Festival Banners

How Large Can I Print A Mesh Banner?

You’ve heard the saying “go big or go home” and when it comes to mesh banners, you can really GO BIG. At NorthCoast Banners, we have the largest printer for mesh banners in the industry. And not only should you … Continue reading

You’ve heard the saying “go big or go home” and when it comes to mesh banners, you can really GO BIG.

At NorthCoast Banners, we have the largest printer for mesh banners in the industry. And not only should you GO BIG, but you should also go for the BEST when looking to print large mesh banners.

Our printing pros have seen and printed it all. That’s why we’ve put our heads together to help you understand the ins and outs of mesh banner printing. Because we want to help you get the most out of your banner purchase.

What Is The Difference Between Vinyl And Mesh Banners?

A lot of terms get thrown around when it comes to banners, so let’s clarify the basics: banner materials.

Vinyl banners are made from a PVC material that is durable and weather-resistant. Mesh banners are also made from a PVC material, but they have small holes throughout the fabric that allows for better airflow.

This makes mesh banners ideal for outdoor use, as they will not blow away in the wind like vinyl banners can.

All About Mesh, Vinyl, And Fabric Banners

To better differentiate banner types, we’ve broken down the three main materials large banners are printed on: mesh, vinyl, and fabric/cloth.

-Mesh Banners

Mesh banners are made from a PVC material that is durable and weather-resistant. The small holes throughout the fabric allow for better airflow, making them ideal for outdoor use.

Mesh banners are also sometimes referred to as 70/30 mesh. 70/30 vinyl mesh means the banner is 70 percent vinyl mesh material and 30 percent airholes.

-Vinyl Banners

Vinyl banners are also made from a PVC material. However, solid vinyl banners can blow away in the wind due to their lack of airflow. Therefore they are not ideal for outdoor venues and events.

-Fabric Banners

Fabric banners are made from a variety of materials, including polyester, cotton, and nylon. They are lightweight and can be printed on both sides. Unlike vinyl, cloth banners can be folded up without creasing.

However, they are not great for outdoor venues as the fabric can get caught in the wind. Additionally, fabric blocks sound waves and thus is not a good choice to place in front of large speakers. This banner material has benefits, but for outdoor and large-scale events, you’re best going with mesh banner material.

Make Promoting A “Breeze” With Mesh Banner Printing

Are you planning an outdoor event? With mesh banners, you can promote your event, performer, or sponsors even on breezy days! The small holes in the fabric allow for better airflow, so your banner will not blow away in the wind.

If you’re concerned about extremely windy conditions, there’s also the option of 30/70 mesh banners. These banners are only 30 percent material, so while they are safer in terms of blow-through, the printed images will not be as vibrant.

What Are The Advantages Of Choosing Mesh Banners Over Vinyl Or Fabric Banners?

There are several advantages of choosing mesh banners over solid vinyl or fabric banners.

First, mesh banners are more durable and weather-resistant than vinyl or fabric banners. They can stand up to wind, rain, and sun, and because they aren’t as dense as solid vinyl banners, they can be folded or rolled more easily.

Second, the small holes throughout the fabric allow for better airflow, making them ideal for outdoor use and concerts. 70/30 mesh banners still provide a clear vibrant image while offering safety and versatility. They won’t distort sound or add unnecessary weight to the stage, as they are considerably lighter than other banners.

And third, mesh banners are less likely to blow away in the wind than vinyl or fabric banners. Safety is a huge concern for any event host. The last thing you need to worry about it s a banner that could blow away and damage the stage or attendees!

Can I Print On Both Sides Of My Banner?

It’s possible to print double sided mesh banners, but typically not necessary. It will really depend on the use.

For example, if you’re installing a mesh banner on a stage or in front of a speaker, you don’t necessarily need the back to be visible. Some customers opt for double-printed mesh for concert speakers, building wraps, and backdrops because it can be more vibrant.

However, since mesh banners are somewhat see-through, you cannot print two different images on the front and back, as they would both be visible and result in a muddled unattractive look.

How Visible Is The Printed Portion on a Mesh Banner?

The biggest concern for most customers purchasing large mesh banners is how good the print will look. Yes, the printed portion of a mesh banner is visible!

Our brains are amazing and work to fill in gaps. In fact, scientists have found that our brains work by processing border information first and filling in the surface information second. Thus, we can perceive something that isn’t really there – like the 30 percent of the banner that isn’t there!

Instead, our brain makes the image whole. So from just 3 or 4 feet away, you’ll see one clear, solid image printed on the mesh banner.

Are Mesh Banners Fire Resistant?

Yes, all of our mesh banners are fire-resistant. As we noted, safety is always the top priority for any venue. Wind safety and fire safety are both extremely important.

Our mesh banners are fire retardant, meaning they meet standard NFPA 701 guidelines. This is the rating by the National Fire Protection Association, the body that tests mesh material against flammability.

Because of all these safety measures, mesh banners are the ideal signage for outside usage.

What Is The Typical Size For A Banner?

There is no “typical” when it comes to banners! You can make them in just about every size. However, here are some common and popular banner dimensions.

Popular Sizes For Mesh Banners

-Four feet by two feet

This is a common option for small banners. This size works perfectly for simple gatherings such as those in backyard settings.

-Six feet by three feet

Banners this size are a great choice for boutique storefronts and retail promotions.

-Five feet by ten feet

These larger banners are ideal for busy venues and big, crowded events as they provide maximum visibility. This is also a good size to hang on a building.

-Stage sizes

Big events like concerts and festivals require large size banners so they are visible to the people at a greater distance. A standard stage backdrop (also known as a band scrim) is 6’ x 6’.

