Learning how to find gigs as an opening act is the start of booking headlining shows.

Often times an opening slot will give you the exposure to booking a paid gig. Finding opening acts shows is really not that hard.

They usually aren’t advertised but occasionally they might be.

The best way to go about getting opening act gigs is simply by asking.

How to Find Gigs as an Opening Act

  1. Make a list of bands in your area. – They don’t have to be your favorite per se. But stylistically they need to be compatible with your act. If you are a solo acoustic/vocal act then you could open for almost anyone.
  2. Find out where the bands are scheduled to perform. – Go to their website or use bandsintown.com and see when and where the bands are performing.
  3. Contact the Bands/Clubs. – You can either go to the band or the club to see if there is an opportunity for an opening act. Personally, unless I know the band, I prefer to contact the club.
  4. Be Flexible. – If your goal is to get booked at the venue then be flexible and non-demanding. Go the extra mile and you may get more opening slots from the band or the club that could lead to you headining.

GigFaster TIP: When you reach out to the venue use email to contact them. Keep the email short and be sure to include a call to action (CTA). Something like, “Any interest in an opening act for….”

How GigFaster Can Help

We created GigFaster so that you can reach verified venue contacts for booking paid and free gigs. You can pitch for headlining slots and opening act slots.

We have a built-in network of over 6,000 venues, music promoters, and record labels.

Start for free today.

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Craig Kelley

About Craig Kelley

Craig helps indie artists book more gigs, promote their music and submit to record labels @ GigFaster and GigFaster University . His latest release is his 7th album, Not So Blue. His band has supported Grammy artists including Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Rick Derringer, Gary Hoey, Joan Jett, Fuel and many more. http://craigkelley.com He is also the host of The 5 Minute Podcast For Musicians.

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