Concerts: Entertainment for the Soul!
Concerts are live performances before the audience on a stage. Although concerts are known as performing music related shows only, it is not limited to and any form of art being performed live can be called a concert. The concert can be executed by an individual or by a large group depending on the kind of performance.
Shows that exhibit individual performances like a single musician or a singer or a dancer are called as Solo performances while group performances have different names according to the performance such as an Orchestra or a Choir. There can be many venues where a concert is organized besides the fact that a stage is required and it can be a night-club, a family get-together, a specific concert hall or auditorium etc. See ST for more information about concerts and tickets.
Technological developments also have had a great impact on the different formats of concerts and it also evolved with the development rapidly from a single performer singing a song or exhibiting some physical art form (dance) to a professionally designed digitally loaded music stage with lights & sounds effects to astonish the audiences.
Theatrical inclusions are becoming a part of every concert being exhibited and are a practice to use additional devices to encourage participation from the audiences. Most of individual or group artists use theatrical inclusions in their live performances and it really has a great impact to make the concert livelier and changes the entire atmosphere as if artists and spectators have become one team and what exists between them is music and nothing else.
As we talked about various formats of the concerts, festival is one of them. Festival is a series of live stage shows performed in a sequence for several days. This can be organized for an individual artist or for a group or artists showing their talent by exhibiting several performance displays.
Concert Tours is another format of concert that is basically an exhibition of several shows in different locations from an artist or a group of artists. Most of the famous artist or group of artists (mainly known as bands) from all corners of the world gained their popularity through performing several concert tours and they continue to organize such tours once in 2-3 years to maintain their popularity by reaching to the audiences/spectators by exhibiting their talents.
With the increasing popularity everywhere, concerts have an excellent history of building good revenue because of excellent response among the spectators and increasing popularity of live shows. Concerts gained big recognition after the world-war II when the societies across the globe were trying to recover from the tragedy and artists played an important role to make it livelier. World has seen thousands of concerts all around and a few of them have made history and will be remembered forever such as The Rolling Stones that created a record revenue of $558 Million (approx) exhibiting several shows in different cities during 2005-2007. Madonna, the very famous artist, is known to generate the maximum revenue earned as a solo artist that made around $408 million.