In this Preshow Rituals segment, the pop rock artist, Gareth Dunlop, reveals what he does before taking the stage. You can check out the rituals, after the break.
I usually try to get a quiet hour or so before a show… I like to be away from everybody and in my own space thinking and trying to centre myself. I have a weird thing that always happens… I start yawning incessantly! It’s not because I’m tired.. it just happens uncontrollably.
I must look like the most odd and bored guy before a gig!
I never eat much before a gig.. maybe some fruit, crisps or nuts. I don’t like that feeling of being on stage with a belly full of food. I eat BIG after I come off stage. I normally have a guitar backstage to mess around on… I run sections of each song and warm up my voice with some exercises.
A few minutes before I walk out I crack my neck, start pacing around pretty quick and jumping up and down. It gets the blood moving and it’s somewhere to put that early blast of adrenaline.