Band Checklist – 55 Things to Bring to Your Gig

Performing live with your band entails having all the necessary equipment, knowing the material, and just being prepared, in general. From the basics such as your instruments, amps, mics, and drums to having spare cables, tuners, batteries, merch, and more.

These 55 items will make sure you’re ready to step on stage without worries:

  • Instruments
  • Backup instruments
  • Amplifiers
  • PA system
  • Microphones
  • Mic stands
  • Guitar stands
  • Drum kit
  • Drumsticks (extra pairs)
  • Drum throne
  • Keyboard stand
  • Music stands
  • Speaker cables
  • Instrument cables
  • Microphone cables
  • Extension cords
  • Power strips
  • di boxes
  • Tuners
  • Capos
  • Guitar picks
  • Guitar straps
  • String sets (extra)
  • Drum heads (spares)
  • Snare wires
  • Cymbals
  • Keyboard pedals
  • Effect pedals
  • Batteries (for pedals, tuners, etc.)
  • Setlists
  • Lyrics sheets/music scores
  • Stage plot and input list
  • Merchandise (CDs, shirts, etc.)
  • Merch table or display setup
  • Cash box for merch sales
  • Receipt book
  • Business cards/flyers
  • Banner or stage backdrop
  • Stage lights
  • Flashlights
  • Gaffer tape
  • Duct tape
  • Tool kit (screwdriver, pliers, etc.)
  • First aid kit
  • Water bottles
  • Snacks/food
  • Towels
  • Extra clothing
  • Ear plugs/hearing protection
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Vocal remedies (throat lozenges, tea)
  • Warm-up materials (practice pad, etc.)
  • Camera or GoPro
  • Backup phone charger/power bank

Brian Clark

Brian Clark

I’ve been a writer with Musician Wave for six years, turning my 17-year journey as a multi-instrumentalist and music producer into insightful news, tutorials, reviews, and features.

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