Five Ways to Get the Most From Your Time Before Shows on Tour

While touring is not without its challenges, every serious musician knows it can be a stressful experience. The time between the band arriving at the venue and the start of their set is one of the most frustrating aspects of touring. As someone who goes to a lot of concerts, I’ve learned many tricks to enhance my experience at them: whether it’s finding ways to make carrying all my things inside easier or to cut down on spending money at the show, from one concert-goer to another, I’m here to share some of my favourite hacks. Me throwing all my advice your way.

¬†You could spend anywhere from 4-to 8 hours waiting for your show to begin if your commute between shows is long. It’s crucial to make the most of your time on tour. Here are some suggestions:

Remote work

If your financial situation and that of your band members are not exceptional, you may want to consider remote work while on tour. You can make it a part of your touring income if you have a computer and an internet connection. You could be able to find remote work depending on your skills and experience. While some musicians may groan when they consider doing “real work” while on tour, remember that this is not a vacation. Remote work is an excellent way to earn a living and make it last.

Take the time to write music.

This advice may seem obvious, but many musicians choose to spend their spare time making music rather than drinking in the van before the shows. You’ll likely see strong returns on your songwriting output if you make it a habit to take an hour or so each day while you are on the road. Instead of succumbing to the fatigue that comes with long periods on the road, you can break up your day by writing music in your van or at the venue. Depending on your primary instrument, this might not be possible, but songwriting software on your PC makes it possible.

Maintaining relationships at home is worth the time.

Musicians’ constant touring schedules have destroyed many solid relationships. Consider making it a habit to spend time with your loved ones back home when you have more time between shows. This is obvious advice, but relationships can be severely strained if you don’t do it.

Take the time to care for yourself.

Touring is difficult because it can disrupt a person’s daily routine. Everything, from sleep and diet to finances to career and financial routines, is rearranged or eliminated on tour unless you are lucky enough to have a successful career musician making a living on the road. It is a smart idea to make time for yourself before you go on tour. Go to bed, get some sleep, and then go for a walk or visit a gym. If you have a few hours spare, the world is your oyster.

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