Marcus Taylor of The Musicians Guide writes on Mic Control about his experience of seeing 200 bands play live in the course of one day and what he learned by seeing so many in such quick succession.

There are some great tips as well as a few things that ought to worry bands that ‘aren’t with the programme’!

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of being on a judging panel at Live & Unsigned at the Birmingham NEC in the UK, which was an amazing opportunity to gain some insight into what makes a band stand out from the crowd as I had to watch over two hundred auditions in a single day – a very, very long day.

Here are ten observations I made whilst watching the 200 bands audition, and some tips on how you can stand out from the crowd of mediocrity at your auditions and gigs.

Read them all here.