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6 Types of Stages / Platforms for Outdoor Events

Updated: Nov 20, 2021

Vertical Stage Used for Fashion Shows
Vertical T-Shaped Runway Used for Fashion Shows

The specifics are also what distinguishes an ordinary occurrence from an exceptional one. Well-thought stage design can help you create an unforgettable event experience and is one of the most important factors in leaving a lasting impression on your guests. The right combination of space, lighting and visual elements can transform temporary outdoor structures, introducing a new level of audience interaction.

Nonetheless, the stage is just as critical as what takes place on it. Here are the different types of stages and structures that can be used to enhance the event experience, regardless of whether the event is held in an aluminum dome tent or an octagon tent.

1. Emcee Stage

Comes with an elevated normal shape platform that allows performers and emcees to communicate with the audience. It is mainly built to be quickly erected, performed on, and later disassembled due to its modularity and scalability. Its beauty lies in its simplicity, making it a highly flexible staging solution for any case. Consider a blank canvas that can be transformed completely from ordinary to exceptional by adding different elements such as backdrops, LED screens, skirting, projections, landscapes, and more. The end result is a visually pleasing appearance.

2. T-Shaped Runway

When it comes to fashion shows, the catwalk or runway stage, also known as the catwalk or runway stage, is often the most common staging choice. This stage set-up, which includes a sleek runway in the middle, penetrates the audience in the form of the alphabet ‘T,' with the left and right parts of the audience facing each other. The T shape, in particular, allows models or speakers to stand on an extended platform, allowing them to sashay down the aisle, make space for one another, and pose freely atop the stage.

This set-up has been gradually adopted into an ‘I' shape, ‘M' shape and even an ‘O' shape for other purposes in recent years, including product showcases, concert appearances, and events where speakers want to get up close and personal with the audience.

3. Acrylic Stage

The use of transparent acrylic staging set-ups on top of a pool has brought this trend to the next stage. This stage could serve as a unique runway or a podium for dining tables, DJ equipment, and a show-stopping dance floor, depending on whether you want to cover part or all of a pool. An acrylic pool stage would allow colored lights to stream through the stage structure as guests party late into the night if the pool has built-in lighting. The effect isn't just breathtaking enough to take one's breath away; it also gives the impression of walking or dancing on water.

4. Tiered Sitting Platform

Tiered seating structures, like those found in a movie theater or a sports stadium, consist of rows of seats that rise in height as you move further back. While these are almost always fixed in place, the same effect can be achieved with tiered bleachers or tiered platforms combined with portable seating to provide a versatile seating solution. The audience's view of the stage is not obstructed by this elevation of the sightline from the individual seated in front of them. This platform can be assembled and disassembled in as little time as required, and it is modular, allowing you to shape the seats to fit the space constraints and the size of the audience.

5. Elevated Dance Floor

An event organizer is likely to want a dance floor to liven up the environment by incorporating elements of social connection or personal voice. It can entice visitors to let their hair down and dance the night away, whether it's to make the most of the extra dead room or to serve as the focal point. Its elevated position only adds to its ability to accommodate a wide variety of ground variations and soft sub surfaces. This creates a smooth dancing surface as well as a stable feeling underfoot as your guests get their groove on. Experiment with color, design, and patterns to produce the flooring you like, and make sure it matches your company's branding, the event theme, or the overall color scheme. Remember to use architecture, lighting, and music to make the dance floor come alive!

6. Backdrop

Backdrops are universal for any case, as they are the key to a visually striking branding solution. They make a big impact at events, whether it's to convey a message, advertise a product, create a unique theme, or develop corporate brand awareness. It can seem easy to wrap photographic-quality printed PVC around a wooden or illuminated framework, but it is extremely effective. They also come in a range of sizes to accommodate any crowd while also providing a great opportunity for branding. Improve your staging now to keep your audience concentrated and involved during the case.

Stage with Backdrop
Stage with Backdrop

In Summary...

Overall, well-executed stage design in tent rentals can mean the difference between a routine presentation and an enjoyable event experience that leaves an impression on the attendees.


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