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Summer Means Outdoor Concerts

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

With the advent of summer, it can only mean one thing. The season just opened up for concerts in your local park or amphitheatre. If you are someone who is producing a concert or a series of concerts for the first time, with less effort that you might imagine, you can have a hit on your hands.

There are some basic elements to follow to ensure your audience is bopping their heads, tapping their feet and even dancing to the rhythms.

Bands that will Draw a Crowd

You’ll indeed want to do your homework to determine what style of music works best in your hometown. Assuming that you’re not looking into hiring a 40-piece orchestra to play Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, hiring several local bands will be a fairly easy coup for you.


If your event is taking place during the day, there’s an expense you’ve saved yourself. There’s certainly nothing more powerful or that offers more natural lighting the Sun in all her glory

If however, your concert runs into the wee hours, you’ll want to invest in either hiring or owning a lighting system. Yours will want to include at least front, spotlights, floodlights and rear lighting.

The floodlights help bring life to your stage, while the front lights give definition to the band and the spotlights accentuate a particular member, usually the lead singer. Although you can do without the rear lighting, they help add effects to the stage and its performers.

If your budget allows it, adding coloured lights will give you drama that you might not otherwise achieve with white lights.

There’s no one way to use lighting. Indeed a lighting engineer might argue this point, but, as an amateur, by all means, mix it up. The audience is no more expecting a Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera then they are Lady Gaga.


Acoustics are as important to your concert as lighting is. Why bother going to all the trouble of making something that’s visually spectacular but falls flat because only the first two rows of people can hear it?

Whether your concert is meant to be heard by 50 or 500, adding a PA system will ensure that everyone is bopping, tapping and dancing to the music.

Oh, Yes, People!

There’s no worse feeling than getting the right bands, the perfect lighting and ensuring that everyone in the audience can hear it and you have but five people listening.

Advertising is the best way to spread the word. If you have a local newspaper that you know people read, this is one way. Another way is to produce a commercial to be broadcast on the radio. However this is quite costly.

Alternatively, you can post the date(s) on your website and use search engine optimization to draw traffic to it.

Whatever method(s) you employ, with all the effort you are putting into your concert, it will surely be a success!

How to Produce an Outdoor Concert

Monday, August 9th, 2010

There are many components that go into organizing an outdoor concert. To make the most of your event, you’ll not want to miss a single step.

If you think you can plan a concert in August and June is nearly over, you may be quite challenged to pull it off. Summer is “prime time” for venues, be they outdoor or indoor. They book months in advance. In some cases, as a company is closing last year’s event, they’re already putting a deposit down for the following year.

Assuming you have been successful at booking the park or arena you desire, now the real work begins.

You’ll need a plenty of money to have a successful concert. If you lack the funds necessary, you can always raise it by soliciting local businesses or offer to barter services. It’s better to have raised too much rather than falling short just before your event.

Local bands want nothing more than to be featured in your concert. You’ll have no shortage of talented musicians to choose from. The difficult part will be weeding them out. Many will be happy to do this for free, knowing that they’re gaining exposure and others may require a nominal fee, perhaps expenses getting to and from.

If your concert is during the day, you can forgo the lighting, however sound will be important regardless what time your band starts playing. Both lighting and sound systems can be hired by a local company, or if you’ve been considering doing this for a while, you may already own one. If you “go cheap” in other areas, be sure not to skimp on your sound. Audiences are very forgiving if the lead singer’s face was pink the entire concert, but if he or she can’t be heard or there’s a lot of reverberation, you’ll be run out town quickly!

Check with your local government office which permits are required to put on your event. They may also be able to advise you whether insurance is appropriate or if the city covers it.

You needn’t go to the fuss of booking professional vendors unless you desire to do so. Instead, ensure that at the very least, you’re providing water and refreshments. If the concert is booked for 6 hours or more, if you haven’t got food available, people will meander in and out as their stomachs direct them to do so.

It’s never a bad idea to hire security for an outdoor event. Even if all you’ve done is ask your cousin, uncle, next door neighbour and the local bouncer at your favourite nightclub, it’s something.

As the saying goes, “build it and they will come!” If you promote your concert, people will show up. Placing adverts in your local paper, posting flyers and word of mouth are all excellent ways to get the word out.

Last but surely not least is:

Enjoy yourself!