In many parts of the US, winter is fast approaching, but there’s still time to squeeze in a few outdoor concerts before cold weather and an ever-present pandemic make in-person music unattainable. Here, we look at some key tips for making sure your outdoor show is as safe and enjoyable as possible.
Give Me Some Space: If you aren’t able to partition your attendees in cars or on balconies, properly delineating appropriately distant “pods” is the next best thing you can do. Measure out circles or squares that offer the appropriate six foot separation between groups.
Keep It Short: We all love thirty-minute guitar solos and triple encores, but the infrastructure needed for a three hour concert versus a ninety-minute show are vastly different. Attendees at a longer show will expect access to food and drinks, as well as more robust facilities than just a few port-a-potties.
Do You Have The Power? If you’re putting on an outdoor show, making sure you have proper power in advance of show day is essential to preventing a trainwreck. If you’re able, stress testing power and wifi in advance of the actual event can also save you from unnecessary headaches on show day.
Keep It Lit: While the ambience that nightfall brings can create a pleasant atmosphere for enjoying music, darkness can make important safety signage harder to read, and increases the risk of your crowd bending the rules with regard to social distancing and mask wearing.
Get It In Writing: For contact tracing purposes, it is essential that you get the contact info of everyone in attendance. Even if your show is free, ensuring you have a way to get a hold of everyone on site in the event of an outbreak is a must. Additionally, names and email addresses can be a great resource for marketing future events!
In Conclusion: There’s no denying that concerts (if they happen at all) simply won’t be as “fun” for a while. Still, with the proper precautions, we can continue to see and hear live music that isn’t on a screen.