RIGGING - "WE'VE ALWAYS DONE IT THAT WAY"
We have all been talking writing quiet a bit about failures in this industry. One thing most us have not heard about is common sense. Sure after the fact the fingers start pointing and then it comes up but what about BEFORE THE LOAD IN STARTS?
Common sense modification of lighting, and sound, video, and set plots should ALWAYS dependent on what the venue or roof structure of the day is. If you are on a portable roof or in an outside venue think about the video walls, set pieces and set flats, Are they blow thru? If not and wind is a factor a logical person might say I might need to cut these elements or have a smaller or different version. Don't fall into "we we've always done it that way" !
The same should go for Lights and sound. So use less movers....less speaker cabinets.....don't stack the backline that high.....you need to adapt to your environment .....use your brain!
It seems to me more and more that the acts want the big productions regardless of the venue, the promoters want the act, the production companies want the work and somewhere in that mix standards and common sense go out the freaking door!
let me know your thoughts...