However, outdoor events may require extra large size banners in the proportion of 10’ x 12’, 15’ x 12’, or even larger to match the stage backdrop. In fact, big stages may require banners that are as huge as 15’ x 20’ or 20’ x 25’!

Such extra-large banners are visible even from far away, accommodating huge crowds and large spaces. Mesh fence banners are also popular at such events for advertising and crowd control.

-Building wraps

Building wrap banners can come in a variety of sizes. If you want to wrap an entire building, you will likely need large-scale mesh banner printing and seamed pieces.

How Large Can I Print A Mesh Banner?

At NorthCoast Banner, we can print a large mesh banner in literally any dimensions. Our printing machines are 16′ wide, the very largest industyr, which means we can print 16′ without a seam. We regularly print banners larger than 16′ on both sides – using a butt seam, we can create the finished size at whatever dimensions needed. Basically, whatever the banner size, we can accommodate you.

Larger banners simply require a seam. Seams on large-format mesh banners are barely noticeable – especially on white and light-colored backgrounds. So no matter what your needs are, we can help you print the perfect banner!

What Is The Best Resolution For A Large Mesh Banner?

The best resolution for a large banner is 150 DPI (dots per inch). This will ensure that your print is clear and sharp. Scanned images should have a resolution of no less than 300 DPI at 1/4 size of the final printed piece.

What Are The Minimum And Maximum Dimensions Of Your Banners?

We can print banners in a variety of sizes. Mesh banners without a seam max out at 16 feet wide (industry high), while cloth banners top out at 10 feet wide. We seam banners that are larger than 16′ on both sides, so you’re never limited to 16′. If you need a custom size, just let us know!

How Much Sound Will The Banner Let Through?

Just as they let air flow through, mesh banners won’t block or muffle soundwaves. if sound distortion is a high concern, you can opt for a higher hole to material ratio.

Get Your Grommet On

Grommets are metal eyelets that are placed along the edges of the mesh banner. They are used to secure the banner to a fence, wall, or other structure.

When you have grommets on your banner, you can use ropes, cables, wires, hooks, nails, or pins to hang them. Now that’s versatility!

What Should I Know About Pole Pockets And The Ordering Process?

Pole pockets are horizontal or vertical openings that are sewn into the banner. They allow the banner to be slid over a pole for hanging. When ordering a banner with pole pockets, please specify the size of the pole you will be using so we can hem the pocket to fit.

Pole pockets are best for use at the bottom of the banner. This functions to weigh down the banner or a backdrop.

How Long Do Mesh Vinyl Banners Last?

With proper care, mesh vinyl banners can last up to five years. However, they are also affordable enough that you can order new ones as needed when event sponsors or performers change from year to year.

If you are using the same banners outdoor frequently, eventually the elements will cause some wear and tear. This could be fading or cracking from UV, wind, and rain exposure. 

Are The Edges Of Mesh Banners Hemmed?

Yes, all of our mesh banners have hemmed edges on all sides. This helps to prevent fraying and increases the lifespan of the banner.

If you expect your banner to stand up to high winds, you should consider reinforced hems. We recommend these for most outdoor mesh vinyl banners.

Can I Cut My Banner To Shape?

You could cut up your banner, but we wouldn’t recommend it. While you can cut your banner to shape using a sharp knife or scissors, it may not function the way you’d hoped. Mesh banners can be prone to tearing if you cut away the fortified hemmed edges.

If you have an idea for a unique shape, talk to our designers. It’s likelier that we can replicate the image you’re after by printing it, instead of slicing up your banner. 

What Is The Printing Process For Mesh Banners?

Mesh banners are printed on a large-scale printing press. The perforated material is printed with a backing sheet on it to prevent ink from leaking through the holes and onto the printing platen on the digital printer.

Can I Order A Vinyl Mesh Banner With Pre-Attached Rope To Secure It To Posts?

We can provide a variety of finishes including grommets and pole pockets, however, we do not include additional items like ropes and nails.

Before you order, take time to determine how you will hang your banner. For example, what kind of stage are you dealing with? Are you using the banners on poles, on a truss, or hanging them in a windy area?

The more information you have, the better we can provide you with a banner that meets your needs. We offer custom mesh banners to fit your every need.

Will My Large Mesh Banner Have Seams?

For a mesh banner larger than 16 feet wide on both sides, length and width, seams will be necessary. We use a high-quality seam sealer to ensure that the seams are strong and will not tear.

Banner seams are not typically a problem visually, however you may want to consider your design and the seam placement to ensure you’re pleased with the final product. 

What Is The Turnaround Time To Order Large Mesh Banners?

The turnaround time for mesh banners is typically six or seven business days. However, rush orders are available for an additional fee.

Keep in mind that when you order you will need your artwork ready, and you will need to approve proofs before the printing begins. You should also consider shipping time and plan as far ahead as possible.

Ordering Custom Banners

If you need a custom mesh banner, simply fill out our online quote form. Our experienced tea can help you with everything from design, to materials, and more!

Still have questions about mesh banner printing? Give us a call at 1-800-231-4213 and we’ll gladly guide you through the process.

We can’t wait to see what eye-popping designs you have in mind for your large mesh banner!

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The Ultimate Guide To Renting A Stageline Mobile Stage

Planning an event or festival? There are a lot of things to think about. One of the most important decisions you’ll make is what type of stage to use. If you’re looking for a mobile stage that is both reliable … Continue reading

Planning an event or festival? There are a lot of things to think about. One of the most important decisions you’ll make is what type of stage to use. If you’re looking for a mobile stage that is both reliable and affordable, read on to view your options!

