Music Festivals Across the Country: Which to Perform at and How to apply?

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It’s every bands dream to get up on the big stage at a music festival and to get to perform in front of thousands of people, under the starry night with the sound of cheering and applause as hundreds of fans try to get closer to the stage for a glimpse of you – the star of the night.

So how do you get there? We’ve got you covered, no matter which part of the country you hail from! Here is a list of festivals in the North, South, East and West of USA that you can take part of in 2019-2020 and information with how to apply.


Mile of Music is a multi-genre music festival that expects over 70,000 attendees each year. It takes place in early August and they begin taking artist submissions on November 1, 2018 until January 2019. They can close the applications earlier however if they reach the maximum sooner so don’t wait to apply! They do not allow cover artists to perform. You can apply at


RedGorillaMusic Fest takes place in hip downtown Austin in mid-March during SXSW. It is a free festival that is open to the public so it’s a great platform to perform in front of a larger audience. They encourage artists from all over the world to showcase even though they don’t pay but can guarantee a great time and excellent promotion for your band! You can apply to perform on their website at or at


Montauk Music Festival is a four day music festival that features up and coming independent artists of all musical genres including alternative, rock, pop, metal, country and more. Artists perform for free in the spirit of sharing original music with the audience. It takes place in one of the most beautiful beach communities on the East Coast in mid-May. To apply visit or email [email protected]


Byrdfest takes plast in mid-April and late September with two nights of live music and a camping experience alongside the beautiful Mulberry River. To apply to perform visit

Of course, if we can help with a beautiful backdrop to support your events, check out our products here and we’d love to help!

How should I design my artwork so it’s clear for a large stage backdrop?

Not surprisingly, banner design is a commonly asked question among many bands and graphic designers. Since graphic design for brochures, social media and other marketing uses are typically smaller spaces, many designs are not set up for printing large format band backdrops, or festival banners. Taking a tiny JPG and blowing up the graphic design for a print banner will simply distort the image and produce a fuzzy looking banner.

Below we have explained the artwork specifications for you, feel free to pass this on to your graphic artist and designers too!

Graphic Design Printed Banners

Vector Format

Types of files includes:

  • AI
  • EPS
  • PDF

Vector files can be saved at any image size in the correct aspect ratio. So for example, an 8’ x 10’ banner would be 8”HIGH x 10” WIDE.

Raster Format

Types of files include:

  • JPG
  • GIF
  • PNG
  • PSB
  • PSD

Raster files should be saved at 150 dpi in full print size. So for an 8’x10’ printed banner it would be 96” HIGH x 120” WIDE. Simply multiply the size by 12 to calculate the measurements, since there are 12″ in a foot.

If you are having a hard time saving such a large file to your computer, you can try saving it at half that size, so for the 8’x10’ it would be 48” HIGH x 60” WIDE at 300 dpi. This provides us with double the dpi, so that we resize it for printing, we’ll still retain a decent amount of resolution and we can typically print at very high definition if provided this size file.

If you are still having trouble working with your art file, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]. We are happy to help walk you through the process.  If you have a file that is already designed, and it is too low resolution, send it over to us and we can help. We have a graphic vectorization service that can bring most art files up to the required resolution so that your printed stage banner will look beautiful. We also work with a number of graphic designers who can assist with full graphic design services from scratch. 

If you need help choosing a festival or stage banner size, please check out our product page.

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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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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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.

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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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Don’t forget: it ain’t all about the half-time show, there’s a bunch of really cool concerts happening during the week of the big final game.

The Foo Fighers, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Roots are set to play this year too. The Bud Light Hotel will host these concerts on a cruise ship docked at the Hudson river.

Check out the schedule here:

  • Thursday, Jan. 30 – EA SPORTS™ Party featuring a “History of Hip Hop” concert hosted by The Roots and featuring Run-DMC, Busta Rhymes and special guests
  • Friday, Jan. 31 – “Pandora Presents” party featuring Imagine Dragons
  • Saturday, Feb. 1 – Bud Light Main Event concert featuring Foo Fighters and Zac Brown Band
  • Sunday, Feb. 2 – Pepsi and Bud Light pre-game concert featuring Fall Out Boy and Jake Owen

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Nirvana, Kiss and Linda Ronstadt are to be inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame next year.

According to President and chief executive of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Joel Peresman, Nirvana was “really no surprise to me”. This award is special in other ways; it’s been 20 years since their frontman Kurt Cobain committed suicide.



So, fans of The Glitch Mob! Here’s their new single that they will release tomorrow.

Keep checking back here on our site for music news, we’ll be updating our site regularly with cool nuggets of music news that you may miss otherwise.

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!”