Amplified Live Music

What do you need to do?

Planning an event

  • The earlier you think about noise issues, the more effective and economic your control measures will be.
  • The audience can still enjoy the performance with the controls in place
  • It is not sufficient to hand out earplugs to crew once the tour is under way

When planning your event you should think about:

  • the nature of the event and music
  • the site/venue layout
  • where there may be a risk from noise and who will be affected
  • separating performers and staff from the sound
  • expected sound levels and expected durations
  • selection of loudspeaker types and other equipment
  • suitable control measures available for noise hazards
  • the need to allow for sufficient rehearsal time to identify and control any unforeseen risks

The degree of planning will vary according to the complexity of the event but every event will benefit.

Larger venues may have a specific policy statement which may help with planning.  Venue managers in touring venues may have noise risk assessments which can help predict where people are at risk.

You'll find more detailed information in:

Further reading

The Event Safety Guide - a guide to health, safety and welfare at music and similar events. HSG195 1999. HSE Books ISBN 9780 7176 2453 9

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