Summertime is festival time, and production pros everywhere are getting ready to kickstart them to life, whether they're new events like The Ride in Telluride, CO, or a long-running fest like Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, CT (shown here). Share your experience with our readers!
For concert-lovers, warmer weather doesn't just mark the start of summer—it also welcomes the start of festival season, where thousands of fans will congregate to see their favorite bands perform in one location. While some of the bigger festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo have established themselves as the leaders in the broad genre music festival world, concert-goers have also embraced festivals that cater to their specific taste in music. From long-running events like the annual New Orleans Jazz Festival, to Newport's Folk Festival, to the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, to newer events like the dance music-themed Sensation America in NYC, to the revived Old Time Rural Music Gathering in Fremont, Nebraska, to the Ziontific Summer Solstice Music Festival bringing reggae to Vermont, there is now a festival for virtually every music fan.
In celebration of the resurgence in popularity in music festivals, Pro Sound News and Pro Audio Review are creating a new tabloid publication—Music Festival Business—that covers the business and technology behind a successful music festival. Set to release this fall, the special edition magazine will cover the FOH and monitor gear used during many of this summer's festivals and the stories of using this gear from the many FOH and monitor engineers working at those festivals; DJs and their equipment, along with the growing popularity at music festivals; safety regulations and precautions set up to ensure a safe music festival for employees, guests, and performers; SPL management for multiple stages at a music festival; broadcast and video recording during festivals; and much more.
Over the next few months, Pro Sound News and Pro Audio Review are asking for your help: If you are involved in the festival business, whether as a Sound Company Executive, Tour Production Manager, Regional Sound Company management, FOH engineer, monitor and system engineer, producer, director and other related participant, please share your experiences creating your music festival, and submit your photos and videos.
What exactly are we looking for? The magazine will focus on festival sound operation and gear, so show us what you're doing on the engineering and technical side of your music festivals. If you have gear or a system you love using for fests, send us a photo of the hardware (or software) in use, or tell us how you're using the application. Like video? Give us a system tour or tell us about your system or components of the package in a short clip. Do you use a specific set-up when engineering a live performance? Send us a photo or video showing off the stage, or send us a clip of the system in action during performances. Be creative!
Any and all festival-related submissions are welcome and appreciated. We will feature submissions on the Pro Sound NewsFacebook and Twitter pages, as well as this blog, and some submissions will undoubtedly show up in the Music Festival Business special edition this fall.
Please email all photos and video to:
Asst. Editor, Pro Sound News and Pro Audio Review