30 Groovy Gig Posters

Inspiration April 10, 2012

When you’ve got 100+ bands in one city, chances are you’re going to miss a couple of gigs that you would have really enjoyed (had you known about them, at least). There are a billion places a poster might occupy, after all, but around 80% of the time those particular surfaces and what’s on them will get ignored. At this point someone might exclaim, “But there’s the Internet! Why waste money printing things out and waste time finding spots for ACTUAL posters where the vast majority of people might miss them?”
 
Enter aesthetics. The image in Imaginary Poster 1 looks nice, but what’s with the neon Comic Sans? Imaginary Poster 2 would be okay, except the text looks like it was done in MS Paint with the airbrush tool. See, without aesthetics, the power of the Internet is moot. When you scroll down your Facebook feed, your eyes go immediately to the well-worded anecdotes, the beautiful images from a friend’s recent vacation, and–yes, this is where I was going to put it, how did you guess?–the awesome new gig posters announcing your favorite band’s next show.
 
What makes a good poster, though? From minimalist vectors to surrealist illustrations, newspaper cut-and-paste to retro ticket-inspired, here are 30 examples of groovy, definitely eye-catching gig posters.
 


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I know some of you who like gig posters as much as I do like to keep them around as souvenirs, but sometimes their original material doesn’t keep well or gets damaged because of one too many rowdy nights. Just so you know, reprinting that gig swag (with permission from the right people, of course) on material like canvas prints can not only save that art for longer, but even one-up the original poster’s feel too. And for those of you who actually print for gigs, our print partner’s also got a free banner promo going on (until May 7, 2012 at the moment) in case you’re interested.
 
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- Cadence

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 Gabrielle Mendez

People call her Beany. The internet calls her velvetdelirium. At this point, Google is about to become your best friend (if it isn't yet). *insert coin to continue*

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