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Adding Stunt Displays as a Music Festival Attraction.

Andy Robertson

Music festival organisers are constantly looking for ways to differentiate their event from the large number of events that take place every year. Considering an attraction like a live stunt team can add promotional opportunities and lead to increased ticket sales. What are the key considerations for organisers that want to add a stunt display team to their event content?

Festival organisers have always looked at ways to diversify their music focused event’s content typically including arts, dance, workshops and even fairground rides. Adding a stunt display team demo can add to the diversification of activities available to festival-goers. A stunt display can add an exciting element to the event, providing entertainment and adrenaline-pumping performances for festival-goers. How do organisers go about making this a reality?

Types of Stunt Display Teams Available for Hire. 
There are a number of stunt display teams that can be hired for events and typically include:  

  • Freestyle Stunt Cyclists.
  • Jet Suit Pilots.
  • BMX Stunt Teams.
  • Parkour Displays.
  • Circus Acts.
  • Motorbike Stunt Shows. 

Organisers should thoroughly research types of displays that can be hired and check reviews and videos of past performances. Other factors will include cost, safety record and space available for example. Overall, will a potential display provide a wow factor to festival-goers and how does it fit in with the event's ethos? 

Budgets and Contracts. 
Depending on the complexity of a display team budgets can vary but typically a fee of around $3,000 per day is not unusual. Costs can increase depending on the number of people involved and the expected performance hours. Most stunt display teams for hire use agents so details will need to be agreed with them including exactly what is and is not included in any agreed fee. Considerations may include accommodation, food, festival access and travelling arrangements, once all parties agree a contract can be signed by both parties. The stunt display team will be subject to the usual festival logistics with allocation of load in and load out schedules for example. 

Safety and Insurance. 
Many of the stunt display teams are performing activities that can be considerably dangerous, so it is essential that any act booked is fully compliant with all health and safety requirements. This is particularly important for the safety of audiences. Check that the hired stunt display team has the necessary certification for the performances they are doing and ensure that sufficient medical facilities are available at the time of any performance. Contracts will have specified that liability insurance is in place detailing which organisation is responsible for any adverse mishap. 

Marketing Opportunities. 
Once organisers have found theIr preferred stunt display team and contracts have been agreed details can be used in marketing material. This can include PR announcements and video material distributed on social media platforms. Announcing a stunt display team appearance can help to increase interest and engagement with audiences and potential ticket buyers, differing from the usual line-up announcements frequently made. 

For festival organisers planning their events using a software management platform like Festival Pro gives them all the functionality they need manage every aspect of their event logistics. The guys who are responsible for this software have been in the front line of event management for many years and the features are built from that experience and are performance artists themselves. The Festival Pro platform is easy to use and has comprehensive features with specific modules for managing artists, contractors, venues/stages, vendors, volunteers, sponsors, guestlists, ticketing, cashless payments and contactless ordering. 

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Andy Robertson
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