When your band sets out to buy a new band backdrop or band scrim, the options can be confusing. What material is best for a stage backdrop? Which materials allow for sound to pass through, and make the colors pop? It is essential that your band considers how you will be using the banners – indoors or outdoors, how you will hang them, and where in the venue – in order to purchase the right band backdrop. Here’s some helpful tips on buying the right materials.

1. Rugged Materials:

Vinyl mesh is a very rugged material – there’s no need to worry about the occasional (or frequent) beer spill on your stage scrims by an excited fan. Dirt, drinks and even food can be brushed right off a vinyl mesh stage backdrop, or wiped off with a damp piece of towel paper. You can learn more about all our materials and and sizes here.

2. Stage Backdrop Materials In Sunlight

For playing at outdoor shows like festivals, vinyl mesh is the best material. It does not get ruined easily in the sun, and can last several years of outdoor playing. Dye sublimated poly poplin band backdrops do not hold up well in the sunlight, and may need to be replaced as frequently as every 6 months.

3. Acoustic Transparency:

Since vinyl mesh is 70 percent material and 30 percent holes, these stage backdrops will allow for sound to pass through.  So even if you place your band backdrop smack in front of your players or speakers, there’s no cause for concern.

4. Bright Colors:

While vinyl mesh is far and away our most popular material with bands, we can also print on beautiful dye sublimated poly poplin. This is a fine fabric upon which colors look especially bright.

5. Merch Banners:

For your merchandise table where you sell your bands’ T-Shirts and bracelets and other promotional items, we most often print on a crisp 13 ounce solid vinyl. Colors on this material look solid and bright.

6. Cost Effective Materials:

Vinyl mesh is about half the price of poly poplin or even cheaper, and it looks fantastic on stage. Over all, it is our most popular material for bands; 90  percent of our band backdrops are printed on 70/30 vinyl mesh. To learn more about materials for stage banners and to order your stage backdrop, fill out our request form here.

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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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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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New band scrims equals better shows. Bands across the US – like Ghostfeeder, an awesome rock band – are discovering the branding power of a band backdrop or custom band scrims.

“Until you get to a level where your band name is ubiquitous, you absolutely need to take advantage of every opportunity available to hammer your brand into peoples’ heads,” explains Walborn. He points out that bands are challenged with a competitive landscape, with many thousands of bands in performing the US alone. Derek Walborn, the vocalist, programmer and songwriter for the band says his new band scrims from Northcoast Banners are a critical component in their marketing strategy.

6’x6′ band scrims, which is the pair that was purchased by Ghostfeeder are the perfect size for small and large bands. They can help your band’s logo stand out in small venues like bars and and nightclubs. But we have also seen many bands use our stage scrims in large venues like outdoor music festivals or large indoor places. At an affordable rate, you can instantly convert a stage into your own show with custom band scrims.

“It’s hard to stand out in a sea of great bands and musicians,” Walborn says. However, he continues, “NorthCoast makes it a little easier to maximize your exposure and present yourself professionally with great products and artist-driven customer service.”

It’s a small investment with a large return. With a pair of 6’x6′ band scrims, Ghostfeeder band now has the capability to make any stage their own. You can too!backdrops for bands - ghostfeeders 2  landscape

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Spring Creek Station, a country music band from central Illinois just played in Chillicothe, IL as the opener for country star Lee Brice. The show was a hit – and so was their beautiful new band backdrop from Northcoast Banners, says Harold Robinson, a player in the band.

“The banner is one of the single best investments we made for the band,” Robinson beams. “It gave us instant recognition without saying a word and people had a visual name to remember.”

Spring Creek Station’s band backdrop was far smaller than stage banner for Lee Brice, and yet, their backdrop completely converted the stage for their performance.

But they didn’t stop there. Increasingly, bands are choosing custom band backdrops that fit right in to smaller venues. With a range of small to large stage backdrops, it’s easy to make any stage your own, no matter where you play.

Robinson agrees. “Having the custom size banner for different size venues is a definite plus, which is why we got the large single back drop for larger shows and smaller side stage scrims for more intimate shows,” he says.

To learn more about custom backdrops for your gigs, just shoot us an email!

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band scrims

Band scrims are affordable stage banners for small and up-and-coming bands. These stage banners, while smaller than large stage backdrops, can make a big difference on stage.

Cost

The cost of a stage scrim depends on two factors:

  • Size of the scrim
  • Material of the scrim

The size of the stage scrim depends on how much space you have on stage, and how large you want your banners to be. It is often helpful to make a list of size venues your band plays at before you buy your band scrims. Stages come in all sorts of sizes, so it’s critical that you to know the dimensions of the stages where you will be playing before you move forward with sizes. We have experience with band banners at hundreds of venues across the US, and we can help you find the right size banner.

For bands on a budget, band scrims are ideal since they are considerably cheaper than large band backdrops – and they can make a big impact even at large, outdoor festivals.

For band scrim materials, we find vinyl mesh to be the most appropriate material. It is a 70/30 weave, which means that you can use these banners as an amp scrim: you can place them right in front of your speakers.

Sizes

Finding the right size is key for any stage banner, but for band scrims, a set of two 6’x6′ vinyl mesh scrims (or stage mesh) are ideal. We have printed this size for many brand new, small bands who have small shows, and it works beautifully in small clubs and bars. We can print scrims at any size – contact us for prices of  ANY size band scrims.

Finishings

We provide high grade finishings on all our stage scrims. Generally, we finish our band scrims with both grommets on all sides and 2.5″ pole pockets on the top and bottom – both at no extra cost – so your band has the option of hanging the banner with a cord, or using a stage stand. Of course, we have other finishings as well, and we can add whichever finishings you need.

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 some zip ties, or 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. We sell a stand that fits a banner that is up to 8’x10′ in size.  The stand is sold only as an add-on to any banner purchase.

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

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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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.