A gig bag is a modest-sized bag filled with items that are frequently needed to perform your role at a show. Your gig bag will contain different items depending on your role as a merch seller, stage manager, sound engineer, or artist.

Why bring a gig bag?

A gig bag allows you to be prepared for (almost) anything when running a show. With live events, things don’t always go according to plan. Your gig bag can help you support your team as well as your artist in the case of emergencies. Whether you need to get the attention of an audience member acting unsafely or your artist forgot their merch pricing sheet, you’ll be there to save the day and keep everything running smoothly.

What should be in your gig bag?

  • Scissors or a multitool (keep in mind you can’t take these on planes!)
    Sharpies / pens
    Sticky notes or a notebook (for wifi passwords or makeshift merch signs)
    Tape
    External battery (to charge your phone or an artist’s merch tablet)
    Assorted charging cables (USB-C, Lightning, micro USB)
    Flashlight (to safely get the attention of someone in the crowd or at the merch table)
    Baggie of earplugs
    2x KN95 masks
    2x Liquid IV (especially helpful when the weather is very warm!)
    Tylenol / ibuprofen
    Extension cord / surge protector
    Anything else (packable) that you previously wished you had at a show

Gig bags are one of the many tools that help you to be prepared for almost anything on show day. Want more prep tips? Check out the rest of our Prepare blog posts!

 

Jen Buhrow

Entertainment Logistics Coordinator | How To Concerts

Jen‘s love of live music led to gigs as a stage manager, merch seller, and more. She now keeps us organized by handling contracts, timelines, and calendars. Have questions for Jen? Feel free to reach out.

920.600.8100   |   jen@howtoconcerts.com

Jen Buhrow

Entertainment Logistics Coordinator | How To Concerts

Jen‘s love of live music led to gigs as a stage manager, merch seller, and more. She now keeps us organized by handling contracts, timelines, and calendars. Have questions for Jen? Feel free to reach out.

920.600.8100   |   jen@howtoconcerts.com