5 Things to Remember Before Playing a Set!

Performing your own songs is one of the most exciting things to do as an artist! However, there are things you must consider to make sure it goes right!

5 Things to Remember When Playing a Set!


 Playing a set as part of a festival or concert can be one of the most exciting parts of being an artist.

As a fledgeling act, playing sets can also be a great way to introduce your music to new audiences, so can be a real career-defining moment.

Here are 5 tips to remember when preparing for your set:

  1. Choose your best songs

This may seem obvious! However, when you have performed the same song over and over again, it is easy to be tempted into maybe introducing a new song to your set list.

But the benefits of choosing your best songs is just that! – It is probably one you have performed multiple times before, which means it is well-rehearsed and leaves little room for mistakes.

Now, introducing new songs to your set is fine when performing to your fans, but when you are performing to music lovers that do not know you, I think the saying “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it” is probably one you should abide by!

  1. Register your performances at PRS for Music 

Venues, festivals, and concerts earn a substantial amount of money from holding these events and you may be due to a slice of that pie!

Be sure to register your performance through the self-reporting part of the PRS website to make sure you get paid the money you are due.

If you are an artist and you are not registered on the PRS website, be sure to do so today!

Learn a bit more about the benefits of PRS though music producer, Duplex.

  1. Be prepared!

Being prepared for your set does not necessarily mean just rehearsing. (though this is a key part of preparation!) It also involves going through your equipment and making sure it is up to scratch and ready, making sure you have enough plectrums, or even making sure you have enough sun cream (if you’re lucky!)

Don’t forget to brand! Speak to the tech/ brand teams to make sure your branding is on point for your set.

Listen carefully to the crew backstage to ensure you know when you are due on stage. If you are confused, speak to the stage manager, or artist liaison. They usually have the key information you need.

  1. Meet your audience

Meeting your audience does not necessarily mean going face to face to greet them. It means connecting with them through social media, studying their vibe, understanding the type of people that come to these gigs and what they are expecting from you. Maybe even sharing song/performance tasters to get them excited to see you.

  1. Different venue sometimes means different sounds

One of the most common mistakes made by an up-and-coming artist is forgetting the importance of sound when performing!

It is important to remember that the sound of your music will come out differently in an outdoor festival with 4,000 revellers in comparison to an intimate indoor gig with 200 guests.

Be familiar with the venue you are performing at and always sound check to make sure you are giving the audience the most!

Most importantly though, try to have fun! The crowd feed off the energy you give on stage. If you come across nervous and too cautious, it shows and becomes very awkward.

Just remember, you are chasing the career of your dreams and that is an amazing achievement! Every performance is an opportunity for you to learn and develop, so use it as such.

For more hints and tips on performances, check out the hints and tips So Solid Crew shared with us after their stellar performance at UNLEASHED.