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7 Steps To Set Up A Solid Concert Stage

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From time to time, there will be occasions and social gatherings that’ll require you to set up a solid concert stage. A concert stage will provide a perfect venue to present various performances, host contests, or set up a loud sound system with a music DJ. Thus, you must ensure that the whole stage is well-equipped and ready for the type of concert or event you’re hosting so the show can run smoothly from start to end.

However, setting up a concert stage won’t always be easy, especially if it’s your first time. From the stage lighting, sound system, and microphones to the placement of the instruments and performers’ positions, you need to ensure everything is ready before the show starts.

But don’t worry as this post will discuss the following steps you can take to help you set up a solid concert stage before the show begins. Keep on reading to learn more.

1. Choose A Venue

Before you worry about the lighting and sound system, you need to find a venue where you can set up these things. The venue for your concert stage will depend on the event you’re hosting.

For example, if you need a small stage for your resto-bar or coffee shop, you need to choose a venue inside your bar that’s spacious enough to accommodate the performers, the band, and their instruments. If your bar already has a mini stage floor, the better.


Meanwhile, if you’re setting up a stage for an outdoor event/festival, a large open field may be the perfect venue for the concert. And since an open field doesn’t have a stage floor yet, you’ll need to invest in staging decs in various sizes to assemble them into a large stage.

Your stage must be made of tough and durable materials to handle and carry bulky instruments, speakers, and performers. Preferably, before you buy staging decs and stage risers, estimate how much weight the stage will need to support to avoid serious accidents and liabilities.

2. Plot The Stage

Now that you have the venue and the stage, it’s time to plot it. You must plot the stage first before placing any instruments or equipment in the area to clearly illustrate how the stage will be utilized. When stage plotting, you can use the following symbols to indicate what each spot is reserved for:

● X is for the stage chair;
● — is for the music stand;
● Rectangles are for the stage risers;
● O is for the drums or the Tympani; and
● The small o is for the stools.

You may also customize your own symbols, especially if you need many stage plots. Just make sure to list everything on one sheet and provide copies to your stage staff and crew so everyone will know their positions.

3. Set Up The Lighting

Great lighting is one of the critical keys to achieving a solid concert stage. Without proper lighting, the stage crew and stage performers might have difficulty finding their spots, and the atmosphere of the concert will be affected.

For optimal stage lighting, consider hiring a professional lighting company as part of the concert planning process. These professionals have the complete set of stage lights for you to choose from. You can pick the ones that’ll perfectly fit the ambiance that you want to achieve for your concert. Most importantly, they have the talent and skills to create stage lighting designs, which is essential, especially for pop concerts.

4. Organize The Sound System

The sound system isn’t only about the music for the concert. This includes gathering the microphones, speakers, headsets, amplifiers, and other audio equipment you may need throughout the concert. Before the show, it’s essential to test all these tools to see if they’re functional. You must also test the volume level of the microphone and speakers to see if the audio’s too loud or too soft for the audience.

5. Pay Attention To The Backstage Area

The backstage is still an important part of the concert stage so ensure you also pay attention to it. This is where the stage crew, band, and other performers gather around before they perform. Thus, ensure you dedicate enough space so everyone can move around and do their individual tasks before they go onstage.


6. Provide Enough Seating For The Audience

Your concert stage would be nothing without the audience. So, to ensure your target viewers will watch the entire concert, you must provide enough seating for the expected number of people. Plus, you need to ensure that their seats are strategically positioned so the viewers at the back can still have a good view of the stage.

7. Add Decoration

To complete the ensemble, you can decorate the stage depending on the ambiance you want to achieve. You may add banners, flags, flowers, or anything that will make the stage look more exciting and inviting for the audience.

Wrapping Up

Overall, setting up a solid concert stage may take time and intense preparation. But as long as you and your stage crew are on the same page, you can all work together to assemble a perfect stage for your event.

Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.

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