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The promoter checklist: how to throw a great party

Seven handy pointers for becoming the king or queen of your local rave scene

  • Mixmag staff
  • 24 November 2015

You're into dance music. You're into partying. At some point, you're going to put two and two together and do something yourself because there's nothing more fun than throwing your own rave.

But organising an on-point party isn't as easy as you might think. You're going to need to apply a little science, follow a few simple rules and rely on that little stash of good luck that you've reserved for a rainy day. Oh, you'll also need to send your friends hourly updates so that they don't forget to help you throw down like it's next-level 1999.

Jokes aside, there are a bunch of crucial things you need to do to put on a perfect function. Everything from flyer artwork (or, should we say, Facebook banners) to getting your event listed online needs to be thought of. Trust, with the following checklist, you'll be seeing those advance ticket sales fly out in no time.

Pick a date that works

Don't: throw a party on the same night as your best friend's birthday bash, do a mid-week club night if all your friends have day jobs, make your promoter debut on a Bank Holiday weekend when there's too much competition, plan an epic bender the weekend before payday.

Do: throw a party on your birthday, run a mid-week club night if you're a student and are free to eat pizza on a Thursday as a hangover cure, make your promoter debut on guaranteed big nights when all your mates will be out, plan an epic bender the night of payday.

Make sure your event is listed online

Get a listing on Eventbrite early doors to make sure people know about your party and start buying advance tickets from the word go. It's a good way of spreading the word, since you can share it with your social networks at the click of a button - then collect email addresses so you can fill your audience in about your NEXT party. You can also gauge how many people are coming and earn a bit of coin before the big night. One word: essential.

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