Welcome to Production Live 2024!
The 24/7 dance that encompasses advancing, loading in, executing and loading out a traveling live entertainment show is one fraught with potential difficulties. While Murphy’s Law is a constant edict, many potential bugaboos can be averted through communication, skilled improvisation, and hard-earned expertise. A seasoned team of live production professionals will discuss how crises can be averted in touring.
Anecdotal evidence indicates that, as challenging as 2023 was adequately meeting demands for the three legs of the touring stool—transportation, staffing and gear—the upcoming season will be even more so. Transportation and production specialists will advise on how to navigate, budget, and prepare for what many believe will be the busiest touring season in history.
What is dreamed up in the offices and meeting rooms of managers and agents must be executed by those on the road and in the trenches. The lack of communication between front office executives and those who must actually make the magic happen in front of live audiences—not to mention get to the venue in the first place—is a common refrain. Let’s talk.
Music fans are keen on enjoying music in an outdoor setting, be it amphitheater, festivals, or—more than ever—stadiums. Outdoor shows face unique challenges, chief among them the weather, but also in the realms of layout, security, operations and ingress/egress. We’ll examine different approaches to producing safe, fan-friendly and well-executed outdoor experiences.
The industry shutdown of 2020 changed the landscape for touring production professionals, as many of the titans of the road who had shaped the way concerts were presented declined to return to the road after a taste of the normal life. That unpredictable catalyst, as well as the natural attrition that all sectors face, has led to a generational shift among the pros that make the magic happen, as a younger, more diverse workforce takes the lead, with new ideas and an admirable can-do ethos. We’ll hear from some of these inspiring leaders in the touring production world, and see how they view the world.