- Yes, UK weather is drastically unpredictable, but it’s always worth having a quick check of the weather app on the morning of your event. Just because it’s summer, it might not be warm – or dry. If rain is forecasted, make sure you bring the necessary wet weather gear with you for yourself and your instrument/equipment – and don’t forget your wellies!
Summer is well and truly upon us, and that means more and more performances are moving outside. As experienced musicians will know, playing outdoors is a completely different ball game to playing inside a concert hall or gig venue. It’s a lot of fun, but it comes with its own challenges.
If you’ve never played outside before, or need a refresher, here’s our guide to help you through.
1) Check the weather
2) Wear sun protection
- When you’re performing, you’ll need more water thank you think you do. Make sure you drink water before you go on stage, and bring some to the stage with you, especially on a warm day. If you’re playing at a festival, the nearest shop, bar or water fountain might not be particularly close to where you’re performing, so be prepared and don’t get caught out.
4) Make a pit stop before you play
5) Dress appropriately
- Depending on the type of performance you’re doing, you might have a particular dress code to adhere to. If not, wear something comfortable and suitable for the weather that day. You might also want to bring a change of clothes with you, if you’re going to be sticking around after your performance to socialise or watch other acts.
6) Allow time for soundcheck
7) Wow the audience fast
- If you’re playing during the daytime, you won’t have the added extra of lighting to set the mood, and the sound might not be the best you’ve ever had it. There are plenty of other stages people can wander off to at festivals, as well as stalls and other things happening, so you need to make an impression on the audience quickly. Start with a number that you know will catch people’s attention, and make sure the rest of your set is varied enough to keep the audience engaged.