How Do I Design An Outdoor Concert Stage?
If you’re organising an outdoor concert, stage design is one of the most important factors when creating the perfect audio-visual experience.
Before you figure out the more decorative aspects of your event, building a foundation for a great experience is essential. This means adapting your stage with appropriate lighting and implementing health and safety measures for the crowd.
In this blog, we’ll discuss the following important aspects of outdoor concert stage design to help you organise the perfect event:
- Audio-visual sets and lighting
- Crowd density
- Crowd-control measures
3 Things To Remember When Designing An Outdoor Concert Stage
Invest In Audio and Visuals That Make An Impact
When designing an outdoor music stage, imagine that it’s a blank canvas. To bring your creative concept to life, you need to consider how lights, screens, and speaker placement will amplify the experience until long after the sun goes down.
If you want to create an unforgettable music festival, your outdoor concert stage must be large enough to fit both the performers and the more powerful lighting required for your venue. You wouldn’t want performers stumbling over equipment during their set!
An outdoor concert stage also requires more speakers than an indoor stage to make sure music can be heard.
Consider Safe Crowd Density
For your concert to be a success, you want a large crowd to attend and stay for the duration of the event. But, it’s important to know that your expected crowd density level meets industry regulations.
Any outdoor concert stage should be carefully designed to suit the way a crowd will gather in a venue. Australian festivals should use ‘crowd science’ to prepare for and monitor the crowd density of their event so that attendees are safe and comfortable.
If you’re preparing an outdoor music stage for an event, the crowd capacity of your venue depends on the number of safety exits and sanitary facilities, as well as the number of paths people can take to exit the venue.
Understanding crowd density also makes it easier to:
- Plan an evacuation strategy
- Know the time it takes for people to leave after the event ends
- Estimate the number of facilities required eg. toilets and food stalls
Your design process should also consider the risks related to severe weather such as heatwaves. A well-constructed stage can withstand wet conditions so it doesn’t become slippery and put performers and staff at risk.
Crowd Control Measures Are Always Necessary
We’ve all heard the phrase “the crowd goes wild”. It’s fun to let your hair down at a concert, but when designing an outdoor concert stage it’s important to use sturdy crowd barriers.
Crowd-control barriers don’t just keep people from diving into or jumping up onto the stage. You can also use them to flank walkways and separate paths for the audience and performers.
The Framelock brand of crowd barriers offers quality craftsmanship for a sturdy and safe solution to crowd control. The barriers are made of aluminium and designed for quick set-up and disassembly.
Disassembling an outdoor music stage is also an important activity to consider when drafting a design plan. Consider employing hydraulic lifts to assemble and put away a concert stage with the same efficiency and speed.
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