Imagine this: you have just won an opportunity to meet one of your favorite musicians. You can barely contain the excitement. You have picked out an outfit and practiced what you are going to say. The world comes crashing down when you arrive at the concert and your name is NOT on the list.
Meet & Greets are the “dog and pony” show of the concert industry. Some M&Gs involve a group of fans invited by radio stations, fan club members, or select people affiliated with record labels, sponsors, or other special people. I have some tips on how to be fully prepared to rock out with your favorite rock star.
1. Day of show contact-whomever set you up with your M&G be sure to ask who at the venue will be your contact day of show. You should ask for their full name, email address, and cell phone number. Should there be any problems at the door you can easily hit up the contact for help. You would not believe how many times people show up at the show and someone forgot to put their name on the list.
2. What to wear?-Most M&G’s are a cattle call; a long line of concert goers and two seconds with the artist. Wearing a dress and heels waiting an hour or two in line probably not going to be comfortable. Make sure you are wearing something flattering so you are not stuck with a picture that is not Facebook profile worthy. If you are given a snazzy sticker pass to stick on your clothes put it on your pants. I have several pictures with a dorky pass on my chest.
3. Do you bring your camera?-Some venues and artists are extremely strict about bringing cameras into the venue. Be sure to call the venue or check their website to find out for sure if you can bring them. Sometime M&G’s provide professional photographers that will take your picture and give you a website to collect your picture from later. It might seem dorky but practice a possible pose. Ladies, please make sure to put your purse down so you don’t have an unflattering lump on your body.
4. Bring your ID-the only way you’ll get to meet your favorite artist is if you bring your official ID. This is for security purposes and is non-negotiable.
5. Autographs-some M&G’s allow time for personal autographs while others only allow for a quick picture. Bring something small just in case the artist is willing to sign something. In other cases there might be some promotional material the management will bring that the artist can sign. Either way the best way to find out is ASK!
If you follow these tips you should have no problems at the door and more time with your favorite artist!
Do you have any tips to add?