In this ultimate guide, we will discuss the different features of Stageline mobile stages and other brands, what you need to know about sound, lighting, and banners, as well as some tips on how to choose the right one for your event. Let’s get started!

Mobile Stage Rentals & Uses

One of the great things about mobile stages is that they can be used for a variety of events. Whether you’re hosting a concert, a corporate event, or a community festival, a mobile stage can provide the perfect setting.

Depending on the type of event you’re hosting, you’ll make decisions about the stage size, the lighting, and the sound system. But all of these factors are dependent on each other, so you need to understand what you’re doing.

Stage Sizes

When it comes to mobile stages, size does matter! The stage size you need will depend on the number of people you’re expecting at your event, and very often the caliber of the performer. 

If you’re not sure how many people will be attending, we recommend choosing a larger stage to be safe. These Stageline stages are used around the world. They’re popular for their ease of use, dependability, and ultra-professional look.

SL 100 24′ X 20′

The SL 100 mobile stage is great for street fairs, block parties, fundraisers, outdoor runs, local events, rallies, and more. This stage can support 800 lbs. of audio per side. The roof height for this model is 15 feet off the stage deck.

This ultra-fast and easy-to-use product has a total rigging capacity of 11,800 pounds (5,351 kg). Permanently mounted side rigging trusses with a 1,500 pound (680 kg) capacity per side, the truss deploys in seconds.

Many stage roofs require space all around them for ground anchoring or for outrigger legs. A Stageline SL 100, with a 24 by 20-foot stage size, requires no outriggers or guy lines on any side. Therefore, the audience can get right up close to the front of the stage with no sightline obstructions. 

You can pack the side areas with vendors or tour buses since no ballast obstructs that space. Do you need to set up on a two-lane city street without blocking the sidewalk? Not a problem for a mobile stage.

SL 250 32′ X 24′

Stageline SL 250 New Generation is one of the most common choices for a variety of major events. Events like Light the Night, Making Strides Against Cancer, and The Color Run take place in markets around the country. But they all ask for the same stage!

Additional decking can increase the performance area to 32′ x 32′ covered. This stage is capable of flying 2,000 pounds of audio per side and has a roof capacity of 18,500 pounds. The roof height of this model is 18 feet off the stage deck. 

SL 320 40′ X 40′

The SL 320 stage is for larger events. The setup time is 3 hours with 6 set-up personnel technicians. Though a larger stage, it is engineered for fast setup and even faster removal. The roof capacity is 26,000 pounds and the max height is 25 feet from the deck with 24 rigging points.

Rated fastest 40’ mobile stage in the industry, the SL 320 is a fast workhorse to admire, with safety and reliability to count on. The first concern for any event is the safety of attendees and performers. With a Stageline, you can be sure the stage production is secure. 

SAM Series

The SAM Series includes the SAM 450, SAM 575, and SAM 750. These stages are made for production professionals and designed to handle the most demanding outdoor productions. The SAM750 has a total rigging capacity of 152,000 pounds. 


Another important consideration is the weight of the mobile stage. You want to make sure that the stage is sturdy enough to support both the performers and the equipment. And it’s the equipment – lighting, sounds, banners, etc. that really makes a difference.

Sound System Considerations

If you’re planning on using a mobile stage for a concert or other musical event, you’ll need to make sure that the stage can safely accommodate a sound system. The sound system and the number of speakers will impact how far the sound reaches.

The type of speaker setup that you will need depends significantly on the size and needs of your event. In a more intimate venue, you may merely need two full-range speakers and a mixer setup.

Outdoor Events

At a larger venue with tens of thousands of people in the crowd, you may need 40 speakers or more, with subwoofers as well. Most outdoor events are in a relatively open space, meaning few walls to cause reflections. 

This can be a benefit, providing the potential for better audio quality. The drawback is that you need a more powerful audio system to cover the same area.

Additionally, the higher the speaker, the further the sound will travel. If it’s too high, there will be a loss of impact in the front as the sound goes over their heads. 

If the speakers are not high enough, the sound may be uncomfortable for the people immediately in front of the stage. So once again, the size of the stage truly makes an impact.

Factors to Determine Audio Setup Needs

  1. Size and nature of the performance space
  2. Expected attendance
  3. Artist audio requirements and the type of music being performed

Factors to Determine the Level of PA

  1. How far back from the stage do you need to hear the music?
  2. How many people do you expect to attend and how large of an overall crowd space will there be for the sound to be heard?

LED-Wall Considerations

An LED wall is an actual wall that hangs off the top of the stage. LED-wall or an LED Video wall is a large screen made of light-emitting diodes that display visual content like videos, images, text, and other forms of graphics. 

This is just one of the exciting new technologies used to enhance shows! It gives the feeling of a massive, luminous wall that has no junctions between the various modules that make it.

Rigging Plot

One of the most important ways to choose the appropriate stage for your event is to know your rigging plot. It may seem simple, but it’s easy to bypass this necessary step and go straight to researching stage designs. 

It’s crucial to understand the production equipment and how much load-bearing capacity you will need from your grid. This will help you determine staging options and also save you a headache later on. 

For example, let’s say you skip this step and go right to the vendor inquiring about an SL 250 mobile stage. It seems to meet all your needs, with a small footprint and easy installation. 

But fast forward a few weeks to when you find out that the production equipment exceeds the 250’s load-bearing capacity! Now you have to backtrack and start back at the beginning – with less time to plan and a lot more stress. 

Setup Time

One of the great things about mobile stages is that they’re quick and easy to set up. In most cases, it will only take a few hours to get the stage ready for your event. 

For example, a smaller stage like the SL 100 could take two people just 30 or 40 minutes to assemble. Meanwhile, a larger stage like the SL 320 would likely take a crew of four people closer to 2.5 or 3 hours.

