Setting up a stage for a concert and really making it a success can be a complex task. The process involves hundreds of types of equipment and workforce to make it look appealing and serve its purpose. However, there are several tips that am going to share that you can implement and ease the whole work that at times is associated with the whole process.

Following few steps help you in making the whole process much easier or you.

Make up a stage setup diagram

This is the first step that you are going to start with in case you have to experience or expertise in making a stage plot for a concert. There are certain conventions that you will see in different stages and therefore you are supposed to be seen when plotting a stage. When making up a setup diagram, an X means a chair and – means a music stand. Rectangles are for risers and their heights are indicated on the sides.

Make a sound plot

This is a complex thing that should involve a live sound Engineer. He is going to construct a similar diagram that indicates monitor and microphone placement. It should also include a chart that shows which model of the mic will be used. The numbers should show the mic locations and do not forget the lighting plot.

Create an Input list

This is the list that describes to the engineer what each channel will be used for. In the left-hand side, there will be ascending numbers that show the channels that are being used. In the middle column, you will be given a list of all the microphones that you have requested. However, the middle column should be flexible because the room may not have all the mics available and when the need arises they can be replaced. The input list should also include the effects that the engineer will apply to certain channels.

Spike the center stage

Spiking the stage is the same as putting an X mark at the center of the stage. The Cross-X should be done with gaffer’s tape or sometimes with the paint. Some other locations in the stage may also require spikes to show the locations for piano and the set drums. Spiking the stage is one of the most important procedures of stagecraft. Another reason why spiking is used is for rehearsals, the stage management will have to mark different places in the stage using thin tapes to show critical points and arrangement.


If you follow these main steps while creating a stage plot for a concert, you will see how easier the whole process will go.

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