Summer Means Outdoor Concerts

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!

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