The biggest step you can make towards a successful performance is to plan it.
If you go on stage with a set and no other plan than just play the songs on your list... You are just another regular band performing.
In this jungle of bands and performers, if you want to stand out, you will have to be more than regular. You will want to plan and stage your performance in order to blast your audience visually, emotionally and musically all at the same time.
Imagine a movie without a soundtrack, imagine a show without lights and imagine a book without a story line you could connect emotionally to...
A stage performance needs all these elements as well in order to catch the audience.
Why do you think some bands struggle to make fans with their original songs while some cover bands strike each time with their audience? Because cover bands play songs that their listeners can relate to emotionally as they already know them by heart!! Do not under-estimate the emotional connection when you perform as it is probably the strongest element that can influence your success or your lack of it.
Unfortunately, many artists overlook emotional connection and do not take off at all, focusing only on the playing part.
If you want to really help yourself building a serious fan base, learn how to connect your audience's emotions to your songs, to you and furthermore to your entire show.
This can literally change your career approach and path.