How Long Do Concerts Usually Last? Tuesday December 14 2021, 2:00 PM
Yona Marie
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How Long Do Concerts Usually Last?

How Long Are Concerts?

If you're looking to put on a show or go to a show, the average length of a concert lasts anywhere from 1 hour to 3 hours, depending on the type of artist that is performing.

Popular acts that put on shows for high ticket prices usually have concerts that last between 90 minutes and 3 hours, while smaller concerts with lesser-known acts more often fall between 45 minutes and 90 minutes.

A concert can be as short as 30 minutes and much longer than 3 hours, but it isn't that common, and they're usually referred to as flash performances or festivals.  

How Long Does Each Set Last?

Many concerts that run past the 90-minute mark will include sets from multiple acts. Each set will likely be between 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how many performers are in the lineup.

Some sets can run as long as two hours if there aren't many acts or if the full production is more like a festival.

Setlists often come with 5-20 minutes intervals between each set, which can make the full production much longer than you may think. 


How Long Do Opening Acts Perform For?

Popular music artists put on concerts often have opening acts that do short sets compared to the main performer.

You can expect an opening act to perform anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how many there are before the main performer comes out.

The main performer will, of course, have a much longer set time than the opening act will in this instance. 

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How Long Do Concert Intermissions Last?

Many concerts will include an intermission in the middle of the production to give performers time to take a break and set changes.

This also allows the audience members to stretch their legs, use the bathroom, and buy food or merchandise. Intermissions aren't that long and usually last from 10-25 minutes, depending on the length of the entire concert. 


What Can Make A Concert Run Longer Than Expected?

Concerts often run longer than planned when unexpected events arise.

One positive thing that can make a concert last longer than expected is an encore performance, in which the performer is encouraged by the crowd to perform one or more songs that weren't officially listed on the program.

Another reason concerts can run over the expected time is if the concert starts late due to a performer or band member not showing up on time.

Many unforeseen circumstances can cause a concert to run longer than intended, but the venue often encourages it to increase revenue and engagement from the audience.

Regardless, thanks to noise ordinance laws that vary per location, most concerts can't run after 11 pm if they are outside. 

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Tips For Timing As A Concert Goer

As someone in the audience, you may not have direct control over the timing of a concert, but you can still take steps to ensure you enjoy the experience and make the most of the scheduled timing.

Here are seven tips for timing a concert right as an audience member:


Arrive Early

Arriving early at the venue ensures that you have ample time to find your seat, settle in, and familiarize yourself with the surroundings. This helps you avoid any last-minute rush or stress and ensures you don't miss the beginning of the concert.

Check The Program

Take a moment to review the concert program, either in print or digitally if available.

The program typically includes information about the order of performances, intermissions, and approximate durations of each piece. Familiarize yourself with the schedule to have a general sense of the timing.

Allow For Travel And Parking Time

If you need to travel to the concert venue, consider the time it takes to reach the location and find parking. Factor in traffic conditions or any other potential delays to ensure you arrive at the concert with plenty of time to spare.


Be Mindful Of Intermissions

Intermissions provide an opportunity to take a break, use the restroom, or grab refreshments.

Pay attention to the announcement or cues signaling the intermission, and plan accordingly to make the most of the break without being caught off guard when the concert resumes.

Respect The People Around You

Show respect for the performers by refraining from talking or making excessive noise during the concert.

Being mindful of others' enjoyment and following the general etiquette of the venue contributes to a positive atmosphere and helps maintain the overall timing and flow of the event.

By following these tips, you can enhance your concert experience and ensure that you are in sync with the timing of the performances, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the music and enjoy the event!

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During concerts, we often want to record the wonderful moments with our phones. However, it is often embarrassing to be unable to find and take out your mobile phone from your pocket or bag in time to take pictures. Custom lanyards can resolve this problem.

You can customize different styles of lanyards depending on the type of concert. Not only is it practical, but it can also be part of your outfit.

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It’s always a great idea to support our favorite artists and musicians by attending their concerts and purchasing their merchandise. I recommend using Stubhub; check out the link below to see if any of your favorite artists have shows near you.

Yona Marie

As a session singer, writer, and producer that has worked with over 300 clients to provide high-quality jingles, singles, and features, Yona spends her time creating and marketing new music and helpful resources for creators. Check out Yona’s latest releases on her Spotify, her Youtube and share if you like it!

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