Concerts and Festivals Around the World

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Concerts and music festivals around the world have become a billion-dollar industry and can include anything from a single musical group to a series of groups playing over several days. The music types can incorporate any styles including classical, popular, R&B, soul, folk and rock or heavy metal to name but a few.

The size and setting of concerts and festivals vary depending on what type of concert it is and the prominence of the musical act or acts playing. The size of the concert normally will set the needs of the setting with smaller concerts being held in nightclubs and with bigger concerts being held in anything from a Stretch tent or concert hall to large multipurpose buildings and even sports stadiums and large public parks.

Concerts require massive support

Concerts that are held in the large covered indoor venues and tents are often called “arena concerts”. Both indoor and outdoor concerts require massive support from both lighting and sound crews it is is to be a successful “gig” or show.

The nature of a musical concert or festival is determined by the various music styles or performers as well as the spectator’s needs. For example, smaller music concerts with say a folk music bill being played will be the same no matter where in the world they are. Different types of music types also have different types of followers, with many peripheral services being offered at the concert or festival venue that would appeal to the concert-goer. An example of this would be that tattoo artist will often be available at heavy metal or rock concerts as this goes with the lifestyle of the music fans. However, you would not find the same tattoo artists at a classical music concert venue.

Performances are very elaborate

Some concert performances are very elaborate and need to be held in venues that can incorporate both the safety needs of holding such concerts as well as the space needs required for additional entertainment devices. These devices include elaborate stage lighting, image magnification (IMAG) systems, inflatable mechanized structures, smoke machines and pyrotechnics.

These venues have to be specially selected and booked months and sometimes years in advance. They also need a full complement of safety and disaster management officers to handle any situation. In some instances where these safety and size regulations have not been followed in the past, it has led to the loss of life and damage to equipment and property.

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