Get The Most From Your Stage
By Greg Whiting with The Sound Guys
As you're planning your event, here are a few steps you can take to maximize the entertainment value of your stage.
1) Allow time for strike and set
Even with a professional, two person crew (average for most festival/fair stages), it usually takes 15 minutes to get one act off, and the next artist ready to start. If you’re scheduling each act for 1 hour, their set will actually only be 45 minutes.
Also, communicate! Knowing what acts are coming up, and being prepared for them will help the crew to be prepared.
2) Rent a backline
Setting up and micing a drum set takes a good bit of time. Many production companies offer rental of a drum set and/or bass guitar amplifier. If all of the acts know they’re required to use what is provided, it will minimize set up time.