Environment Formats

Big Beat offer a complete range of formats to meet the needs of different situations. They can be broadly split into performance solutions (Attention Grabber & Interactive Junk-Funk Performance) and workshop solutions (Breakout Room Bash, En-masse, En-semble & Educational Workshops)

Perfomance solutions

Attention Grabber

Suitable for almost every occasion, venue and location! From corporate events and functions, store openings, street performances, awards ceremonies, festivals, etc.

In the past, this format is particularly effective when located on a street, square or small stage and coupled with a stand or information point offering advice on environmental issues and particularly recycling. Without fail, the junk-funk music of Big Beat attracts a varied and numerous audience and breaks down barriers, helping information and advice to be passed on to those who might otherwise have scuttled by!

Format:
  • Big Beat can either be preset at the performance location or take to the stage gradually building up a junk percussion tune (moving through the audience if desired). [5 minutes max]
  • The band perform for anything between 5 - 45 minutes. Energising the audience, providing junk-funk-fuelled entertainment and generally making a resounding percussive impact on all those watching!
  • The band can perform a number of sets in a day!
  • The band themselves can distribute information, leaflets, etc, or work with a designated team.
Set-Up and Breakdown:
  • Acoustic Set-Up Time [5-10 minutes]
  • PA Set-Up Time [as required by PA crew]
  • Breakdown Time [5 minutes]

Interactive Junk-Funk Performance

Suitable for conferences, training programmes, team building days, corporate events and functions, etc.

Format:
  • Participants / delegates / audience members are together in a central location.
  • Big Beat can either be preset on stage or take to the stage gradually building up a junk percussion tune (moving through the audience if desired). [5 minutes max]
  • The band perform 3 or 4 tracks, increasing the level of interactive participation and generally energising the audience. [10-15 minutes]
  • Participants / delegates / audience members are invited to join in with the band using the junk percussion instruments provided (these can be preset and 'hidden' beneath tables / chairs / etc.) They are taught a specific percussion tune and relevant signals. [10-15 minutes]
  • Big Beat lead participants in a percussion track, with different areas of the audience / different instruments given solos (even singling out any 'over keen' individuals!!) [10-15 minutes]
  • optional - The band continue to play 2 or 3 more numbers, with the audience joining in with their instruments.
  • The performance can be adapted to promote any aspect of environmental awareness and information can be made available to audience members in a non-preachy style.
Set-Up and Breakdown:
  • Set-Up Time - Main Performance Area [5-10 minutes - more for soundcheck]
  • Breakdown Time [20 minutes max]

Workshop solutions

Breakout Room Bash

Suitable for conferences, away days, training programmes, team building days, etc.

Format:
  • Participants / delegates are together in a central location.
  • Big Beat take to stage gradually building up a junk percussion tune. (moving through the audience if desired) [5 minutes max]
  • The band perform 2 or 3 tracks, increasing the level of interactive participation and generally energising the audience. [10-15 minutes]
  • Participants / delegates are then put into pre-arranged groups (ideal size 8-15 / max size 35-40) and assigned to a designated workshop leader (member of Big Beat). Groups then move to breakout rooms containing preset workshop instruments.
  • In the workshop participants will learn various rhythms and signals. All groups will be taught at least one common percussive track to be performed in unison in the finale. There is scope for each group to compose their own short individual piece (time permitting) [30 - 50 minutes]
  • Groups move back to central performance area [5 minutes]
  • Big Beat lead participants in a celebratory finale [10-15 minutes]
  • We can deal with groups from 10 to 1000!
Set-Up and Breakdown:
  • Set-Up Time - Main Performance Area [5-10 minutes]
  • Set-Up Time - Breakout Rooms [10-20 minutes]
  • Breakdown Time [20 minutes max]

En-masse, En-semble

Suitable for conferences, away days, training programmes, team building days, etc.
Format:
  • Participants / delegates are together in a central location.
  • Big Beat open the session by gradually building up a junk percussion tune (moving through the audience if desired). [5 minutes max]
  • Participants / delegates are run through some rhythmical warm-ups in one large group. [10-15 minutes]
  • Junk instruments are distributed to participants. [5 minutes]
  • Participants are taught a range of rhythms and signals and at least one percussion tune [15 - 25 minutes]
  • Big Beat lead participants in a celebratory finale [10-15 minutes]
  • We can deal with groups from 10 to 1000!
Set-Up and Breakdown:
  • Set-Up Time - Main Performance Area [5-10 minutes]
  • Breakdown Time [20 minutes max]

Educational Workshops

This popular workshop format sees experienced Big Beat workshop leaders going into schools, youth clubs, or other community or educational organisations and shows workshop participants that recycling can be fun!! We offer a wide range of formats in this area, however, the standard format is as follows.
  • Workshop leaders introduce Big Beat's own brand of recycling - encouraging participants to consider what they can do to recycle in their own lives. [5-10 mins. approx.]
  • After a brief warm-up, workshop participants will learn various rhythms and signals. Learning about all the sounds that can be produced from the array of recycled junk instruments [45 mains. approx.].
  • Big Beat lead participants in a celebratory finale [10-15 minutes]
  • Sessions last 1 - 1 hours
  • 3 - 4 sessions in one day
  • group size - 15 - 35
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