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How to Put On a Concert

If you were born a little late to enjoy the peace, love, and rock n' roll of Woodstock, this guide will have you organizing your own concert anywhere.


  • Step 1: Recruit volunteers to help set everything up, clean up any garbage after the show, and be basic security at the door and near the stage.
  • Step 2: Determine what order the bands will go on if several are scheduled for one show and make sure they have time to do a sound check before the concert.
  • Step 3: Schedule each set duration, break, and equipment switch to the minute and keep everything on time and running smoothly to put on the perfect concert.
  • FACT: While over 100,000 tickets were sold to the first Woodstock Festival in 1969, a half million people showed up and stormed through the unfinished fences.
  • TIP: Ask garage or local bands to bring their own equipment if you cannot find amplifiers and microphones.
  • Step 4: Locate needed sound equipment and a technician to run everything. Some venues will have their own equipment you can rent or use.
  • Step 5: Find a band and venue to hold your concert. If this is a benefit concert, ask the band or venue owner if they will donate their time or space for free or at a reduced rate.
  • TIP: You may need to negotiate with the band's tour manager before they can perform for free.
  • Step 6: Draw up posters and flyers to post at local coffee shops, restaurants, music stores, and book stores. Target the correct audience for the type of music being played and the goal of the concert.
  • Step 7: Establish a goal for your concert such as raising money for a benefit or fundraiser, drawing awareness to a subject, or simply putting on a fun show or event for friends.

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