18th of February, that’s eleven days ago and it’s also the day I held my very first concert.
It’s a leraning curve and for a first concert I’m quite happy with the result, but I also know that I’m going to start getting grey hair and wrinkles a lot faster in this line of work, I’m ok with this.
Organising a concert, or any other event, is not an easy task and whoever says different has never done it. It takes time, patience, planning and a great team to make the dream happen.
Time is something that I underestimated, did not think I would need the amount of time I needed, if it were up to me I’d had the concert before Christmas, thank godess for my colleague who told me I was mad and that it would not happen. I started planning this sometime late October, I had the idea and started the research. I thought I could do it on my own. Late November I realised I could most definitely not do it on my own so I brought in someone from my university who studies Events Management. What he helped me with was sitting down and putting things on to paper, realise the time we needed and got me a bit organised, I still did everything else myself pretty much, but he put a limit to my dreaming and helped me with my OCD.
I’ve had sleepless nights, long days and a few anxiety/rage attacks throughout the process of planning this. Artists are very talented but sometimes hard to work with, because they are such creative people. If someone comes in and tries taking control of your baby then you might get a bit pissed off. There’s a lot of paperwork that goes in to planning an event, a lot of contracts, risk assessments and other papers that you need just to be able to cover your ass if something was to happen during the event. Sometimes an event manager will be called a promoter, why? Because we nag people about them coming to our events, we’re promoting our events (if we can’t afford a promotions team, which I obviously can’t), so I think all my facebook friends will unfriend me soon if I keep posting this amount of flyers for events I’m organising… Deal people! And because I was organising an event in aid of Believe in Magic, I needed to contact them as well, let me tell you, this was no easy task!
When all the planning and promoting was done and the day was finally here I woke up with the biggest smile on my face. It was time. I headed to the venue and got there at 5pm, the bands started turning up, we set up the venue, soundcheck and food before doors. The event in its self ran quite smoothly, no major issues, everyone was very cooperative and patient, the one thing that could have been better was the turnout. Again, for my very first event I’m quite happy.
I filmed everything but the audio in the footage is dead so I can’t actually use it, which sucks..
Anyway peeps, I hope you all enjoyed this post, might not have been what you expected when you started reading it but it’s what you got!