A girl’s guide to gig ligs (also known as getting backstage)

by Gina G

First of all, please repeat the mantra ”I am not a groupie..I am not a groupie”. Because I’m sure you’re not. After all, readers of RepHERtoire would never fall into this horrid category of women that want more than just the music. How cheap can you get? I’m not dismissing anyone who feels that a good gig should be topped off with shagging the bass player but  I’d rather be Lester Bangs than Penny Lane. We’re a serious music blog, dontcha know!

So this is about getting to chat to your favourite musicians after the show, maybe sharing a beer with them and a little chinwag. No fawning, its about being ‘mates in music’ not worshipper/God.

Having been a ligger for a number for years now, I can pass on a five golden tips.

1. If its a small venue then there’s chance they might head for the bar post gig and post haste. Order yourself a beer and be ready to buy one for artist. Don’t look desperate, you must feign nonchalance. Once you have their interest, amaze them with your knowledge of their favourite musicians (because you’ve done your research), bring the conversation slowly round to their music.

2. Don’t pester security. They are your worst enemy, heartless bastards paid to keep you away even if the band aren’t that bothered.

3. Try and get in on the guest list before hand and see if you can be prearranged to lig backstage. Always easier than trying to do it last minute.

4. Contact their manager and offer to run their YouTube account for them. Back in the day it was running a ‘zine and then later training myself in HTML and doing their website.

5. Don’t come rushing at them waving stuff for them to sign. They will sign and run.

Got anymore to add? Please go ahead.

2 thoughts on “A girl’s guide to gig ligs (also known as getting backstage)

  1. I have a bit to add. This is fab for small scale artists but for major slebs, I find a different approach works better. I no desire to bed Billy Joel, for example, but I met him at a local ( Long Island) fundraising event. Against the wishes of all concerned, we got talking. How? I hear you ask. It’s a question of having something to ask/say. In my case it was common experience-something that he experienced aged 19, and I was guess what age at the time, going through the same things. So we got talking, and no amount of intervention by “security” could tear him away.

    For those of you who have your sights on someone contemporary and not based in New York, the same thing applies. Find out if they will be at a place/venue where they are not performing themselves. Speak to them as you would approach any stranger, explain why you want to speak to them, make sure they are not otherwise engaged, and hopefully, have a decent conversation.

    If this is not possible, and you are targeting someone who will only leave after 4 hours via a secret stage door, then there is no option other than to keep your eye on the door inside the venue. Eventually security will tire of guarding the door, or you will be asked to leave the building. When this happens, the other option is to find the secret door, and try to find someone who is going into the building. Speak to them about why you want to meet/speak to so and so. If your reasons are valid, you may be able to talk them around. If you do, you will find yourself backstage before you know it .

    Email me at RepHERtoire if you want specific advice. It can be done with anyone. And I mean anyone….

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