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When you're playing in a band, you want everything to be perfect. You want to look good, sound good and have a day that's easy with no technical problems. Many bands don't realize that they can make this process so much easier by generating a Stage Plot online. Tech Riders are essential for every band and enable everybody to have a much easier show experience. On your Stage Plot you can show where each member of the band and each instrument will be positioned on stage, including the locations of the mics, amplifiers, monitors and possibly the cable positions. The key is to create a clear but specific Tech Rider, so everything is set up accordingly and everything is prepared for you, get it right and you will find your checks will go smoothly with very little hassle. A good Stage Plot will save you a lot of stress in the long run.
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What is a Stage Plot?
A Stage Plot (or technical rider) is a document that details exactly what your band needs to make a show fantastic. It details the equipment and instruments of every band member, the input you will need from the venues that you're playing and how you want your stage to look and sound.
What Can You Include on a Tech Rider?
If you're a small band and you don't have much equipment or instruments with you, your Stage Plot will most likely mainly cover the gear that you're using onstage. As your band grows, your Tech Rider will start to include any FOH consoles that you bring with you, the lighting rigs you're touring with and any pyrotechnics that you have onstage. A Stage Plot is constantly updated as you continue touring and continue growing as a band.
How Do You Create a Stage Plot?
You can search for bands who have a similar sound to yours, as they will more than likely have a similar Tech Rider to the one that you'll need. When you don't have a good idea of what you need to include on your Tech Rider, then make a list of the equipment you have for your band and the make and model that this equipment is. When you've done this, you can use an online Stage Plot generator to create your full Tech Rider online.
What Do You Do With a Stage Plot?
Once you've created your Tech Rider, you can send it out to all venues that you will be playing in advance of you doing your shows there. They will know exactly what equipment to expect from you and your day will run a lot more smoothly. You'll soon see what a difference sending this Tech Rider out to venues in advance makes to the quality of your live show!
Don’t forget your name and contact details. Preferably you want to have someone as your technical contact, it can be any members of the band who have the best knowledge and set up experience.
First off let us just explain that a rider is a set of requests and criteria made by the performer prior to the performance. Everyone has a Hospitality Rider and everyone uses them, from Adele performing in concert to Hugh Jackman performing in theatre.
What is a Hospitality Rider?
A Hospitality Rider is just as it sounds, a set of requests to welcome the performer and make them feel at home. They can also be contractual, so if the needs of the rider aren't met the performer has the right to cancel the performance and the fees be paid regardless.
What sort of requests are in a Hospitality Rider?
Within reason anything can be written in the rider, from the hotel they stay in to the food they eat and the furniture they sit on. The bigger the name, the more demands you can get away with it seems.
The hotel - In some riders a price for accommodation is specified and sometimes a location.
Food and drink - Most performers stipulate a certain set of beverages, maybe part of their routine is to have a nice cold drink before or after the performance and it has to be a particular brand. Food is also a popular request, some request they must have fruit in their room or strictly forbid deep fried foods. Vicious Cycle for example stipulated a hot meal for the artists and crew but no fried food.
Transportation - Do you need a car to and from a show or to take you to somewhere after a show? Of course you do.
The majority of the Hospitality Rider are requests made for comfort and to help the performer relax but there are times where the big names become 'divas' and demand outrageous requests and god help the organisers if these demands aren't met.