Reviews: BandWagon: A More Affordable Tour Option

Written by Indie Ambassador Posted in: Reviews on August 10, 2011

More often than not vehicle and fuel costs are the most expensive part of touring. Whether you buy or rent your vehicle, there are associated costs that can seriously impair a band's ability to tour effectively. However, there are options out there to subsidize these expenses and make touring and promoting yourself more affordable.  For instance, we've always been an advocate for alternative fuel sources, to such an extent that we even converted a hospital shuttle to run on veggie oil.

But, I digress...

We first heard about BandWagon from a post on Eisley's Facebook page last April. Visions of BandWagons running on veggie oil started dancing through our heads and we immediately needed to know more. Through chatting about the company with their rental contact Jeremy, we learned that BandWagon is a new initiative being spearheaded by an established tour bus company that saw a need for affordable, mid-level touring vehicles.

After focusing in Prevost rentals for years, they realized that bands shouldn't have to cram into 11-passenger vans or dish out the majority of their touring revenue on a bus and driver in order to make an impact on the road. With both rental and purchase options, BandWagon vehicles are hybrids between a Prevost tour bus and a box truck. I haven't really figured out a better way to describe them, so if you have any ideas we would love to hear them!

Regardless, BandWagons have a little less living space then a Prevost, but function just the same with a bathroom, shower, bunks, couches, a kitchenette, and entertainment system. While it's still a bit more expensive than a van when you factor in gas mileage, they're affordable and don't require a CDL license to drive. On top of that, you're able to rest in comfort while traveling which really helps once you're on the road for extended periods of time. Having space to walk around or stretch your legs is huge.

We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Zack Hansen of The Word Alive and Cory Ferris of  Woe, Is Me at the Massachusetts date of Vans Warped Tour to get first hand feedback on touring in a BandWagon.

From the sound of it, BandWagon delivers.

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