Ahh  yes… the coveted backstage and green room area of a show or festival.

So many humans want so badly to be there, yet many have no idea that the only reason they want to be there is because they are told, they cannot.

Getting the chance to be in the green room or even on stage with your favorite artist is pretty dope in theory, but some people seem to lose all their common sense once they walk through to backstage.

Trillvo has reached out to many promoters, tour managers, even artists themselves and asked them to give advice on how to properly act in a backstage setting!

We present to you, from every perspective, the do’s and dont’s of backstage and green room etiquette.

A Lot of these rules will be repeated based on what category you fall into in your backstage presence.  

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Artist Etiquette

We included this portion because many people forget that artists are human too. This is their job and many new artists and even veterans forget how to behave on a job site. 

Be respectful of everyone in the room. You have no idea who anyone could be, male or female… treat everyone with respect. I stress this for artists, because before I (RayTrill) was booking shows and helping artists reach their goals… I was just another face backstage. I saw the worst and best in every artist that I encountered until people knew who I was and that’s stuck with me forever.

DO NOT SEXUALLY HARASS YOUR BOTTLE GIRLS. I can’t stress this enough. 80% of artists are men by statistics and 100% of bottle “girls” are just that… these women are working for a check… the last thing they need is an obnoxious person who thinks they are entitled to everything including their bodies.

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Party Favor’s IG

If you are a supporting artist, DO NOT hound the DJ about you career and your music and how they’re sleeping on you.. come on bro.. you think they haven’t heard this a million times. Get to know the artist on a real level; if they like you as a person there will be time for that later.

Supporting artists don’t talk about production tips or techniques unless they bring it up first. If you are trying to get them your demos, quickly hand them a USB with songs and don’t give them a backstory with it.

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Venue/Media Workers Etiquette

Many people work in a venue/festival to make sure everything runs smoothly backstage. These people have rules to follow as well, and sometimes are not properly educated on how to conduct themselves.

ALWAYS wear ALL BLACK. You are meant to work, not be seen.

If an artist is engaged in a conversation, it is NOT ok to grab said artist for meaningless banter, a selfie or to interrupt the conversation for media related questions. If you are bottle service or A&R there are small exceptions.

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Party Favor’s IG

Pay attention to specifics. If an artist asks for Evian bottled water, don’t buy them Ozarka.

ALWAYS ASK IF YOU MAY TAKE A PHOTO OR VIDEO. DON’T JUST STUFF YOUR DEVICES IN THEIR FACE! Come on, how annoying is that to just have someone random come up and shove a phone in your face?

THE GREEN ROOM IS NOT YOUR PRIVATE VIP. DO NOT BRING ALL YOUR FRIENDS

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Don’t take creepy snapchats of the artist having conversations…9/10 those are private conversations you weirdos; this isn’t TMZ media guys, we’re not selling our best Marshmello videos to the highest video for fame. Do you even understand how fucking weird that is? Trying to get famous off of someone else’s personal life.. what is it with you?

Employee etiquette: don’t make your artist do anything besides hang out while he’s there and don’t yell at them for not wanting to do work for you.

If you see a fruit tray on the table and you have been given the thumbs up to partake… Do not reach your filthy hands into the fruit… use a damn fork and WASH YO HANDS FOOL

NEVER EVER EVER get fucked up AT ANYTIME. You are working! This is WORK!

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The tour manager is not your new “bff Jill”. Don’t go bothering them asking where the after party is at etc. THEY ARE THERE TO WORK!!

Bare with me on this one guys, because this one is pretty important…. If you get a chance to talk to the artist, TREAT THEM LIKE AN ACTUAL PERSON BECAUSE YA KNOW, THEY ARE PEOPLE.

Always take care of the tour manager and the crew with the same respect as the artist, they are working too.

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If the artist is sitting in a corner, laptop out with headphones on, THAT MEANS LEAVE THEM THE HELL ALONE AS THEY ARE ADDING FINAL TOUCHES TO SLAY THEIR SET.

Finally, remember that being asked to join an artist in the green room is a PRIVILEGE. So don’t abuse it and maybe you’ll get invited to come back again.

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Fan/Guest Etiquette

This is very important, because for many of you that fall into this category you only get this one shot to not act like a total incompetent fan. So stop acting like you just met God and act like a normal human… something artists dont see often.

If an artist is engaged in a conversation, it is NOT ok to grab said artist for meaningless banter and a million selfies. NEVER EVER EVER! Do not ever forget that these humans are at work, this is their job and backstage is considered a work environment where a lot of deals and connections that last forever are made.

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@SimplyyyG Instagram

Don’t drink anything unless you’ve been given the ok or offered by the DJ or tour manager. Do you just go in someone’s house and eat their ramen? No… Artists DO NOT get an endless supply of alcohol. Everything costs money.

If offered alcohol by the DJ… IT IS NEVER OK to kill their bottle… in what world and with any human is that ever OK? That’s like going into someone’s section and running away with the bottle. AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOD do not get fucked up to where you make a fool of yourself. Be respectful of everyone in the room. You have no idea who anyone is, male or female… treat everyone with respect.

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Listen to venue staff AND artist management. If you’re told to step back, do it. Definitely be gone before the world “Leave” is able to be finished.

f you’re not working, you’re lurking… GET OUT! Unless you’re invited to be backstage or in the green room, never be the awkward person in the corner.

The stage is not an open invite for twerk sessions or head banging, go into the crowd for that where everyone is doing it. It’ll be more fun I promise! If you think everyone backstage is acting stuck up because they’re not participating.. it’s because they’re working… the whole point of the crowd is to have fun.

THE GREEN ROOM IS NOT YOUR PRIVATE VIP. YOU CAN’T BRING ALL YOUR FRIENDS

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Don’t take creepy snapchats of the artist having conversations…9/10 those are private conversations you weirdos.. come on fans… act like you actually have some respect for the musical artists you fan person over. don’t be a fucking douchebag.

If you see a fruit tray on the table and you have been given the thumbs up to partake… Do not reach your filthy hands into the fruit… use a damn fork and WASH YO HANDS FOOL

Don’t offer sexual gestures to get into the green room or even on the guest list. I seriously can not believe that has to be said but it happens all the damn time. Not cool ladies, not cool.

The green room bathroom is not your private bathroom, that bathroom is for the headliner, like if the headliner says go for it, DO NO SHIT IN GREENROOM, do not make a mess and for the love of God do not throw up.

The tour manager is not your new bff Jack & Jill. Don’t go bothering them asking where the after party is at etc etc… THEY ARE THERE TO WORK!!

Bare with me on this one guys, because this one is pretty important…. If you get a chance to talk to the artist, TREAT THEM LIKE AN ACTUAL PERSON BECAUSE YA KNOW, THEY ARE PEOPLE 

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@SimplyyyG Instagram

Never ever start telling an artist how many artist you’ve hung out with or how many artist have signed your dirty shirt. I promise they don’t care about the artists you think are more important than them. Half the time those are their friends.

If the artist is sitting in a corner, laptop out with headphones on, THAT MEANS LEAVE THEM THE HELL ALONE AS THEY ARE ADDING FINAL TOUCHES TO SLAY THEIR SET 

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Posted by:Sierra Bianchini

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