Stage Lighting

When it comes to mobile stages, lighting is an important consideration. You want to make sure that the stage is well-lit so that the performers can be seen by the audience. Once again, your options are based on the stage rental you select.

For example, an SL 250 can fly 2000 pounds of lighting. You also have to consider if you’re just flying lighting or if you want a light show. A light show requires an operator to work the lights during the show. 

Banner Configurations

It’s also important to consider the banner configuration when choosing a mobile stage. You want to make sure that your mobile stage festival banners are correctly placed so that they’re visible to the audience.

At an outdoor concert, banners need to be properly printed on blow-through mesh (70/30) and safely attached to the stage to avoid accidents.

Most events are funded through sponsorship. And the best billboard to advertise these sponsors is the one your entertainment is performing on! 

Stageline products offer a complete banner kit, which allows you to strategically place banners along the sides, top, and bottom of the stage. By showcasing sponsors, you can offset your event costs. 

Utilize these spaces as an up-sell opportunity or a place to thank everyone involved in making your event a success. When printed on appropriate mesh material the Stageline will maintain its wind rating.

Stage Brand Options

There are a variety of mobile stage rental brands available, so be sure to do your research before making a decision. We recommend Stageline because of its quality and affordability. 

We’ve outlined some of the most popular companies producing stages.


Century is a popular option for mobile stage rentals. However, Century does not have a load-bearing roof past 1,000 lb, so you cannot fly an LED wall from one of these rigs. 

Century’s mobile staging solutions have hydraulically operated stages offering push-button set up to simplify and expedite stage setup.


APEX offers high-quality, mobile stages to suit a variety of venues, audience sizes, and practical requirements. APEX Stages are made in America and support American manufacturing.


Stagemobil offers a wide variety of stage sizes from the Stagemobil S to the Stagemobil XLR, a large, semi-circular stage. Made in Germany, these high-quality stages are meant to be set up quickly by just one person while maintaining a high level of operational safety.

Benefits Of Renting A Stageline Mobile Stage

When you rent a Stageline stage, you can rest assured knowing that you’re getting a high-quality mobile stage. Stageline offers both standard and custom stages, so you’re sure to find the perfect one for your event. 

Stageline is one of the most popular line of mobile stages in the industry. But that doesn’t mean you should limit yourself to this particular brand. Ask your rental company for the best option for your event. For example, American Mobile Staging, a mobile stage rental company in Chicago, IL offers a variety of brands on their website.

Speed of set up is another factor. For example, according to Stageline, two stagehands can have an entire SL100 up in 30 minutes, although we recommend budgeting an hour for full setup. 

Engineered to withstand up to 110 mph winds, a Stageline mobile stage will remain standing even in the event of a hurricane. Ballast or ground anchors are not required to achieve this level of wind resistance. Additionally, the roof is engineered to safely support heavy loads of production lighting and sound equipment.

Takeaways on Stage Rental

When you use a mobile stage at your event, you get a secure elevated platform, a roof covering, and optional rainproof wind walls. Your AV production company can easily hang sound and lighting equipment from the mobile stage with low effort, meaning less cost for these items. 

No need for separate stage, roof, and lighting supports, which reduces costs. The technical elements are installed before the stage raises up, avoiding the costs of boom lift rentals. All in all, if you are holding an outdoor performance, a mobile stage should be at the top of your list.

When it comes to mobile stage rentals, it’s worth it to do your homework. Contact our team if you need a referral for a stage rental company, or if you need a quote for mobile stage banner printing.

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How To Buy SL 100 Stage Banners

Now that you’ve locked in your stage rental for the festival or outdoor show, it’s time to think about your SL 100 stage banners. While buying mesh banners might seem like a simple task way down on your event to-do … Continue reading
SL 100 Stage Banners
SL 100 Banners set up on a stage.

Now that you’ve locked in your stage rental for the festival or outdoor show, it’s time to think about your SL 100 stage banners. While buying mesh banners might seem like a simple task way down on your event to-do list, doing banners right can in fact be a make or break aspect of the event.

Here’s how ensure your banners are going to make the event a smashing success.

Design Your SL 100 Mesh Banners With Simplicity

Your stage banner design should be simple, easy to read, and fit well with your event’s aesthetic. If you have multiple sponsors and you need to display the logo for each and every one of them, try and space them out enough that they’re easy to read, or work with a graphic designer to display all the logos in an aesthetically pleasing fashion.

What Size Banners Do You Need For SL 100 Stage Banners?

Here is the full specs on all sizes, for all the banners on the SL 100:

Stage Backdrop: 12′ 8″ x 23′ 6″

Left And Right Speaker Banners (Stage Scrims): 16′ x 6′

Stage Header (Top Banner):

Option 1 – 3′ 10″ x 24′

Option 2 – 3′ 10″ x 37′

With those sizes in mind, keep in mind that your stage company that you’re renting from may have special sizes that they will run with based on how they like to configure the stage. It’s always a good idea to check with them, and see what mesh banner sizes they recommend for that stage.

How Long Does It Take To Print My SL 100 Speaker Banners And Backdrop?

After producing festival banners for thousands of events across the US, the problem we see all too often is event planners waiting until the last minute to order their SL 100 mesh banners. That often results in the design being too rushed, added rush fees to the order due to production squeeze, and missing details in the banner order due to the hectic situation.

Your mesh stage speaker banners will be a tremendous investment in the visuals, the photos taken at the event and on social media, and the vibes across the event space. Plan ahead!

Production time is typically 6 – 7 business days, plus a few days ship time depending where you are located in North America. We can move faster on the production side, and rush fees are sometimes applicable, on a case by case basis.

