I spent this last weekend taking in all the great music at Vancouver Island Musicfest. It was cool to see how many bands, some very famous and others on their way up, handled their audiences and the backstage crew.
I had the privilege of being both an audience member and also an MC for the Saturday mainstage (which was SO cool, by the way!)
Without fans, the bands that played would not be where they are. Without the crew they would not sound as good as they do. Obviously.
So when I am told that I can’t take a photo of a famous performer while they are on stage, from the side of the stage, I have to wonder, is this performer thinking about making new fans? I spent the festival taking photos and tweeting about the bands that I liked and had I been able to take a photo I would have tweeted something nice along with the #vimf and my followers would have thought ‘cool’ and maybe RTed.
But I didn’t tweet and more importantly, others tweeted negative things. No new fans made here.
Then the next band came on. I noticed that they had been hanging around the festival all weekend (not just shipped in and out of the stage covertly). They had made friends at the festival, they thanked the crew and volunteers numerous time while onstage and brought members from other bands on stage to play with them. They were not precious.
So I tweeted! And within 12 hours they were now following my tweets. So I will tweet some more and now they have a new fan (and probably thousands more, judging by the reaction to their show)… and it helps that as a band they were incredible!
The band is Enter the Haggis and now I am blogging about them too.
So the other performer may have been famous, once upon a time, but I don’t think any new fans were made this weekend.
Enter the Haggis… You Rock!