Lifting equipment for a stadium concert: From platform lifts to pyrotechnics
There is nothing quite like the feeling and adrenaline of going to a concert, from the roaring crowds to the kaleidoscopic light illuminations and your favourite artist belting out what can only be described in your opinion as the greatest tunes of all time, it is an experience that only few can match. You leave starry-eyed, ears ringing, mind buzzing, fingers poised to buy the next ticket you can to a concert of theirs.
From the pyramid stage at Glastonbury festival to the theatrical sets at Tomorrowland, you need the right setting and stage set up to create a music event that everyone will remember for years to come.
Yet, what exactly goes into making a concert incredible? How can you satisfy, enchant and spellbind hundreds of thousands of people in one room? It may come as no surprise that there is an astonishing amount of technology involved with plenty of hands-on deck to make just three hours of the attendees lives as magical and memorable as it can be.
Whether you are looking to jazz up a concert of an artist you represent, you are thinking of hosting a festival or you are just interested in the who, what, when and why of music and stadium concerts, read on to find out more.
Make a grand entrance with a platform lift
One of the essentials of getting the crowd roaring is to make a dramatic and well-timed entrance. Whether that is descending from the heavens on a giant anchor, circa the pop princess Kylie Minogue in 2001, or being spat out of a Sphinx like iconic rock band KISS did in 1990, you need to get the crowd on their feet and ready to start dancing and singing along.
One of the most popular ways that many artists choose to make an entrance is through the bottom of the stage via a platform lift. Ascended from down below, it shows the artist appearing like magic to the millions of exclamations of adoring fans. Interestingly, platform lifts are also designed to aid wheelchair users and those with mobility aids to gain access to raised platforms, rather than a typical flight of stairs where traditional elevators would be used. This means that platform lifts move rather slowly for stability – and whilst this protects the music arts from falling over and getting hurt, it also means that their entrance is packed with anticipation and drama.
Platform lifts are also a great way for artists to quickly disappear rather than going off stage. For instance, many artists choose to have glamorous and quick outfit changes between musical numbers in order to encapsulate their audience and display a range of glittering outfits. A platform lift allows them to leave and reappear discreetly whilst a musical number is playing – and during this time they often have a troupe of talented dancers and backup vocalists to capture the audience’s attention until they return.
Have amazing costumes made
Unless you are Ed Sheeran, whose signature gig and concert-style is a plaid shirt and jeans, it is likely that you will need extravagant and energetic costumes that even those at the farthest end of the concert hall can see. Some of the most famous male and female stage costumes have been displayed on the likes of Micheal Jackson, Madonna, Prince, David Bowie, The Spice Girls, Bjork, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Elton John and Cher (to just name a few). These artists prove that a memorable and majestic stage presence can be achieved through artistic, avant-garde and outlandish stage costumes.
When considering having your costumes made, don’t go lightly on colours, prints, sequins and shapes – yet you also need to have a stage costume that matches your personality, your style and your music. It would seem strange to be frolicking around on stage in a Vegas showgirl get up if you are singing a ballad.
What’s more, the choreography of your concert is likely to go hand in hand with costumes – if you have planned to do a dance routine, and you are running around on stage, then you need a costume that is lightweight, breathable and easy to move in.
Create artful illuminations during different songs
It is no secret that lighting can dramatically enhance or alter the atmosphere of a room, and this certainly comes into its own during theatrics like concerts, plays, and musicals. From flashing multicoloured lights during an energetic upbeat song to a spotlight during a heart-wrenching ballad, lights help the viewers to focus their eyes and attention on the performer.
Many performers choose to coordinate the movement and changing of the lights with more than just the song changes. From keeping in time with the beat and rhythm of the music to LED lasers scattering over the audience, carefully crafted and well-thought-out lighting displays help give the room that otherworldly feel.
There are a variety of different lighting techniques that you could use to impress the audience:
- The revelation of Form – altering the perception of persons and objects on stage
- Selective visibility – the ability to see what is occurring on stage
- Mood lighting – using different washes to convey the emotions felt on stage or during a song; you could use softer washes when the performer is speaking to the audience, then transcend to more vibrant displays once the beat starts.
Use glittering pyrotechnics to end in style
If your concert is going off without a hitch, no one will want it to end. Yet, as with everything, it must – that is why you need to make sure that the ending is as dramatic, exuberant and animated as the rest of the performance was.
A great way to signify the end of a performance is through pyrotechnics. Sparkling fireworks have always been a popular way to commemorate an event – whether it’s the end of a wedding or on bonfire night. Though it is probably a major health and safety hazard to let off fireworks in an enclosed performance space, you can install a range of approved and safe pyrotechnics for indoor use – including confetti and glitter canons, flame cannons, gerbs, and gerb waterfalls. Pyrotechnics will certainly create the best end to an awe-inducing performance that attendees will never forget.
Do regular soundchecks in rehearsals
From microphones to stage lights and platform lifts, you need to make sure that every piece of lifting equipment works before the night begins. Not only will you be using a vast array of complex equipment throughout, but also these can have potentially serious health and safety hazards if they are broken and then used. This is why, before any performance, the equipment must undergo a variety of stringent procedures and health and safety checks from staff at the venue.
What’s more, in the rare event that a lighting fixture or platform lift is broken, it allows for them to be repaired or to seek an alternative.
From elevator installers to pyrotechnicians, the people you need for a rocking concert
Even though you are attending for your chosen music artist, it wouldn’t be the same without all of the behind the scenes personnel that is able to make the concert happen night after night. Behind just one performance is an army of trained pyrotechnicians, lift manufacturers, costume designers, choreographers, electricians, makeup artists and even medical staff! This is why it is imperative that you hire and consult a range of talented professionals who are adept at dealing with a variety of situations.
Euro Lifts, Expert Elevator Company and Lift Engineers in the South West
Whether you are looking for an elevator installer to fix the lift in your hotel, or you want to speak to a professional about the best kind of lift you need for your theatre production – our expert team at Euro Lifts can help with all your lifting equipment needs. Utilising our 25 years of expertise, we pride ourselves on being one of the South West’s most prolific lift manufacturers, installing lifts in a variety of domestic and commercial settings.
One of the leading products that we discuss in this blog post is platform lifts. Quickly becoming a popular choice for a variety of businesses and institutions, due to the fact that they are easier and more cost-effective to install than traditional lifts. Our platform lifts can be easily supplied, installed and repaired by us in both external and internal settings.
Not only do we provide platform lifts, we can also install escalators, stair lifts, mobility aids, through floor lifts and many more, creating a seamless and smooth transition from one floor to another. To find out more about our products, simply contact one of our expert elevator installers today.