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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.

Superbowl News: Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Roots Will Play At Concerts

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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

Source: COS

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Ghostfeeder Gets An Amazing Set of Custom Band Scrims

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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