Audio System and Lighting Specifications

THE TIGER LILLIES sound requirements by Johnny Nolan and Adrian Stout

The Tiger Lillies are a three-piece acoustic band.

  • Martyn Jacques - vocals, accordion, piano, ukulele

  • Adrian Stout - vocals, upright bass, theremin, guitar, musical saw

  • Jonas Golland - vocals, drums

Please provide on stage:

Drum kit

  • We need a good quality pro level jazz drum kit to be provided for our shows. Vintage kit prefered.

  • Gretsch, Tama, Ludwig, DW, Yamaha, Premier, Slingerland, Rogers, Pearl (pro models) preferred brands

  • 12” or 14” x 5/5.5” Snare drum with white coated heads

  • 14" (floor) tom-tom

  • 18" or 20" bass drum

  • 4 cymbal stands with at least one boom stand

  • snare stand

  • hi-hat stand

  • pair of hi-hat cymbals

  • bass drum pedal

  • adjustable drum throne (spinning preferred)

  • drum carpet


  • We need a grand piano (Yamaha C3 prefered. Steinway are also acceptable) provided for our shows.

Acoustic Guitar

We need a professional nylon string acoustic guitar, with pickup and guitar strap, provided for our shows

Yamaha NCX/NTX, Takamine, Taylor, Guild

1 acoustic guitar stand

Bass Amp

  • Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 amp and 2x10” or 4x10” cabinet (preferred choice)

  • Gallien-Krueger (MB 150 Mk II or III)

  • Gallien-Krueger MB or RB head and cabinet

  • AER Basscube

  • Phil Jones Briefcase

  • Eden Amp and cabinet

Stage Plan. 

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The band sets up in a diamond formation, with Martyn at the front and the bass and drums set slightly behind, on stage left and right. Piano to be set behind the centre vocal position. The piano should be about 1.5 m from the front vocal position. Please set the band up as close to the front of the stage as possible.

Please use a small stage riser for the keyboard when playing a standing venue with a low stage.

The band will provide a pre-show USB stick of suitable pre-show music to the venue.

General System notes

  • The band will arrive at the venue about three hours before the house opens.

  • Sound checks should take no more than 90–120 minutes.

  • When we arrive on stage all mics are on stands and line-checked, DI boxes set, the piano is tuned and miked-up and the monitors and mics have a basic monitor level ready to start.

If our sound technician is traveling with the band he will arrive at the venue to set the PA up prior to the band’s arrival.

  • System should be capable of covering the entire audience area with a clean, smooth full range frequency response.

  • Driven by quality amplifiers (eg Lab Gruppen, D&B or Crown)

  • Capable of an undistorted SPL of 20db at 50m from stage with any limiters removed from its signal path

  • Cabinet placement and trim to be agreed with FOH engineer

  • Acceptable cabinets
    Funktion One
    D&B J line
    or equivalent

Sound Desk

SOUNDCRAFT Vi4, Vi6 or Vi 2000 preferred. 
All relevant local racks and patch bays
Console should be positioned centrally approx 2/3 of the distance from stage apron to rear wall if possible


6 x D&B M2  plus Side Fills
All relevant cabling and amplification
Monitors will be run from FOH

Full set of mics and stands  (see channel list)

plus 1 x straight stand to mount the theremin on
2 x black chairs without arms
1 x height adjustable piano stool
240v (110v where applicable) Power supply on stage,  4 at bass position, 1 at front position
3 x large music score stands


  1. KICK DRUM SM52 Short boom stand

  2. SNARE BETA 57 Short boom stand

  3. HI HAT KM 184 Short boom stand

  4. FLOOR TOM E604 Clip

  5. RIDE KM 184 Tall boom stand

  6. OH KM 184 Tall boom stand

  7. TOY XYLOPHONE SM 57 Short Boom Stand

  8. BASS Active DI

  9. ACCORDION Active DI

  10. PIANO L KM 184 Tall boom stand

  11. PIANO R KM 184 Tall boom stand

  12. SAW SM 57 Short boom stand

  13. THEREMIN Active DI Tall straight stand


  15. UKELELE Active DI

  16. ADRIAN VOX SM 58 Tall boom stand

  17. JONAS VOX SM58 Tall boom stand

  18. MARTYN VOX SM58 Tall boom stand

  19. PIANO VOX SM58 Tall Boom Stand


  • 5 1/4"mono jack-to-jack instrument cables (6 m length).

  • DI-Boxes - BSS AR133 or Radial J48

  • For sound check, pre-show and in the intermission we need a mixing desk that can play MP3 from a USB stick and a stereo mini jack cable into the desk.

Lighting Plan

click on image for full size .pdf version. Plot designed by June Rubeji

For smaller venues we have a simple light plot available here.

  • The band require a dark floor.

  • -      Profiles for band members should be mostly on their faces and upper part of their bodies

    -      Always use just one colour and mix it with white

    -      Don't use red and blue light together

    -      Light is theatrical, so don't use it on full, except back floor lights

    -      Depending on the song, you can highlight band members, but never turn off front profiles, band members faces should be seen at all times

    -      Make a light picture at the start of the song and do just minor and slow changes during songs. Only for highlights of the songs!

    -      Public must be seen from the stage, but put public lights on minimum

    -      You can use a lot of haze, depending on venue, but don't fill it too much. Band members must be seen.

