Know Your Audience: An Infographic on Festival Fanatics

Diehard festival goers are a unique demographic comprised of everyone from old-school music devotees all the way to fist-bumping millennials. Take one walk around a festival like Lollapalooza and you’ll see a wide range of faces, each with their own unique personalities, interests and characteristics. As entertainment professionals, it’s our job to understand this audience and how to cater to them, and only them—after all, it’s their loyalty that keeps us in business.

Thankfully, we live in the age of big data. This data is complex, with millions of data points provided, making it challenging to connect the dots and make vital decisions. If managed correctly, however, the reward is success, sold out crowds and the opportunity to host our events for yet another year.

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What is Rotational Molding?

Our MTN BOX® road cases are manufactured using the rotational molding process, but what exactly is rotational molding? By definition, rotational molding is a manufacturing process using a hollow mold that is filled with material and then slowly rotated, resulting in the material dispersing and clinging to the walls of the mold. Continuous rotating during both the heating and cooling process allows the mold to maintain its shape, and after this process is complete, the material is extracted from the mold for assembly.

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The history of this process used in the United States goes back to the early 1950s for the production of toy doll heads. The original machine used comprised of an E Blue box-oven machine based on a General Motors’ rear axle.

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Unique Solutions to Fashion Show Production

Fashion shows are the epitome of glitz and glamour, and the fashion entities hosting the event have an elevated focus on aesthetics in every aspect: the models, the production, and the structure(s) itself. Providing staging for these shows requires unique solutions that may not be common in outdoor festivals and concerts. Mountain Productions has staged many fashion shows throughout its history, and we’ve learned the dynamic nature of these high-profile events firsthand. Many of the fashion shows we have provided staging for required elements that are unique to this industry—take a look at some of the fashion events we’ve been a part of in the past, and our unique solutions to each event’s production.

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[VIDEO] Venue Installation Spotlight: Mountain Productions’ Sub-Grid

We’re excited to present an informative and visual look at the components of a venue installation sub-grid. This new video breaks down the different parts of Mountain Productions’ Sub-Grid, including the symmetrical load bays, trussing, rig points, and fall protection. Head over to our Venue Installation webpage and watch the video today!

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Click Here to watch our Venue Installation Spotlight: Sub-Grid Video

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CM Lodestar Lubricant Guide

We’re back with another handy resource detailing the proper lubrication procedures for 5 areas of a CM Lodestar. Maintaining hoists will greatly improve the operation and longevity of your equipment—make sure you’re taking the steps necessary to get the most out of your hoists. This is a quick reference guide, but if you need more information or assistance, we’re only a phone call away. Enjoy!

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Anchor and stabilize your staging with these 5 types of Ballast

Nearly everything we build requires some type of ballast for stability and grounding. Ballast is necessary, especially when working outdoors, and ensures our stages are supported from the ground up. Monitoring wind speeds and the effect nature has on our structures is critical, but ballast is the anchor that provides the first level of stability. Here are 5 types of ballast that we use on our staging systems and support structures.

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Water Tubs & Barrels

Water tubs offer many advantages as a ballast solution. Using water tubs saves money on trucking, as they are shipped without weight as a factor. Water is easily supplied on site, and the extra weight reduction can make a big difference on transportation cost and efficiency.

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Download Dirty Rigger’s Glove Sizing Guide

Dirty Rigger’s glove line is available in a variety of sizes, ranging from Slimfit sizes for smaller hands all the way up to XXL. With so many size options, it’s important to find the correct fit for you—after all, these gloves are optimized for all-day comfort IF you are wearing the appropriate size. Dirty Rigger created an easy way to find the best size gloves for you, and all you need is a printer and a piece of paper.

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Visual Guide to Common Cable Connectors

There’s a ton of different types of cable connectors in use, and it’s important to choose the right one for your application. Both feeder and motor (fly) cables are required for our jobs, and our electric shop often encounter the same type of connectors used throughout entertainment production specialists.

This visual guide below gives a quick reference to what these common cable connectors look like, and what they’re used for. Take a look!

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CM Lodestar Current Draw Chart

Here’s another printable chart to pin up in the production shop. This chart helps you easily identify the amperage requirement for your hoists for when you need to order cable or control systems.

With the vast amount of CM Lodestar models and the variable voltage, phase, and hertz settings, this chart provides a quick reference for chain hoist models A through RRS.

Check it out and feel free to share with your colleagues!

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Bring Your Old Stage to the Modern Age: 3 Things Your Old Venue Should Consider

While older spaces may add a sense of character and class to an event, there are several limitations to operating in a dated environment, all of which can lead to narrow booking opportunities and higher labor costs compared with the competition. By transforming an older building into a modern venue, you’re able to maintain the comfortable, charming atmosphere with an enhanced experience for you and your audiences.

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Subgrid Systems

Because many older venues are reconfigured spaces originally meant to be ice rinks and armories, they aren’t designed with rigging in mind. This creates a difficult chain of events for a production crew who must now pre-rig their events ahead of time.

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