My Checklist to Plan a Kickass Tour

 

Photo by John A. Stevens. New album is available at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/oh-these-urban-fences...-ep/id1041140905

Photo by John A. Stevens. New album is available at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/oh-these-urban-fences...-ep/id1041140905

The Paisley Fields are on tour this week, so I thought I would share my tips for planning a band tour. Below is my month-by-month checklist.

4 Months Out

Brainstorm tour dates and cities. 

Compile a list of potential venues and bands. 

 

3 Months Out

Plan the route.

Contact the first round of venues.

Contact local acts to share the stage.

Order merchandise.

 

2 Months Out

Confirm about 50% of the shows.  

Have a draft of the press release written.

Compile/update your press list.

Make needed adjustments to itinerary. 

Follow up with local acts. 

 

1 Month Out

Send out press release. 

Start making lodging arrangements. 

Begin social media promotion.

Finalize venues for all shows.  

Finalize lineups for all shows. 

 

2 Weeks Out

Continue promotion. 

Practice, practice, practice. 

Finalize lodging.

Finalize transportation.  

 

1 Week Out

Promote shows on social media.

Practice, practice, practice.

 

Day before

Make a list of things to pack.

Pack that shit!

Practice.

 

Day 1

Have fun!

Make a ton of new fans!