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How to light a stage for a band or concert

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    27-July-2017

    How to light a stage for a band or concert

    A musical band’s performance is all about energy and great music. But appropriate stage lighting also plays a major role in highlighting the band members’ expressions when they try to interact with audience. If stage lighting is synchronized with the lead singer and other band members’ crazy movements, it’s surely going to create a huge impact on the audience.  

    To set up stage lighting for a musical band is not easy. The technical team has to figure out what lights to buy, what cables are needed to make a great lighting show, while a band is performing. But there are certain points to consider for unforgettable band lighting. Keep reading to learn how to do band lighting right. 

    Band Lighting Basics 

    Band lighting is usually isolated and kept lower in brightness. This is because during a concert, the focus must be on the band on stage and not on audience. However, some band looks even include lighting the audience via blinders and moving lights, but just for a while.  

    The job of the lighting designer here is to bring audience’s attention to the band and keep them focused. Therefore, most of the fixtures need to be installed on the backlight truss for band lighting. The backlight is used to beautifully convey dynamics, colours and other effects on stage. This stage light is also able to make astonishing graphic designs in the air, and it looks even more amazing with haze.  

    Vibrant, dynamic and flashy lighting 

    The band lighting should be vibrant, dynamic and flashy to really rock the show. The lighting effects must be shaped according to the musical genre. For instance, when a band is playing blues then the stage lighting must be simple and unobstructed. On the other hand, for an energetic rock band, the lighting has to be more dynamic and showy. 

    Coloured Lighting  

    When lighting a band, coloured lighting is also essential. Although there are not set rules for coloured lighting, but it must the in sync to the music and must not look odd to the eyes.  

    Tiny colour shifts of white, red and blue make a great impact when lighting a metal band. The full spectrum flashy hues look amazing when a pop band is performing. If a lighting designer is well aware of how to play with coloured effects, then he/she can freely experiment with the lights and wait for the audience’s amazing reaction.  

    The lighting designer has to feel like another member of the band to perfectly follow their movements and synchronize lighting effects with the performance.