Ideally, get in touch with your SL 100 banner printing company at least 3 weeks prior to the need-in-hands date, so you’ll have the time to ensure your banners look beautiful and arrive on time.

What Is The Best Material For SL 100 Speaker Banners?

The only material you should ever print your SL 100 stage banners is 70/30 vinyl mesh. The transparency of the material allows air, and music to flow through, which reduces the load and tension of the stage in high wind situations. From a safety standpoint, vinyl mesh is the best material for SL 100 stages.

All our 70/30 vinyl mesh banners for SL 100 stages come with reinforced hems all four sides, which strengthens the banner and improves the longevity and durability.

How To Hang Your SL 100 Mesh Banners

Hanging your stage banners is simple: as a standard add-on to all our stage banners, we install grommets every two feet, on all four sides, for free.

This will make it easy to attach the mesh banners to ropes, poles or rods that will hold them up. Regardless of how the stage trussing system is set up, the grommets will provide you with an easy way to hang your banners beautifully.

And that’s it! It only takes a few minutes to order mesh banners, but if done right they’ll provide your event with an added touch of professionalism and set the tone for your festival or event.

Contact us today for help with your next SL 100 stage banner project, we’ll be happy to help.

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The Future of Festivals in 2021

If you work in the festival industry like we do, you know that the 2020 festival season was a wash.  Disappointed attendees, unemployed contractors, and thousands of canceled festivals were the result of the lockdowns and COVID-19 regulations.  Even with … Continue reading

If you work in the festival industry like we do, you know that the 2020 festival season was a wash. 

Disappointed attendees, unemployed contractors, and thousands of canceled festivals were the result of the lockdowns and COVID-19 regulations. 

Even with a vaccine on the horizon, it looks like upcoming festivals in 2021 will be different than they were before the pandemic.

While festival planners are trying to stay optimistic, safety precautions from last year’s festivals will be combined with new pandemic proof measures as we move forward.

How Festivals Survived in 2020

While the pandemic ravaged the festival and live music industry, many event planners insisted that the show had to go on. 

In 2020, we saw drive-in concerts, virtual festivals, and socially distanced events with pens and fences that kept small groups of attendees isolated from each other.

While these measures helped the festival industry stay afloat, many events were canceled or rescheduled for 2021. The events that were held, were a different atmosphere without the large crowds.

Virtual Concerts

Virtual concerts made it possible to enjoy events from the complete safety and comfort of home. 

These shows premiered online with the artist performing live in an empty venue. Viewers could either watch the live performances as they were streamed or access them for 24-36 hours after the event. 

Though these events allowed people all over the world to attend a single event, watching a music event on a screen isn’t the same as an in-person experience.

Socially Distancing Festival Attendees

With quick innovation, some festivals did manage to hold in person events during the pandemic. 

Drive-in concerts were a popular suolitions to the social distancing conundrum. Drive in events allowed attendees to see their favorite artists in person from the safety of their car. 

Though the sound and visibility of the show are somewhat reduced by being in a vehicle, this was an early solution that allowed some events to happen. 

The drive in festival does reduce the number of attendees. Where before you might have several thousand attendees, the event now might be limited by the space available to a few hundred cars. 

Some in-person, out-of-car festivals still took place in 2020, but attendees were divided into pens that kept them socially distanced.

The pen method brought its own set of problems for festival planners.  In order to keep people apart, fewer people were able to attend the events. 

With the increase of staff required to get the attendees safely to their designated areas, and the cost of procuring and setting up the pens, this sort of event was likely to have a narrower profit margin than a traditional festival.

Larger Stage Sizes

We saw a trend in larger stages being used at socially distanced festivals. 

At NorthCoast Banners we print banners for all stages. In a regular year, one of the most popular stages we print banners for is the SL 100 with a 24’x20’ stage floor. 

During the pandemic, we saw an increase in banner orders for larger stages – especially the SL260 with a 32’x24’ floor. 

Caption: SL 260 stage at Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival, 2018
Caption: SL 260 stage at Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival, 2018

Not only does the larger stage allow for more space for the artist and various workers to remain socially distanced, but it also has larger side banners. The larger banners allow the audience to see the stage branding from a greater distance. 

Often, screen projections were also used to make the experience just as impactful for those seated further away from the stage.

What to Expect If You’re Planning Festivals in 2021

Although the pandemic is far from over, many of the hottest festivals are planning to return to the United States in 2021 with COVID safety precautions in place.

Outside Lands, Riot Fest, and the Electric Forest are just a few of the music festivals saying they will make a comeback in 2021.

Challenges Festivals Face in 2021

If you’re planning festivals in 2021, it’s important to follow all the safety guidelines recommended for the area where the event will take place. Safety regulations vary not only from state to state, but sometimes by county throughout the US. 

Temperature checks, mandatory mask-wearing while indoors, and hand sanitizing stations should be implemented to prevent the spread of coronavirus at your event.

Keeping Your Attendees safe

While these measures have been proven to reduce the spread of the virus, they do pose some drawbacks and challenges for event planners and attendees.

Attendees may complain that wearing a mask is uncomfortable. If your festival takes place in the summer, masks may cause attendees to feel overheated. It’s also harder to stay hydrated when wearing a mask which may lead to an increased risk of dehydration or heat exhaustion. 

Though alcohol sales can be a big part of the revenue at a festival, it can create additional challenges during the pandemic. 

Whether trying to have your attendees keep their masks on or follow social distancing rules, it can be difficult to get people to follow the guidelines when they are under the influence of alcohol. 

Some festivals will  require attendees to test negative for coronavirus. Though this seems like a sure way to keep COVID out of your festival, it presents logistical challenges. 

