Music is the universal glue that evokes feelings of peace, love, and unity. Experiencing your favorite artist, band, or DJ in a live event can be a life-altering moment. It’s one thing to enjoy your favorite playlists at a house party but quite the other when you’re experiencing it live. The unified frequency of live music that grips the crowd will be etched in their memories forever.
For an event manager, planning a memorable and successful music festival whether big or small starts by getting the basics right. Here’s how you can go about planning a successful music festival without catching fyre.
1. Know Your Target Audience
Know your apples from oranges. One of the most quintessential steps in planning any music festival is understanding attendee personas. Don’t organize an EDM festival in a town where most of the audience would rather attend a rock concert. Once you’ve successfully identified your target audience, you can plan your budget and then start allocating your spends accordingly. We’ve witnessed the most successful music festivals where event organizers knew their audience expectations.
2. Figure Out Your Venue
Your venue and location can make or break your reputation. The logistics for an indoor event will differ from that of an outdoor one. The venue of a trance festival will be that of an airy beach where waves crash along with the thumping bass lines whereas a jazz festival will be in a cozy lounge or auditorium where people can take in the smoothness of the wine and music. In any case, mapping out the event venue will help you arrange the entry, seating, standing, dining, and exit points. Ask for a venue chart from the venue owner which will help you assign different price points for different sections. Plan your section by keeping this in mind – your music festival needs breathing space for people to move around freely.
3. Artist Outreach
Once you’ve figured out the audience, you might have a set of artists in your mind that you want as headliners and supporting acts. During your artist outreach phase, keep track of your artist budget which should be evenly spread out to bring in big names as well as local talent. If you’re bringing in a new talent, you could host a city tour that effectively markets your upcoming festival. Space out your festival acts across different genres to avoid monotony.
4. Sponsor Outreach
Organizing a large scale event like a music festival requires big pockets that can be stretched when required. It’s normal for an event organizer to offset this load to a few sponsors which work in favor of everyone. Attendees in your music festival need to fuel themselves with hearty food that can be washed down with a pint or two. Onboarding a few F&B joints to cater your audiences will bring in more revenue and create a brand recall for you and your sponsors. A win-win. Click here to learn 8 smart ways to get sponsors for your events.
5. Production and Equipment
The firepower for your events needs to be top-notch. We’ve noticed events not performing as it should have due to faulty equipment that doesn’t match up to the acoustics of the venue. Your production team should handle everything related to the– the sound, lighting, staging, video, backline, equipment, and power. Once you have these in order, you can start setting up the stage for that larger than life experience.
After the first few phases of your planning are sorted, you need to put them into action. An event ticketing system that handles event creation, promotion, and revenue collection from online ticket sales should be your best bet. We’ve been one of the best event ticketing platforms in the USA catering to event presenters all over the world. Yapsody has been designed in conjunction with our clients to suit their festival ticketing needs across different venues. On our platform, you can create multiple events, price and customize multiple ticket types, integrate marketing tools, collect revenue through multiple payment gateways, and track your ticket sales for your music festival.
7. Summarize Your Event
We’ve witnessed that organizers who make their event details crystal clear, tend to attract more ticket buyers than average. Whether you prefer creating an Online Ticket Store or use Event Marketing Tools to reach a wider audience, make sure you summarize your event properly. Event name, description, location/venue, ticket prices, artist line-up, artist set timings need to be clearly defined for attendee’s convenience. Don’t leave anything to their imagination. Keep pushing out important updates or ticket price drop alerts that create a sense of urgency.
8. Customize Event Packages
With decades of experience in helping hospitality enterprises elevate their guest experiences, we’ve realized that event attendees prefer the complete package rather than going à la carte. A festival is a communal gathering of people for a couple of days. Create event packages that fit the bill for different requirements. Few might prefer an all-inclusive deal when it comes to food and accommodation while few might prefer merchandise with their tickets. Why not ask the right questions with our Questionnaires and Surveys tool to gauge their requirements?
9. Insight-Driven Event Marketing
Event marketing begins months before the D-Day. The key to boosting ticket sales is by implanting your upcoming event in their minds through smart event marketing tools. Instagram has proven to be the best tool for event marketers to reach a wider audience through powerful visual storytelling. Event presenters using Yapsody follow insight-driven event marketing that gives them a definitive edge. Figure out which CTA driven post made them land on your event page and you’ll discover a pattern that can be used for your future events.
10. Streamline The Security & Check-In Process
This is where we see many event attendees lose their cool. Nobody wants to wait for hours just because you didn’t create multiple check-in points. Make sure security checks are handled before anything else. Once they’re in the clear, validate their tickets through a QR Code scanner. An attendee might turn up late but it’s your job to not make them wait any longer. Imagine being stuck in a queue while hearing your favorite band strumming their latest summer single. Our ticketing system supports 12 prominent languages & over 150 currencies to bridge any communication gap between event presenters and attendees.
We hope our 10 step guide helps you in planning a successful music festival. Check out our Enterprise-Grade Features here which are tailor-made for music festivals.