 foot wide band banner. We recommend using sharp colors that contrast well with each other – like black and white, red on black, yellow on blue and so on. Using pastel colors, like green on brown, pinks, rose, and gray will camouflage your logo or message. We’ve got a great article with design tips that you should probably check out.

A band banner is just like a street sign: it must communicate a specific message! It is critical to remember the message that you want your audience to see, and if you do it right they will walk out of the show with your band’s logo emblazoned in their eyeballs.

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2. What Size Banner Is Right For Your Band?

 

You’d never walk around in size 10 shoes if your foot fits size 8, so don’t do that with your band banner! Call the venues you play at most often and find out the size of the stages, then gather the numbers and pick a band banner that fits most of the clubs or festivals you’ll be playing at. Typically, large outdoor summer festivals can handle 20 foot or even 30 foot stage backdrops, while indoor venues can range anywhere between 5 or 6 feet wide and up.

Of course, the size of your band banner is the greatest factor in the price, so keep your budget in mind and check out some pricing ideas.

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3. How Will You Set Up Your Stage (And Your Band Banners)?

There are TWO main ways bands use banners: as scrims, set up on either side of the drummer (often called band scrims, stage scrims or amp scrims) and secondly, as a backdrop behind the drummer. When you’re touring a lot of smaller venues, stage scrims are often the easiest and most convenient type of band banner: you can set up two 6’x6′ scrims at almost any venue, even the really small ones!

But if you’re on summer tour, a backdrop is the best option; you can go big, really big on some of those outdoor summer festival stages.

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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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Winners Of A Stunning Set Of 6’x6′ Band Scrims Or Stage Backdrop!

Here’s the winners of our latest special!

If You Won

Email Mendy by clicking here to claim your prize! You’re about to look like a real class act on stage with your stunning scrims or a backdrop.

If You Weren’t Lucky Today You Can Be Lucky Tomorrow

It’s really easy to order a set of scrims with us – and very affordable. We’ve got some great prices for scrims for your band, so email me today and get your scrims so you can legit at every single show!

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What Do Our Customers Say?

Why choose Northcoast Banners for your band’s Stage Backdrops and Band Scrims? Learn what our customers say about our stage banners.

Ryan Maloney, Chemicals of Democracy:

Stage Backdrops“You and your team did a GREAT job with the C.O.D. banner.  From the first phone call with one of your representatives to receiving the banner in exactly the way we expected it…  it was a great experience!”

Scott Trudeau, Tribute, a celebration of Allman Brothers:

Stage Backdrops“Everyone in the band and all our family, friends and fans were blown away with how good our backdrop looked. So, from all of us, THANK YOU! We are so happy with the banners you made for us several months ago. We’ve been using those and have received plenty of compliments on them!”

Jon-Paul LeClair, Bad Habitz:
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“The banner looked great – as always! We’re so proud to have it and will fly it with pride every time. Mendy and the crew at Northcoast are driven to absolute customer commitment. Northcoast has been THE BEST throughout the entire process of obtaining our backdrop.”

Jon King, 3 Pill Morning:

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“We love em. Thanks again!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Video: How To Buy Band Backdrops And Stage Scrims

Here’s our first video in a new series of videos how to buy band backdrops and stage scrims for your band, check it out, leave a comment and subscribe!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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7. Beyond Fate Goes Wild With Their Stage Scrims

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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My Band Needs A Stage Backdrop And Stage Scrims

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My band is an awesome group, and we’re quickly growing and getting bigger shows – but we don’t have a stage backdrop or scrims. This problem resonates with us deeply, because we hear this problem from bands every day. Rock n’ roll bands always make a scene on stage – but what about your stage backdrop? Stage backdrops are a key factor in your stage presence, so it’s absolutely essential that you consider this inexpensive addition to your band at your shows. Here’s a solution to this problem.