Unless you’re doing rapid testing on site, there is the potential that an attendee was exposed to coronavirus after getting their test. There’s also concern about attendees falsifying negative test results in order to attend the event. 

At minimum, festivals will probably need to use temperature screening to prevent ill attendees from entering the venue.

Staffing Challenges

Event planners should also take steps to ensure the safety of event staff members. 

In order to enact safety measures and screening of attendees, you will likely need to increase your staffing. 

In addition to needing more staff, it can be harder for your people to work with each other. Social distancing makes it harder to communicate, especially in a festival setting.

Some set up tasks may need to be done with staff members closer together than the FDA recommended 6ft minimum distance. Some festival planners have discussed.

Will there be Festivals in 2021?

As we move into 2021, it seems more likely that some festivals will return than others. 

For large festivals like Coachella, it’s unrealistic to think that these safety precautions will be effective. If Coachella were held in person, it would likely need to have fewer attendees. With the number of performing acts at large events like Coachella, it’s likely that these massive festivals will hold off until we’re beyond the COVID pandemic.

For small and mid-size events, safety measures could be implemented. Mid sized events could still be profitable as long as event planners account for the increased cost and decreased number of attendees.

Unfortunately, continued fear about the pandemic may deter some people from attending festivals in 2021. Some people, especially those with high-risk family members at home, simply don’t want to take any chance of contracting the virus no matter what safety precautions are in place. 

Music festivals have always been centered around cutting loose and coming together with friends and strangers alike, and with so many rules and regulations in place, event planners may not be able to provide the experience that attendees are used to.

Event planners should prepare for lower turnout, higher overhead costs, and reduced profits for the 2021 festival season.

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We are in the stage business, but mostly in the banner business

“We are in the stage business, but mostly in the banner business,” says Scott Thompson, owner/president of StageRental.com, a stage rental company in Orlando, Florida. It’s true, a stage rental company doesn’t just rent out stages. They provide the stage … Continue reading

“We are in the stage business, but mostly in the banner business,” says Scott Thompson, owner/president of StageRental.com, a stage rental company in Orlando, Florida.

It’s true, a stage rental company doesn’t just rent out stages. They provide the stage that is the billboard of the event. Thousands of people show up to events every weekend and take pictures of the artists/entertainers on stage all around the world.

Sponsorships have really taken off at live events. Promoters are finding they can get their production costs (stage, audio, lighting, video wall, etc) covered 100% or partially by sponsors looking to gain a unique edge in their marketing.

A typical outdoor stage rental for a small to medium size event (500 to 2,000 people) can cost anywhere between $1,500 and $3,000. Sound can be in the range of $1,000 to $3,000.

Lighting can be $200 to $3,000. Imagine getting all that paid for, and you keep all the ticket sales and profits from the event?! Banner costs are minimal by comparison, but they are what bring in the sponsorship dollars.

Attendees are snapping up pictures of the artists on stage with banners in the background showing the sponsor’s brand. These pictures end up getting shared on social media at an exponential rate, leading to even more exposure.

At the time of this writing, each person on Facebook has on average 338 Facebook friends. Each person on Instagram has about 150 followers. According to Business Insider, 35% of people in your timeline see your posts.

So that’s 118 Facebook friends and 52 Instagram followers that potentially see the event post from one single person. If you have 2,000 people at the event, and only half of them take pictures and share them… you do the math.

The use of #hashtags increases the reach online even further. For example, if the promoter or sponsor uses a hashtag such as #xyzevent or #xyzproduct on their banners, then people that want to see pictures of the event can look up that hashtag, and see every picture taken by hundreds or thousands of other people. This works with video very nicely as well.

Many customers do not even know the banner kits are included with the stage. We at StageRental.com mention this to every single client.

We want them to get banners for their stage, because they will be able to reuse those banners for years to come on “our” stages. In addition, their event will be more of a success because their sponsors will want to do it again.

North Coast Banners has been our go to banner company that we refer all our clients to for the past 5+ years. Their quality, service, and fast shipping makes all the difference with our customers.

We tell our customers “all you have to do is send NorthCoast the artwork, and they’ll make sure you get the right quality banners on time. They know the sizes of all our stages as well, so everything will fit perfectly.”

Too many of our customers have gone their own route, getting their friend or cousin to print banners for them. They show up with weak banners, no grommets, non blow through material. The wrong banners will cost you money. Do it right the first time!

If you aren’t utilizing banners at your events, you are missing out on free money, whether you are a promoter, stage company, or production company.

Banners more than pay for themselves. Call NorthCoast Banners!

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The Ultimate Guide to Buying Mesh Stage Banners

So you’re looking for a comprehensive guide to buying Mesh Stage Banners? You’re in the right place! Our team has done the research and compiled all the need-to-know details to make purchasing mesh stage banners a snap. Best Materials for … Continue reading

So you’re looking for a comprehensive guide to buying Mesh Stage Banners? You’re in the right place! Our team has done the research and compiled all the need-to-know details to make purchasing mesh stage banners a snap.

Best Materials for Festival Banners

The best material for festival stage banners is vinyl mesh. In fact, you just can’t compare any other choices to this high quality, durable material! Vinyl mesh comes in two options: 70/30 or 30/70.

70/30 vinyl mesh means that the banner is 70% vinyl material and 30% air (holes). The holes allow for wind and sound blowthrough without compromising on visual design.

In contrast, 30/70 vinyl mesh uses less material and more open space. This material is ideal for windy conditions. A stage will always have a certain max load for weight and wind resistance, so if you anticipate a venue will be windy, the 30/70 vinyl mesh is the safest option.

