LIGHTING FOR LIVE EVENTS & FESTIVALS
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WHY IS LIGHTING SO IMPORTANT AT MY LIVE EVENT OR FESTIVAL & WHAT SHOULD I LOOK TO HIRE?
While organisers of festivals and live music concerts often preoccupy themselves with their audio equipment choices, it's imperative to remember that the lighting is every bit as vital. Hearing artists and performers is one thing, but if the audience can't properly see them, they aren't going to be happy with their experience.
The same could be said of your lighting shows. Any DJ will tell you that the lighting choices you make could literally make or break a live performance. If your choreographed lighting show lacks an atmospheric buzz or feels very one-dimensional, then you could end up with a very flat performance. So let's take a look at what you need to be considering before you make choices regarding your live music or festival stage lighting fixtures.
+ LIVE MUSIC / FESTIVAL LIGHTING CONSIDERATIONS
Perhaps different to some other events, there are two broad categories for live performances: functional lighting, and performance lighting. What do we mean by that? Well, functional lights are those that are necessary for the performance to be appropriately lit. For instance, spotlights are an absolute necessity; otherwise, you won't be able to see your performer(s) properly. However, they don't necessarily add anything to the performance.
By contrast, performance lighting refers to fixtures that are going to enhance the performance to make it a more immersive experience for your audience. For instance, lasers combined with hazer machines can really up the ante on a live performance and pull in audience members. With that in mind, let's look at what you'll be using for both functions (some overlap both categories).
+ SPOTLIGHTS (FOLLOW SPOTS)
No live music performance takes place without spotlights. It doesn't matter if you're illuminating a grand symphony orchestra or a heavy metal band, without powerful spotlights, your audience will struggle to view the key players on the stage. Follow spots are exceptionally vital for live bands with lead singers who move back and forth across the stage. Even live performers such as DJs will need spotlights when they go on the mic in between songs.
+LED PAR CANS
PAR cans have been used to light up indoor and outdoor stages for decades. However, the traditional cans have been replaced with LED versions due to their reduced power consumption and ability to stay cool throughout a performance. Capable of emitting almost any colour on the spectrum, these versatile lights can wash stages in all shades of the rainbow and form a crucial pillar of most pre-planned light shows.
+MOVING HEAD / INTELLIGENT LIGHTS
Speaking on integral members of light shows, virtually every mid to largescale stage production will have these kinds of lights. They offer such a broad range of attributes, from being able to swivel and illuminate objects on command, to performing to a programmed routine, these fixtures have it all. You can also chop and change colours, attach overlays such as gobos, and use different lighting patterns to spice up a performance-based light display.
What would a large-cap festival stage be without lasers? A staple of any live DJ performance, lasers have a difficult-to-beat array of functionality. Each rigged laser is capable of beaming hundreds of patterns, and when combined with hazers and foggers, they really "pop."
Another cornerstone of festival lighting is stage blinders. Used to light up the crowd in those moments just before the "drop" or to signal the end of a performance, these lights are incredibly bright and versatile crowd-pleasers.
Another lighting fixture that is synonymous with sizeable live music performances and festival setups is strobe lighting. Programmable to the beat of the music, or flash on demand, these incredibly bright lights can give the appearance of time standing still between "pops"! Again, these fixtures are immensely popular in the electronic dance music festival scene as well as indoor arena performances.
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+ ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR YOUR LIVE MUSIC/FESTIVAL EVENT
Of course, the list above is not exhaustive, but they are likely to form your leading cast members when creating a live music event to remember. You may also want to invest in several additional pieces of equipment such as Lekos, foggers/hazers, and uplighters depending on the specific nature of your event. Next, you need to consider the visual aids that will work in tandem with your lights to produce an engaging stage production.
For instance, LED screens are almost a prerequisite these days. While they're not technically a lighting fixture, they can play leading roles in a complementary light production for live music performances. Finally, don't forget your truss structures and rigging for all of these lights. Some of these lights will need to be high above the stage to function as desired, so you should keep that in the back of your mind when hashing out the vision for your live music production.
+ CHOOSE ON TOUR EVENTS FOR YOUR LIVE MUSIC/FESTIVAL LIGHTING
Lighting is a crucial aspect of any live performance. However, it's importance significantly increases in a musical setting whereby the choices you make will have a tangible impact on the performance itself. Get them wrong, and you could leave your performers and audience unimpressed. Get them right, however, and you can create a concert or festival experience that no one will forget in a hurry.
Here an On Tour Events, we've supplied music festivals of all shapes and sizes with cutting-edge lighting fixtures as well as working on high-profile indoor arena events with live musical performances. We're always available to talk you through your lighting options, navigate you through the pros and cons of lighting products, and we can even provide experienced on-site technicians to direct and oversee mind-blowing light shows and displays.
So if you're looking to create the live music performance of a lifetime, then don't delay in contacting our knowledgeable lighting team regarding your event vision. We'll be ready and waiting to turn your concepts into reality!