How To Plan Your Own Music Festival by Robyn35McKenzie


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									How To Plan Your Own Music Festival
Music fans the world around will tell you there's nothing like a music festival for discovering new
bands and enjoying an experience like no other. However, many of these fans are also likely to
lament the scarcity of festivals catering to their taste in music and the high costs of those that do.
With the many genres of music and mind-blowing number of music enthusiasts out there, it's little
surprise that enterprising individuals are keen to combine their appreciation for music with their
business acumen by organising their own music festival.

Planning a music festival is a little like planning a gig, just on a much larger scale. Some aspects are
easily imagined, for example - with no bands, you've no performance - but many other parts of
planning a festival offer completely different challenges. This means that anyone who hopes to make
a success of their own large music event, must make sure they pay close attention to their
organisational skills and ability to multitask.

One of the first things that must be considered is your venue. If you live somewhere with clement
weather, or are planning a festival in the summer months, you may think that finding a venue will be
easy, but even seemingly empty grassy fields belong to someone - whether it's an individual or the
local council. Without prior permission or leasing rights for the location, your music festival is likely to
be cut rudely short.

Once you've found somewhere to hold your event, it's time to start thinking about equipment. The
size of the crowds you're expecting will have a direct correlation to the type of sound equipment you'll
need, and it's important to make sure you don't underestimate your needs - there's nothing worse
than an outdoor gig where half the audience can't hear what's going on. Luckily, there are plenty of
companies who will rent you the amps and lights you'll need. Make sure you're covered by their
insurance however, or take out some of your own, to protect yourself against unforeseen problems.

While many of the UK's larger festivals augment the experience by offering food, drink and
merchandise stalls, this is something you'll want to think about carefully before going ahead. You may
need special licenses to sell anything at all, and the sale of alcohol is likely to be restricted and
potentially expensive for you so it's a very good idea to get all the facts from local authorities as early
as possible. However, stalls such as these can be a great boon for festival-goers and organizers
alike, so don't discount them out of hand.

With so much musical equipment you're likely to need, make sure you sort out generator hire to keep
up with your energy demands if you've an outdoor festival planned. Additionally, if you're expecting
large crowds or big bands, you might also be wise to consider hiring security for the event. After all of
this organisation, it's important to bear in mind the most important part of organising a music festival -
enjoying the music!

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