We just wrapped-up an incredible weekend with the fine folks from the Wil-Mar organization, where we provided live sound production service for their KidsFest Stage as part of AtwoodFest 2016. It was a really enjoyable festival- we met a ton of great people, worked with some amazing musicians, and had a great time!
We learned a few things from the event and wanted to share some of the experiences with you here:
1. Good, reliable power is crucial!
We don’t require a lot of power when compared to other live sound companies, but we do require at least two (2) 120-volt, 20-amp circuits for the PA system. If your band requires additional stage power, then we would really like to have access to three (3) 120-volt, 20-amp circuits.
The power should be located as close to the stage area as possible, and power needs to be confirmed as working and functional.
When we arrived to the festival, we discovered the nearest outlet (one, and only one) was more than 150-feet from the stage, and even worse, it wasn’t working. It had a bad receptacle. Thankfully, we were able to get the receptacle replaced and working just minutes before the festival started. We also managed to find one more outlet (another 150-feet from the stage, opposite direction), and were surprised that we ran the entire weekend on two circuits, with more than 300-feet of distance from the stage. Whew!!!
We don’t ask for much, but we really do need access to good power.
2. For festivals and events with multiple bands, detailed line-ups, stage-maps, and any other information about the performers’ needs are appreciated.
608 Sound & Light supported a total of thirteen (13) acts over a period of two (2) afternoons. Each act had their own, unique set-up and needs. Knowing as much as we can beforehand about each group ensures a smooth, seamless stage transition. It also avoids potential technical issues.
One of the acts required a CD player, which was not identified as necessary by the organizer. One of our engineers was able to (literally) run to his house, get a CD player and run back to the show just minutes before it was needed. Without that, the act wouldn’t have been able to perform!
3. Sunscreen and hydration are super important.
We love being outdoors, especially when we’re providing sound for a great festival or event. Make sure you bring plenty of sunscreen – our particular stage was set-up directly in the afternoon sun, and while it had a bit of a shade, many of the performers didn’t have sunscreen and were visibly uncomfortable. We shared our sunscreen with those who wanted it, and we had a cooler full of ice cold water and carbonated beverages.
4. If you can arrive to the stage a little early, things will go much easier.
Most of the groups that we worked with were excellent about arriving to the stage with plenty of time before their scheduled performance. This was great, because it allowed us to chat with the musicians, understand their set-ups and needs, and just hang-out and enjoy a bit of time together. Those shows also sounded the best – surprise, surprise!
So there you have it. A few lessons learned from the festival weekend. Small glitches aside, it was a great event, and we can’t wait to work with other festival organizers and musical groups!
We worked with bluegrass bands, rock and roll bands, kid-oriented bands, dance troops, percussion groups, and DJs, and we had a great time, with great sound, and tons of positive comments and compliments. We’d love to work with you soon!