Helpful Tips for the Best AMERICANAFEST® Experience
Determine what is important to you. Before stepping foot in Music City, figure out which panels, special events and showcasing artists you may want to see, what venues they're at and tailor your own AMERICANAFEST schedule using the mobile app. This helps to ensure that you are making the most of your time at the festival, and you can hit the ground running.
Don't overschedule. There are countless can't-miss special events and showcasing artists every year. Due to small venues with larger-than-life performances, you may have to choose between a "can't-miss" artist and the rest of your schedule. You’ll have more luck jetting between venues if you’re going for lesser-known acts. Otherwise, arriving early and camping out at a venue is your best bet. Either choice you make, it'll be the right one.
Plan ahead but stay flexible. Hungry? Check the "About" tab under "Where" in the Schedule section to know whether or not a venue offers food, parking, etc. It is also good to note that Conference Registrants will get priority access over Festival Wristband holders when it comes to getting into showcasing venues. If AMERICANAFEST knows a show is in extremely high demand, an RSVP will be sent just to Conference Registrants, so be prepared to wait in line. A good way to know which events will be in high demand is by checking out the "What's Hot" section in the mobile app.
Take time to network. You will be surrounded by artists and industry professionals at every level. Make the most of your experience and connect with others around you. Make lunch or dinner meetings with people you want to do business with - or with people you just want to get to know!
Stay open: You may discover your next favorite act. AMERICANAFEST prides itself on showcasing raw talent that has yet to reach the masses, once-in-a-lifetime collaborations and surprises you won't see anywhere else.
Cherish your AMERICANAFEST moments. This is serendipity in music form. If you are able to get into a showcasing venue almost at capacity and witness an artist playing an intimate showcase to a room full of 100 people, you will be lucky enough to know what that moment feels like. And we sure hope you do.