As a tribute band you’ve worked hard to get the right look and sound. Don’t let this go to waste. Show yourself off with an outstanding tribute band website. You might be wondering if you have the skills to do this, so let us reassure you - you do!
With our built-in tools and features it’s easy to set up a tribute band website design that suits your style. The principles of web design apply to anyone trying to create a great looking website, but there are a couple extra tips for tribute band sites.
Let’s dive into the pages you’ll need to create a solid web presence for your tribute band.
When a visitor arrives to your website you want them to immediately know who you’re paying tribute to. This is best accomplished with a large professional header image. The Cashbags show off a sleek header image on their Johnny Cash tribute band website.
You may want to cut corners by using a photo from your phone or something like that, but don’t do it. Images taken on a mobile device won’t have the quality or size you need for your website. If you use this type of image it can appear blurry or stretched. Bad photos in your header area can create a negative impression of your band.
In addition to a nice header image, you’ll want to include a few things in the body of the Homepage. You’ll want a mailing list signup form, a short paragraph about who you are, and a few show dates. The Homepage provides a summary making your site visitor want to explore more of your pages.
Although your fans love the artist or band you represent, they still want to know you. People that aren’t artsy live vicariously through musicians and artists. They love to know all the little details about how you got started and what you do on the road.
A good Bio page relates your story; past, present and future. Fans want to know why you love your tribute band/artist, what made you start your band and where you hope to take it in the coming years.
Your About page should also include any accomplishments or awards you’ve received. Italian Coldplay tribute band, Gold Rush, does a great job with this.
Not only do they have a detailed biography but also an impressive list of countries they’ve played. To round out the page they also include images and videos to spice up the page visually.
The great thing about being in a tribute band is that you have a built-in fan base (sort of). People who love the artist or band you're a tribute to want to hear what you’re playing. This gives you a leg up when it comes to gigs.
Make sure your shows page lists all your events including date, location, and any extra details.
Gabriel Sanchez of The Prince Experience has designed a good looking Tour page.
The events are organized in list view with Prince’s signature purple color as an accent. The performance images on the page give fans an idea of what it will be like if they come to a show.
It’s also a great idea to add another mailing list signup form to this page. Since they are interested in your show dates, they’ll also want to know when you’re coming to their town as well.
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When fans hire you, they're doing so as a special performance. After the show is done don’t be afraid to ask for reviews. This will be a major factor when new fans come to your site looking to hire a band for their event.
Adding reviews is easy with our Text feature. You can simply enter the content of the reviews on the page like Rick St James of The Rod Stewart Show has done.
With our built-in GigSalad integration you can also add a GigSalad Review feature to show off all the great reviews you get from fans and clients. This feature is setup to blend in with the colors of your existing website.
With a Photos page you can set up different galleries showing you in different environments. This is where you’ll display promo photos, performance photos, and candids on tour. You can even use our built-in Instagram feature to display your Instagram feed on your website. This shows a more personal side of you and your band.
Another great option is to add a fan photos section. Swan Song, a Led Zepplin tribute band, has a dedicated fan page, The Ocean, to celebrate all their fans.
Adding images of fans keeps them coming back to see if they made it into your gallery. This is especially exciting for tribute band fans since they can brag on social media how they got a picture with their favorite artist or band. Tagging you in the photo can lead to you gaining some new fans!
A big factor in a fan or venue hiring you is knowing if you put on a good show. A Videos page shows you in action, giving the visitor an idea of your skills.
Refugee, a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band, displays three large videos playing different songs.
With our video feature it’s easy to add videos you’ve already uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo. When visitors watch from your website this still counts as views on YouTube. That way you can hold the attention of your visitor on your site instead of sending them into a sea of funny videos on another site. Keeping a fan on your site as long as possible is ideal because the focus is on you.
Since tribute bands make great guests for special events you’ll want an electronic press kit (EPK). This provides a snippet of all the other pages on your site. A successful press kit should include a short bio, hi-res images, a couple of songs, a video, and a contact form.
Love Gunner, a tribute to KISS, shows us a nicely laid out press kit page.
With concise info, you save time for the industry professional or fan who’s looking at several other bands for their event. Give 'em what they’re looking for and make sure they have a way to contact you to book!
Which leads us to the final page on your website, the Contact page. Keep it simple with a contact form and some social media icons. You can add a few more questions to the custom form for any booking information you need as well.
The Caverners, a Beatles tribute band, provides a good example of this.
Adding one more mailing list signup form to the contact page will also give visitors one last chance to get on your list. It’s super important because this is the way you’ll be able to stay in touch with them long-term.
Our tribute band website templates make it easy to get started. You’ve seen some excellent examples in this post, but for more inspiration take a look at our examples page and the Beautiful Band Websites section of the our Blog. If you need a bit more guidance, check out our free online guide How to make a website for your music.
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