1. Cover the basics
Creating the right ambiance at a musical event is about more than lasers and special effects. You also need to create a general glowing ambiance to act as a backdrop and to allow punters to see clearly. LED light towers are going to be your best friends in this endeavor. They offer a wide range of color options while also being reliable and virtually unbreakable. They also radiate very little heat, which is a big bonus when it comes to stage lighting.
2. Assess everything from the audience’s POV
You could set up the most epic light show, but if the crowd can’t see the band or DJ, it’s likely to detract from their experience. For this reason, it’s essential to assess all your installations from the audience’s point of view.
Be sure to check multiple vantage points, including the front, center, sides, and the nosebleed section. This will guide you in how you set up your stage, lighting, speaker stacks, and other effects. For example, you may realize that your spectacular light show is directed too close to the audience’s eye level, making it a blinding rather than mind-blowing experience. By checking this in a test run, you’ll be able to adjust the lights and the program they’re running to ensure they’re as comfortable as they are spectacular.
3. Get the staging right
Your stage design will create the parameters for every other visual element you bring in. It will also have a huge impact on the crowd’s experience of the event. The size and layout of your venue are the first things to take into account. The type of staging suitable for a stadium will be far different from what would be reasonable in an intimate venue.
Once you’ve narrowed down your options based on these parameters, you’ll need to consider the nature of the performance. Low, wide stages are great for bands playing in smaller indoor venues. If you have more space to play with and the performers will be moving around, you could consider something more out there, like a circular central stage with a 360-degree audience area.
4. Consider video mapping
Lasers are all well and good, but you can transform your venue into a whole new mesmerizing world with the right equipment and a talented video mapping guru. These artists will map out the contours of your venue and then create stunning effects that bring the space to life.
You can consult with them to give them an idea of the vibe you’re going for. However, once you’ve briefed them, it’s important to hand over the creative reins. This means you’ll need to do plenty of research to find a reputable projection mapping artist in your area.
5. Cover up all wires, cords, and clutter
Your stage design is not complete until you’ve taken care of all the stray bits of gaffer tape, loose cords and cluttered equipment. If you can’t avoid having cables running through traffic areas, they need to be taped down or otherwise secured to ensure they don’t pose a hazard.
Of course, you want the clutter out of the way for aesthetic reasons too. This is why it’s essential to have a stock of blackout curtains, fences, and other physical design elements you can use to disguise all the behind-the-scenes stuff.
So much goes into designing the perfect visual experience at a concert. Keep the above tips in mind, and you’ll have the important basics covered, allowing you to let your imagination run wild.
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