Nothing keeps a summer music festival organizer up at night more than the thought of a headline act being delayed due to slow changeovers between acts. The headliner is your festival’s money maker—keep them on time, give them their full 90 minutes, and you’ll have a successful event. It all comes down to how well you can keep all the previous acts on time. And that all depends on your ability to execute quick changeovers.
Changeovers Keep Everyone Happy and On Time
While they may not be the big names at your music festival, the bands leading up to the headliner still want their full set times. You may have three or five acts in a row before you bring out your headliner, and each one wants (and deserves) to have their full 30 or 60 minutes on stage.
A changeover is the time it takes for one band to leave the stage and another to take it. Mics, amps, drum sets, risers, and lighting may all change between acts. As you can imagine, removing all of this equipment and replacing it for the next band can take quite some time. MystiQue Sound has several solutions that can keep changeovers fast so your festival runs smoothly.
Embrace the Backline
Backline is a huge time-saver during music festival changeovers. A backline is a standard set of rhythm equipment that all bands share. It includes amps, mics, drum sets, and even bass guitar amp rigs and other rhythm section amplifiers.
Not all bands will use every piece of backline provided equipment. But providing a full assortment of the best equipment in your backline inventory means that you need to move less equipment during changeovers. The new band simply plugs into the provided backline equipment and are ready to play.
Consider Rolling Drum Risers
Some bands require a complicated drum setup. If this is the case for some of the bands at your festival, consider renting one or more rolling drum risers. Bands can set up their drum set and mics on the riser, which your stage crew can then simply roll out onto the stage during the changeover.
Streamline Your Mic Setup
One piece of equipment every festival organizer should consider renting is a Patchmaster by Whirlwind. The Patchmaster has five color-coded, 12 channel stage boxes with multi pins that make changing out mics very fast. It also adds more patching capability while keeping your splitter neat and tangle-free. The exiting band unplugs, new band plugs in, and they’re ready to play.
Don’t let slow changeovers delay your summer music festival. MystiQue Sound Solutions has the equipment and expertise to keep all of your bands happy and playing on time. Contact us today to find your changeover solution.