Design Your Stage Backdrop The Right Way

Rock n’ roll bands often play in dark, dimly lit clubs and bars. The lighting on stage may or may not be adequate for your fans to make the small logo on your drum covers or bass heads, let alone a stage backdrop. Mendy, the band backdrops and stage scrims specialist has the following recommendations to make sure your stage backdrop makes a difference:

  • Bright colors vs. Pastel Colors
  •  Size And Design Of Logo
  • Materials

Colors

With over a decade printing stage backdrops for bands and band scrims, we have seen a lot of artwork from bands across the spectrum of the music industry in the US and Canada. The number one no-no is pastel colors, in our view: pastel colors like pink, grey and green are colors that blend in with each other. A stage backdrop that is designed with soft colors will NOT make an impact in your audience’s eyes, since all your artwork will blend in their eyes.

Always make sure your stage backdrop contains bright colors that contrast sharply with each other. This will ensure that your logo POPS in any venue.

Logo

The logo size is another super-critical aspect in your stage backdrop. If the logo is too small and is surrounded by busy artwork, it will get lost in your audience’s eyes. We’ve seen too many pieces of artwork that look fantastic in theory, but unfortunately do not make a mark in your fan’s eyeballs.

The logo or the name of the band should therefore always be front and center, and the design should be minimal so your design PUSHES the logo into your fan’s eyeballs.

Materials

Get the right material. There are various materials that we can print on, but for the most part, we recommend 70/30-vinyl mesh. This is a fantastic material in that it both holds colors really well, it is very rugged and it’s light for easy travel on tours. For 90 percent of the bands we have worked with in the last decade, they have found this material to be the ideal choice for stage backdrops. It will print beautifully with your artwork and provide your band with the best bang for your buck.

We also offer a beautiful 13 oz. Solid vinyl, which is heavier than the vinyl mesh but it is a solid material. In terms of fabric materials, we can print band backdrops on dye sublimated poly poplin. This is a stunning fabric that prints artwork with excellent color reproduction. There are other materials and plenty of finishings too to make it easy to set up your stage backrop.

To learn more about designing and buying a stage backdrop or stage scrims from please email Mendy. I’ll be happy to work with you.
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Where To Buy A Custom Band Backdrop For Your Band On Stage

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Get out there, get gigs, buy a band backdrop.

That’s the order of business of every band, especially for new groups. Specifically, we believe in the power of the last item in this to do list. When you buy a band backdrop, you have the ability to do wonders on stage. Stage backdrops are more than just banners – they are just as important as your music.

The 50/50 Rule

Band backdrops for stage are part of our 50/50 rule. This rule is simple:

  • 50 percent of your show is the stage presence, choreography and performance
  • 50 percent is the actual music you play and sing.

So when you buy a band backdrop, you’re meeting an acute need of your bands’ fans by providing them with a high quality stage presence. That’s why we believe that  band backdrops are so key to a good performance, at any show.

Buy The Right Size Band Backdrop

Every band that I work with tells me that size of the band backdrop they buy or the stage scrim is a factor of how big their venues are. When you’re playing at huge festival, you need your logo to be seen for miles. But your budget may not allow for two stage backdrops, and if majority of your shows are in small venues, that huge band backdrop just won’t fit in a small bar. To learn more about sizes on stage, click here to view our photo gallery. This will give you a visual aid to understanding how band backdrops and band scrims actually look on stage. You can always email Mendy or  call me directly and we will be happy to guide you in this process.

Where To Buy A Backdrop?

“Our family, friends and fans were blown away with how good our backdrop looked.”

Instead of us telling you, we’ll let Scott Trudeau from Tribute, a celebration of Allman Brothers  in Atlanta, GA band say it in his words about his band backdrop:

“Everyone in the band and all our family, friends and fans were blown away with how good our backdrop looked. So, from all of us, THANK YOU! We are so happy with the banners you made for us several months ago. We’ve been using those and have received plenty of compliments on them!

Here’s a photo of their stunning 10’x20′ stage backdrop and two 4’x10′ and either side as well – now that’s stage presence!

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