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SET TIMES AT Y2K9 was: Y2K9 INTERNATIONAL LIVE LOOPING FESTIVAL:Santa Cruz Scheduleof Performances
FRO DIDDLY asked:
"i have never attended a y2k but a question i have is that i noticed
almost every time sot is 30min- with no extra time dedicated to
changeovers....in years past, how long do the performers usually get to
play? as i would imagine 10-20min of that 30min block having to be
dedicated to setup/tear down-
or do you backline gear some how? or multiple stages?"
You really should come see the festival (and perform at it next year at
Y2K-X which will be the tenth anniversary of
us doing big looping festivals in Santa Cruz)
Now for your question:
Each artist has 30 minutes to play. Here's how we pull that
miraculous feat off:
We have two stages, side by side that both use the same board which is
in between the two stages
with no backline gear.
While someone performs in real time at the stage next to them, every
artist has 20 minutes to set up ,
completely silently, aided by the engineer and headphones.
This means each artist has to have a festival setup: something simple
and easy to put up and that sends out, usually, a stereo
feed to the board (which is right next to where you are playing).
I introduce the acts for 20-30 seconds and each act has about 29 minutes
and 30 seconds to perform.
Then each artist has exactly 10 minutes maximum to completely silently
evacuate the stage.
While the stage one artist performs, the stage two artist sets up
before and breaks down afterwards.
Amazingly, we have been on schedule with up to 55 artists over two 12
hour day/nights for every single
It shouldn't work but all artists are on the same page and are all
respectful and helpful.
It's a system that I've become very, very proud of and it allows us to
have as large and inclusive a festival as ever.