How Long Do Concerts Usually Last? Tuesday December 14 2021, 10:00 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, you should expect the entire production to last 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 small 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 or 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 as well, which can make the full production much longer than you may think it would be. 

How Long Do Opening Acts Perform?

Popular music artist that put on concerts often has opening acts that do short sets in comparison 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 in order to give performers time to take a break as well as for set changes. This also gives the audience members a chance 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 expected 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 it is often encouraged by the venue in order 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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