Stats About Vinyl Mesh

  • 70/30 vinyl mesh is the most popular options for outdoor events
  • 70/30 mesh is durable, lightweight, and allows air/sound blowthrough
  • The 30 percent holes are essentially invisible to the naked eye
  • 30/70 vinyl mesh is recommended only for very windy conditions, as the images will be less vibrant
  • More details about vinyl mesh can be found HERE

For more information about the differences between 70/30 and 30/70 vinyl mesh, check out this informative article.

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70/30 Vinyl Mesh Festival Stage Banners

Another option, which is NOT recommended, would be solid vinyl. This is only ever a reasonable option for the stage header banner, if a band or event is looking to maximize the vibrancy of the images and logos.

However, for safety reasons, we recommend that all outdoor festival stages utilize at least 70/30 vinyl mesh materials for ALL stage banners.

Wind Considerations for Festival Stage Banners

First of all, you really need to consider your venue when you are deciding on the type of vinyl mesh you will purchase. Because 30/70 banners can be less visually appealing, some might opt against them.

However, if you know the venue will be subject to high winds, the safest choice is always smartest. If you need help designing your banner to be as vibrant as possible, even at 30/70, our design team is available to assist.

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30/70 Vinyl Mesh Stage Banners for Windy Conditions

Sizes for Mesh Stage Banners

You will need to know the stage type and size in order to purchase the proper stage banners. Here are some of the most popular and common stages used at festivals:

Stageline SL 100

Stage Backdrop: 12′ 8″ x 23′ 6″
Left And Right Speaker Banners (Stage Scrims): 16′ x 6′
Stage Header (Top Banner):
Option 1 – 3′ 10″ x 24′
Option 2 – 3′ 10″ x 37′

Stageline SL 250 (Classic model)

Stage Backdrop: 14′ x 30′
Left And Right Speaker Banners (Stage Scrims): 17′ 9″ x 12′
Stage Header (Top Banner):
Option 1 – 12′ 6″ x 30′ 8″
Option 2 – 12′ 6″ x 32′ 8″

Stageline SL 260

Stage Backdrop: 17′ 6″ x 30′ 10″
Left And Right Speaker Banners (Stage Scrims): 20′ 6″ x 13′
Stage Header (Top Banner):
Option 1 – 5′ 1″ x 46′ 3″
Option 2 – 5′ 1″ x 35′

Stageline SL 320

Stage Backdrop: 22′ 4″ x 38′
Left And Right Speaker Banners (Stage Scrims): 26′ 4″ x 15′ 10″
Stage Header (Top Banner): 4′ x 40′

Apex 3224 Mobile Stages

20 Ft. Stage

Stage Backdrop: 16′ 5″ x 20′
Left And Right Speaker Banners (Stage Scrims): 16′ x 4′
Stage Header (Top Banner): 3′ x 20′

24 Ft. Stage

Stage Backdrop: 16′ 5″ x 24′
Left And Right Speaker Banners (Stage Scrims): 16′ 2″ x 4′
Stage Header (Top Banner): 3′ x 24′

32′ Ft. Stage

Stage Backdrop: 16′ 5″ x 32′
Left And Right Speaker Banners (Stage Scrims): 19′ 9″ x 4′
Stage Header (Top Banner): 3′ x 32′

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Vinyl Mesh Festival Banners on SL260 Stage

For more detailed information about stage types and sizes and how to order your banners in the correct size, check out this useful guide.

How to Hang Mesh Banners on a Stage 

There are two primary options for hanging stage banners: grommets and pole pockets. The most popular hanging choice is to have a grommet/eyelet placed every 2 feet along the perimeter of a banner, fastened with a zip tie or cord.

Conversely, pole pockets don’t hang as easily and generally are just not as user-friendly. However, if you’re sure this is what you want, NorthCoast Banners can produce banners with pole pockets by request.

Another option would be Velcro, however this is best suited for small, indoor venues. To read more about each option and decide which is best for you, check out this article on setting up your banners and backdrops.

Additionally, you must remember to talk to festival management if you have questions about stages and sizing. The venue management will be the ones to hire the stage technicians who actually hang the banners.

As the buyer, you won’t be the one hanging your banners. At NorthCoast Banners we know the majority of the well-established stage tech companies and are able to answer your questions or connect you to the right person.

Will My Banners Rip? 

NorthCoast Banners’ mesh stage banners come with reinforced hems. As a result, these hems that have been doubled up with extra heat welds or stitches so the edges will be strong. In contrast, standard hems won’t last as long and could tear in high winds. 

Make sure you always review order details like materials, hanging type, and hem type.

How Long Does It Take to Order a Stage Banner?

The typical turnaround time to order a mesh stage banner is about one week production, plus shipping time, which depends on buyer location.

The biggest hold-up we tend to see involves artwork hiccups. For example, the artwork submitted may not be high enough quality, which could result in some back and forth with our team and designer before the banner goes into production.

Of course, if our graphic artist gets called in to clean up images, it could add several more days.

Therefore, you should plan for the order date to be at least 3 weeks prior to the date needed. The minimum typical order time-frame is 3 to 4 weeks, but we recommend you add a week or two to be safe.

Rush Order for Mesh Stage Banners

We are able to fulfill rush orders for mesh stage banners. In fact, we offer printing turnaround in 2-3 days, and can add rush shipping at cost. Contact us for more information.

How to Design Artwork for Stage Banners

There are two key elements for stage banner artwork: bright colors and high contrast.

Keep in mind that if you have opted for 30/70 vinyl mesh for windy conditions, your images will appear more subdued. However, 70/30 mesh is essentially solid to the naked eye, as our eyes and brains work together to fill the open space.