  • The lighting of the show should evoke 1930s cabaret, expressionist film, theatre, so dramatic shadows and high contrast are encouraged. Please try and avoid modern lighting effects

Stage management and show times


The Tiger Lillies prefer to perform without a support act, we usually play two complete full-length sets and so do not require or need a support act. We also do not want to have to move our instruments and monitors to accommodate a support as we have many delicate instruments that need careful positioning. We assume and hope that an audience have come to see us perform and so we prefer to not have the distraction and inconvenience of a support act, no matter how small, nice, similar, different, or good they are. We like to create a unique atmosphere for the audience that can be easily broken by a support group. After twenty-five years we think that is fair enough.

We don't mind photography but would ask that patrons refrain from flash and irritating the other members of the audience during the show by filming constantly. Press should take photos at the start of the concert with flash and then leave the stage area and continue without flash. Please inform press that we require copies of all photos to be sent to our PR person.

The Tiger Lillies play two sets of 45 minutes each (90 minutes in total). Please notify the band 30 minutes, 10 minutes and 5 minutes before the concert starts.

At the start of the show, drop the houselights and have someone make a small introduction through the PA such as,

"Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome… The Tiger Lillies."

This will also serve as the cue for the band to enter the stage. The band will play 45 minutes and then take a 20-minute break. We prefer if a bar is in the same room as the stage that it be closed during the performance. It should only be open before and after the show and during intermission.

After the break please make a second announcement,

"Ladies and Gentleman, please welcome back… The Tiger Lillies."

which will be the cue for the band to enter the stage again for the second set.

The band will play another forty-five minutes plus any encores. Once the band has finished playing they will proceed straight to the foyer to sign CDs.


The Tiger Lillies always sell merchandise at their show. As an independent band this is a vital part of our job as it provides an opportunity for our fans to meet the band and purchase CDs that are difficult to obtain in shops. Please provide a well-lit table in the foyer where the band can sell and sign CDs.

We would also like the venue to arrange a person to sell merchandise before the show, at intermission and after the show.

After the encores we will proceed to the merchandise table to encourage people to buy CDs and give autographs. CDs will be sent to the venue or promoter in advance, please provide a contact address for delivery. After the show we sometimes need to arrange collection of unsold CDs by FedEx or post. We will provide the correct paperwork so that the CDs can be shipped at the band’s expense.

Adrian Stout is responsible for merchandise, speak to him when he arrives at the venue or before the event.

Transport Requirements

  • Check with management about luggage requirements before booking flights.

  • The band will bring accordion, electric upright double bass, and some percussion.

  • The double bass is in a hard case 1.6 m x 0.8 m x 0.6 m, weight 22 kg.

  • Please arrange collection to and from the airport to venue/hotel. The minimum size of vehicle required is an eight-seater people carrier, or large estate/combi/station wagon able to fit the luggage and three band members, sound man, and driver.


  • Please book the band on a normal airline (British Airways preferred), as low-cost and budget airlines such as Ryan Air, EasyJet, Air Baltic, etc. will charge so much for the excess baggage that they will be more expensive and drive us all mad with their unreasonable policy on musical instruments. The airline should have a baggage allowance of 23 kg per person and allow one carry-on plus a laptop.

  • Adrian Stout requires 2 x 23KG bags booked on all flights, one for the travel double bass and one for his luggage.

  • British Airways is best for the band as excess baggage is never a problem.

  • Please confirm all flights with our agent before booking to prevent mistakes.

Hotel Requirements

  • Hotels should always be four- or five–star.

  • All rooms paid by the promoter.

  • All rooms should have a double bed (with a superior room for Martyn).

  • All rooms should have en suite bathrooms.

  • All rooms should have a phone, wifi internet access (at no cost to the band) and a television.

  • Breakfast should be provided at no additional cost.

  • We prefer a decent hotel close to the venue or in a downtown location.

  • Boutique/Classic/Arty/Character hotels are better than a soulless corporate business hotel. We don't need a conference room, but we do like to be close to amenities and the centre of town. If you want to go mad and put us in the best hotel in town we won't complain.

  • Please run hotel bookings past Tim and he will confirm that they are ok.

Dressing Room

Please provide one dressing room big enough for 4-6 people with hot and cold running water,  mirror with lights for makeup application. En suite bathroom would be an advantage.

  • 3 towels, soap,

  • 2 packs of facial makeup wipes (Neutrogena, Simple, etc., not baby wipes) for removal of our makeup.

Please provide a refrigerator and kettle.

Food & Drink, Misc

  • English-language newspapers (so we have something to do before the show)

  • small bottles of still mineral water

  • fruit juice, soft drinks

  • one (1) pot of coffee, one (1) pot tea

  • selection of teas

  • honey

  • fresh fruit selection

  • bottle good quality red wine

  • COLD bottle good quality white wine

  • case COLD bottled lager beers (12 minimum). No American beer please

  • bottle opener/corkscrew

  • light food selection (such as vegetables with dips, sandwiches, soup, salad, fish, cheese, crackers, bread, fruit).

  • Please have food available when the band arrives, i.e. during the sound check, so they have time to digest before the show.

  • If you want to make the band REALLY happy, they would love a more substantial hot meal before or after the show. Please check when band arrive if they need a meal to be prepared or to be taken to a restaurant. A cash buyout is also acceptable for dinner.

  • Dietary requirements: Martyn and Adrian have no dietary requirements, Jonas is a vegitarian and would prefer a vegan meal if available.

Please have three (3) cold lager beers (bottle or draught) ready in the dressing room during the interval. After the show The Tiger Lillies will sign CDs in the foyer or where the CDs are on sale. Please have three (3) cold beers available at the point of sale at the close of the show. Did we mention we like a cold beer? It’s thirsty work being in a band and we are happier to mingle with your audience after a show with a cold beverage in our hands.

For additional information please contact Tim Whitehead: / +44 (0)7917 755835.