How to Get Backstage Passes to a Rock Concert

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While attending a rock concert is exciting, nothing quite compares to venturing backstage to hang out with your favourite rock band. Since so many fans desire the chance to get closer to their favourite rock stars, getting backstage passes can be tough but not impossible. Don't let shyness keep you from getting backstage passes.

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    Participate in radio station events. Listen to rock radio stations to discover various promotions and contests. Popular promotions include phoning into the station with its call letters, being the correctly sequenced caller and winning song-matching contests. Check out the band's tour schedule and start listening to radio stations in each local area to improve your chances of winning. Enlist family members and friends in your mission for backstage passes.

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    Join fan clubs. Nothing is more powerful than connecting with people that share your musical taste and desire for backstage passes. Meeting other fans also gives you the chance to befriend people who are friendly with road crews and promoters. Request backstage passes directly from the band by e-mail through its official site. Although you may not get your wish every time, you could get lucky enough to have your wish granted.

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    Promote the rock band. Rock artists need buzz to sell concert tickets and maintain their popularity. Showing a rock band that you're supporting its cause can place you in a favoured position. Starting a blog or fan site dedicated to a rock band lets the band know just how much you care. Post pictures of you in complete band gear for added effect. Include positive music reviews and links to upcoming concert information. Consider making a public appeal for backstage passes along with sending e-mails with links to your hard work.

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    Purchase backstage passes as part of a ticket package. Although this isn't the most popular method for getting backstage passes, it can be the easiest. Buy your tickets early for the best chances of scoring a bundle deal. Sign up for fan clubs, VIP offers, and ticket services for early sales notifications and purchase discounts.

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    Make a passionate appeal for tickets at the door. While it can be embarrassing to make such a plea, doing so could land you a coveted spot backstage. Look for crew members and anyone else wearing a laminate pass to assist you. State your case for backstage passes with confidence and sincerity. If possible, bring photos of you in band gear and information about your promotional efforts.

Tips and warnings

  • Find out what hotel the band is staying in to increase your chances of meeting crew members.
  • Ask other fans about tips for getting backstage passes.
  • Never degrade yourself for backstage passes.
  • Avoid being classified as a crazy fan. There is a difference between being persistent and being a pest.

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