How To Approach Venues & Promoters To Get A Show

If you’re a live performer, you’re always on the lookout for shows and support slots so you’ll have to do some legwork in getting those spots yourself.

So, you’ve done your research and these are the rights venues and nights for you. You’ve found some email addresses or Facebook inboxes and are ready to go.


Here’s the sort of thing you should be including in your message to them.

Short Bio


They don’t want your life story.  A concise overview of who you are, what you do and how long you’ve been going.


In this section or separately, you can list any ‘big ticket achievements’ you’ve had.  Played a nice stage at a medium sized festival? Done an acoustic session on a nice radio station? Drop that achievement in here.

Audience Size

How many people do you play in your locality.  Do you have an out of town following? Give people an idea of how big you are.  How big are your socials? Would be handy to include them somewhere.

Links To Your Stuff

Don’t go mad.  One music link (Soundcloud) and one YouTube link (preferably a live performance) will suffice.

Upcoming Shows

Stick those down somewhere.

Here’s how all that might look…

Hello From The Donks // Looking For Shows

Hi, we’re The Donks, a riotous pop punk three piece based in Manchester and we’re looking for more shows for our diary.  We self released our debut album last year which Tom Robinson on BBC 6Music called “a fantastic slab of anarchy”. We’re playing the Calling Out Stage of the Kendal Calling festival this year as well as a couple of smaller North West festivals too.

Here’s a link to our favorite track “Looking Good Sunday”
And here’s that track being played at the Night & Day Cafe

We can generally bring about 40 – 50 people to our Manchester gigs.  Our upcoming shows for July are listed below and we’re ideally looking for dates from August onwards so we’ve got time to promote them properly.

Hope to hear from you soon,

Chloe (2,500 likes) (5300 likes)

July Dates
3rd July – Night & Day, Manchester
10th July – WA1, Warrington
22nd July – The Ferret, Preston

If you’ve not heard back from them after say a fortnight, send a polite reminder asking if they’ve had a chance to read the original message and say you hope to hear from them soon.