Rocking the House: 21 Graphic Gig Posters

An interesting part of music is the artwork that comes with it. There have been dozens to hundreds of album covers that are memorable and are considered as classic as the music it accompanies.

Albums like the Rolling Stones’ 40 Licks and Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon have classic cover art that are still being praised until today.

Gig Posters

Rolling Stone

Aside from the artwork from classic rock albums, let’s not discount the poster artwork of gigs and concerts of bands. These posters were the marketing springboards for musical events to advertise the bands playing in them. There’s a wide range of different influences used in creating these posters for band performances – pop art, psychedelic, typography, photography etc. Notable posters are from huge music festivals like Lollapalooza and the Woodstock of the late 1960s.

In recent years, marketing a musical event has jumped ship from one medium to another – from online marketing in social media sites to traditional print and vice versa. Now, there’s a renaissance in using posters and other traditional print advertising for marketing gigs and concerts to the public. Together with the renaissance of the poster medium, the art of graphic design have been reincorporated and used in a very dynamic style.

Here are some gig poster designs from the past decade of rock music:

Cadence is a senior blogger at You the Designer, a graphic design blog that features news, tips, trends, and tutorials for designers. Her quest to share her knowledge about design and photography has led her to contribute articles for different sites. Cadence is also interested in the business and advertising side of things, being a wannabe marketer herself.


  1. Mitari Enteh Dec 6, 4:01 pm

    Really impressive! I always find gig posters stunning and sometimes strange. But it’s still beautiful.

  2. Cadence Wu Dec 7, 10:09 am

    Thank you guys for appreciating the post! :)

  3. Rachael Dec 12, 12:01 pm

    I have always liked looking at gig posters to draw inspiration from, I have collected a lot over the past few years which are just sitting in my spare room, definitely want to put them up now after seeing this post!

    I think my favourite from this post is the Arcade Fire poster, I like the typography and the colours. I also like the Minus the Bear poster.

    • Cadence Wu Dec 16, 4:16 am

      Hi Rachael!

      You should definitely put up those posters, and maybe print new ones ;)


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