What makes a good tour?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Chunky, Jan 20, 2004.

  1. Chunky

    Chunky Active Member

    The Cawston Band are intending to go to Germany in 2005. We have been speaking to a company who are used to organising such trips and will source concert venues etc.

    We will be going for 1 week so really just wondering what people feel makes for a good tour (number of concerts etc), pitfalls, and perhaps can pass on any things that worked or did not work for them whilst on tour.

  2. Bob Thompson

    Bob Thompson Member

    Our band toured Germany for the second time in octoberlast year. Unlike yourself we organsed it ourselves, with a little help from a friend in Germany. Anyway, in answer to your question, 'what makes a good tour'......everyone workng together, commitment, a good balance of gigs and relaxation time, but most of all, lots of patience with each other in the organising stages.
    Our expereinces of Germany have both been superb, and the hospitality was second to nothing. They love Brass bands, and if you get the opportunity, make a trip to the cathederal in Cologne, you can play at the enterance without permission, in the morning, just finish by noon as there is a service. The crowds are extra massive and very appreciative.

    Enjoy yourselves.........
    ps, where about in Germany are you going?
  3. Chunky

    Chunky Active Member

    Thanks for the reply Bob. We are going to Koblenz in Rhineland so the tip about Cologne could be used!

    I must admit I am sure we might have been able to organise it ourselves, but as it is our first attempt at this we are looking for a helping hand in the organisation.
  4. Steve

    Steve Active Member

    Make sure you have someone who speaks the language properly!!! Sounds daft but you would be suprised how many times we have been caught out while abroad! Dont rely on the bands students just because they are doing it at school.
  5. eckyboy

    eckyboy Member

    Always worthwhile doing a bit of groundwork and try to tie up with some local bands.Handy for borrowing mutes,stands ets and for a good social event.
  6. Well Worth It

    Well Worth It Active Member

    Went to Germany with the County Band and were hosted and entertained by our twin county.
    I was surprised at how accomodating the German people were, and they really do love their bands.
    Food was layed on at most of the venues and audiences were substantial.
    I'm sure you'll have a great time.
  7. Aidan

    Aidan Active Member

    YABB makes a good tour
  8. Lauradoll

    Lauradoll Active Member

    BEER :guiness :guiness
  9. Chunky

    Chunky Active Member

    Aaaaah the lifeblood of banding. Surprised it took that long for that suggestion :wink:
  10. Aidan

    Aidan Active Member

    i already suggested it... :wink:
  11. Euph-Bari

    Euph-Bari Active Member

    We Went to a Place Just Out Of Koblenz called Vallendar (i think) last summer - was a good laugh! we did three concerts overall at quite good venues
    lots of places to go round there! and good Drinking!
  12. Dave Euph

    Dave Euph Member

    Important things:

    - At least one concert every couple of days, or 3/4 for the week. Any more and you're too busy, any less and there's not much point going.

    - Make sure rehearsals are everyday, you'll need to secure a room to use to rehearse. Rehearsals needn't be long, just regular.

    - Make sure you tour the general area and play at plenty of locations rather than limiting yourself to anywhere in particular.

    - Make sure there are no "really early" starts any of the days so there's plenty of drinking time at night!

    Those are my opinions for how tours should work based on how I have felt previous tours I have been on have gone.

    [edit] Take someone who speaks the language of the country you go to!
  13. Di B

    Di B Member

    Best tour I did was one where there were 6 or 7 concerts in a week. First day was free though.

    Also, all the concerts were in the evening. This left the day free to chill by a pool or go sightseeing. At all the concerts we were provided with a meal of some kind, and local wine too! :twisted: When we got back to the hotel we carried on drinking until we were kicked out of the bar!

    I think fitting 2 or 3 concerts in a day is too much. At the end of the day people are taking holiday entitlement from work to go, so it isn't much fun if you are doing a hectic schedule! Also bear in mind distance to and from concerts - for example, you could do two local ones in a day and have a day off in your schedule! Don't think about doing two concerts in a row that both require long drives, and if you do travel a bit to one concert, suggest the bus leave mid morning so everyone can have a day out in that town and do some sightseeing!

    The other thing I have heard others moan about is a tour where you have to keep moving from one place of accomodation to another. You never feel like you have unpacked and generaly feel messy. Best to stick to one area as a 'base' and travel around in my opinion.

    Oh, and if you are in a hotel as opposed to stopping with a twin band, ensure that the bar stops open until the late early hours! We got kicked out at 5am - the cheek of it! ;-)
  14. twigglet

    twigglet Member

    they do indeed!

    Getting the balance of playing/beering/travelling just about right me thinks.... (not necessarily in that order)
  15. Aidan

    Aidan Active Member

    mind you the beering does carry on while the other two factors are still occuring. Gutted i cant go at easter. I was going for about 2 days, before i realised i already had a gig :evil: :evil: :evil:
  16. rach marriott

    rach marriott Member

    Don't worry Aidan, me, Warder & Elin will make up for you not being there..... much beer will be supped!!!! :lol:
  17. Aidan

    Aidan Active Member

    phew i was worried then
  18. twigglet

    twigglet Member

    Don't worry aidan you'll be with us in spirit (boom boom!)

    Its a tough job, but someones got to do it...