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HOW TO CONCERTS: WHAT IS BACKLINE?

Author Name: Jolene Chevalier  

Published On June 5th, 2017

WHAT IS BACKLINE?

I get this question quite often. Some people are a little embarrassed to ask the question, and others have absolutely no idea what it is or why an artist is asking for the buyer to provide it.  

Backline is the collection of musical instruments that the artist needs for their set.  When working with a DJ, EDM or Hip Hop artist that has a track show, backline is their turntables and mixers.  

WHY DO ARTISTS ASK THE BUYER TO PROVIDE IT?

Usually artists ask for the buyer to provide the backline when they are flying into your town for the show, instead of routing a tour through.  Flying with these items can be expensive and cumbersome. Some artists may carry an item or two from their list, such as a special guitar, but otherwise they’d rather use local instruments that can be delivered to the venue by a backline company. That way they show up, set up, and sound check instead of the added steps of unpacking all the equipment, putting it together, and packing it back up post-show. It can also be expensive for the artists to fly with instruments, especially a drum kit that is so many pieces of checked luggage....

 

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