Artist registration Tips from The Great Escape.

Music Glue is proud to be the exclusive Artist Registration partner for The Great Escape again this year.

Festival Programmer Adam Ryan shared some insider tips earlier this year on how to improve your application to maximise your chances of being selected to play The Great Escape; although the Brighton-based festival has now closed artist registrations for the 2017 edition, these advice apply to all festivals. Ready? Here are Adam's top tips with some notes from our team:

#1. Don’t rush your application

Our artist registration is open until 17th February 2017 so there is still time to get your application into us. Don’t leave registration until the last minute and end up submitting something that doesn’t do your band justice. Take your time building your profile to ensure that it is something that represents your band well. If you need any assistance with building your profile drop Music Glue a line on, they are happy to share handy tips and tricks with you to help you create a really great profile page.

Music Glue team tip: We want you to be successful. Here are some examples of how your Music Glue profile could look in a few simple steps: Samuel Jack , Dakota, The Youth and Young, Kate Miller-Heidke

#2. Complete your profile

This sounds really obvious but make sure you have all key aspects of your profile completed. These are; artist bio, picture and social page links. Make sure you brand your page and the most important point of all…. upload your tracks to stream from your page. All of these elements help us to get a good understanding of who you are as an artist.

Music Glue team tip: To upload a track to stream on your profile, head to the 'Product' tab in the back-end > 'Add a digital product' and follow the instructions. Note: You need to upload mp3 files to make them streamable. To display your social links, go to 'Profile' > 'Pages' > 'Sidebar' > 'Add Widget' > Choose 'Social Links'.

#3. Your tracks

Keep things simple. We don’t need to hear the last 3 albums you self recorded at home and your experiential period which is hard to play live as your harpist works weekends. Only upload a few tracks that best represent you and your current direction. Try and make sure the sound on your included tracks is of a good quality, things don’t have to be high tech but a clear recording is definitely essential.

Music Glue team tip: In addition to uploading a track to your profile, you can also embed your Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube or Vimeo. Here's an easy tutorial 'how to' guide.

#4. Artist Bio

Again, keeping things to a minimum is best. Inspirations, influences, previous shows played and upcoming dates are useful information to share. The drummer’s favourite type of food or how the band met aren’t so important. Try to keep it short and concise, or you risk losing your reader.

Music Glue team tip: You can organise the order of appearance of your profile pages in the back-end. We suggest you put the one you feel reflects best you or your band at the top - it will be the page bookers see first when clicking to your profile. If you want it to be your bio, make sure your 'About' page is at the top. We recommend hiding the pages with no content to save everyone time. No 'News' or 'Listings' just yet? Simply hit 'hide page from menu' for now.

#5. Press Shots

I personally hate band press shots and from my experience they just get posted up on office walls and ridiculed (not in the TGE office of course). That picture showcasing your mum’s hairdressing skills while you lean against a wall might seem like a good idea but they tend to date quickly. Just a simple, decent quality photo that best represents your band / artist is all that is needed.

Music Glue team tip: We recommend adding an image in the 'Publicity' section of your profile (head to 'settings' in the back-end) as well as a header (in your 'profile' tab).

This article is adapted from ARTIST REGISTRATION: APPLICATION TIPS FROM OUR FESTIVAL PROGRAMMER on The Great Escape website.