The last time I was at an outdoor music festival in a relatively small club in New Jersey, it was a mess. It really was because it looked like we were just hanging out at some weed-covered, overgrown backyard.
Imagine lots of empty tin cans, candy wrappers, styrofoam cups, plastic ruined cups, and other debris that you would normally associate with all sorts of decline and neglect. Imagine the dead ground. Imagine the dry brown shrub that doesn’t exactly speak of freshness, adventure, hope, or possibility. Instead, you have a nightmare or disappointing view of industrialized neglect. This is exactly the kind of depressing signal many of the typical rock outdoor concert venues communicate on so many different levels. You don’t have to be some sort of genius to get this impression.
Now, if you’ve ever been to a backyard in a suburb, you can easily be forgiven for thinking that the backyard is well manicured, that it has a nice, lush green carpet of living grass. This is the common suburban vision of backyard gardens.
But believe me, if you are holding great alternative outdoor music festivals, the grass is the first thing to go
I’m not talking, of course, about grass that you smoke. I’m talking about grass that you stomp on, grass that you pour beer on, grass that you place all sorts of stuff on. In other words, grass that can easily be abused.
And, let’s face it, grass can only handle so much punishment until it turns brown and it looks horrible.
It is no surprise that a lot of outdoor music festivals, whether they are alternative music or not, suffer from bad optics. It’s really quite demoralizing when you look around you and all you see is brown dead scrub.
Now, this makes all the sense in the world if you are holding an outdoor music festival in Southern California or any other arid area like Arizona.
But if you are holding it in a northern state like New York or Ohio, you really have no excuses. It should be green, it should be lush, it should be beautiful.
So do yourself a big favor, if you are holding an outdoor music festival regardless of where it might be in the United States, invest in the right garden decking.
It really goes a long way in setting the right ambience so people would want to go back to your outdoor music festival year after year after year. That’s the bottom line.
Treat it like a business and you will be well taken care of. Treat it like a hobby or try to grab as much cash as you can, then don’t be surprised if your outdoor music promotions business goes belly up.