How to: Electrical setup for a Concert

Proper planning and preparation are crucial for concerts to go through without a hitch. If you are tasked with setting up the electrical power and supply for a concert, then there are a few things you might need to keep in mind.

Power Source

The easiest scenario will be one where the concert or event will be held indoors, and the place is readily equipped with accessible sockets which you can make use of. This means that you will be tapping into the main power supply that feeds into the building, so you won’t have to worry about power supply. Even outdoor stages nowadays are equipped with power sources that are readily accessible to provide power to the electrical equipment of those who will be making use of the stage. Just to be sure, though, you might want to ensure the availability of a backup generator, too, just in case power goes out during the event itself.

If the concert is being held outdoors, then you will need to determine the power supply, which is often an outdoor generator. You will need to figure out what would be a sufficient power supply for the event, based on the wattage consumption of all the equipment that will be used, including lights, amplifiers, electricity-powered musical instruments, and a functioning sound system. A bit of calculation will be required here for you to determine what would be sufficient in terms of power supply, and it doesn’t hurt to always provide a backup in any case, should there be any emergencies or in case anything goes wrong.

Efficient Design and Setup

A little bit of design is called for when you are setting up for a concert. Where does all the electronic equipment go? A number of them like lights and speakers will be scattered all throughout the area, with a concentration of all the heavy equipment at or near the stage. You will then need to figure out the best power distribution plans, the most efficient location of power sources, and the safest way to distribute the cables and wiring that will connect it all.

This means that preparations way before the event are ideal, and those tasked with the electrical installation, layout, and design need to have a good idea of the equipment being used, the possible power sources available, and a good working familiarity with the venue itself.

Safety Checks

This might go without saying, but it bears stressing again anyway. Safety should always come first, particularly when you are dealing with something as powerful and dangerous as electricity.

Safety checks might require nothing more than regular checks and maintenance of your equipment – make sure that your cables and wiring are intact, that there are no loose or damaged wires, sockets, and equipment. Don’t hesitate to use protective devices like surge protectors and grounding devices. And then finally, give the entire electrical setup a once-over to check that none of it is exposed to water and that none of the more sensitive equipment is located near where audiences will be sitting or standing. Preventive measures like these go a long way in minimizing the risks of unintended electrocution or electric fires.