Check out these stage banner design Dos and Don’ts to get started.

What Are the Format Requirements for Artwork or Logos for Stage Banners?

Because artwork needs to be blown up to a large scale for stage banners, it is important that the images be high quality and large format.

Likewise, the best logos and art files are vector images. For example, PDF, AI, and EPS files. These can be any size without losing quality, since the computer just scales the image based on existing information.

Raster images can be trickier to adapt. These include JPEG, PNG, PSD, and PSB files. These files need to be 150 dpi at full print size.

For example, if a backdrop is 10×10′, just convert that to inches, which equals 120×120. Thus, saved at that size in Photoshop it would need to be at least 150 dpi. If the file is too big for Photoshop, then we need the HALF size at 300 dpi so we can expand it

For all the nitty gritty details on design sizes and file types, utilize this guide to artwork requirements.

However, if you aren’t up on all the latest design jargon, we have a graphic artist who is able to vectorize logos (sharpen them up) utilizing whatever graphics you already have.

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70/30 Vinyl Mesh Stage Banners

Can I Reuse My Mesh Stage Banner?  

A great benefit of mesh stage banners is how durable they are. These will last you a long time! Also, be sure to roll your banners when you store them to lessen creasing.

Do NOT put tour or festival dates on the artwork if you plan to reuse the banners. If you take care of your banners and choose your artwork wisely, they will be a long-term in vestment well worth the cost.

Now that we’ve covered the main topics for purchasing mesh stage banners, you should be set and ready to go! If you have any additional questions, feel free to reach out to our highly trained and experienced team at NorthCoast Banners. We are always happy to bring your stage banner vision to life!

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Cheap Banners At Festivals: A Public Safety Risk

The appeal of low-cost materials and cheap banners makes sense. If you’re hosting a festival or large event, you need to cut down on costs wherever you can! But keep in mind that when it comes to festival and stage … Continue reading

The appeal of low-cost materials and cheap banners makes sense. If you’re hosting a festival or large event, you need to cut down on costs wherever you can! But keep in mind that when it comes to festival and stage banners, quality and reliability equals safety.

Acoustic Transparency

When planning a festival, you want to be sure you’re delivering quality performances. Therefore, you need to consider stage aesthetics as well as sound. Bands and performers want to audience to hear them without distortion.

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Acoustic transparency is about maintaining acoustic fidelity as sound passes through screen material. An acoustically transparent material allows speakers to be positioned behind the banner, maximizing the viewing (aesthetic) and listening (acoustic) experiences.

High Quality Vs. Cheap Banners

Stage banners are not the place to cut corners and opt for cheap banners. If you’re looking for less expensive banner materials, Plastic Roll Banners are a great option for use elsewhere around a festival or venue.

However, when it comes to stage banners, high quality materials and experienced companies can make a world of difference. You want to make sure you’ve made appropriate considerations when purchasing stage backdrops and band scrims.

High quality mesh banners will provide optimal acoustic transparency and still maintain visual integrity. JFest opted to use 30/70 mesh banners (less material) for maximum safety and wind durability. Because they went with high quality stage banners, the did not have to compromise on visual integrity!

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JFest Utilized 30/70 Mesh Banners To Optimize Blow-through

The Safety Risk of Cheap Banners

Not only do high quality banner materials maintain acoustic fidelity, they can also save lives. Cheap banners may seem like a good idea until realize just how risky they can be!

Just as sound traveling through high quality mesh in important for festival banners, so to is the blow-through quality of banners. When it comes to speaker tower banners and stage backdrops, the last thing you want is for the banners to become wind sails.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened at the Indiana State Fair in 2011. High wind gusts turned the stage banners into deadly wind sails, bringing down the stage. That tragedy left 5 dead and dozens more injured.

It’s disasters like this that remind us the value of quality materials whenever public safety is at hand.

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Windy Conditions Brought Down The Stage At The Indiana State Fair


There are certainly many costs and considerations to hosting a festival. Performers, aesthetics, and layouts are all dependent on audience.

However, regardless of the theme of your event, we urge you to consider safety and quality above all else. Cheap banners may seem appealing, but we guarantee you will be pleased you went with the best! NorthCoast Banners staff are highly trained and experienced to help you find the best quality, safest stage and festival banners to fit your budget.

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Your Music Festival Road-Trip: 9 Shows To Hit

If your ideal summer includes traveling around the country in search of music festival nirvana (hey, we can all dream), then this list is for you! Are you a music festival junkie like us? If so, nothing sounds better than … Continue reading

If your ideal summer includes traveling around the country in search of music festival nirvana (hey, we can all dream), then this list is for you!

Are you a music festival junkie like us? If so, nothing sounds better than a summer full of the hottest music artists and most colorful festivals. Stop dreaming and start planning that perfect road trip!

We have you covered with this guide to Summer 2020 can’t-miss, multi-day music festivals! Which festivals will make it onto your map?

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Mark your map for these music festival stops

The Governors Ball Music Festival – June 5-7, NY

Kick off your summer music festival tour in New York with The Governors Ball. This year the fest is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. As such, the yet-to-be-released lineup is sure to be packed with stars! Recent years have included top artists such as Florence + The Machine, Khalid, and Shawn Mendes.

According to inside sources, Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend and Stevie Nicks are set to headline. Miley Cyrus, Solange, Flume, and H.E.R. are expected to make appearances, as well. You won’t want to miss this!

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival – June 11-14, TN

The lineup for the annual music festival was announced earlier this month. Tool will be heading up the Friday bill. Breakout stars Lizzo and Tame Impala will be the headliners for Saturday and Sunday.

Additionally, Thursday’s kickoff festivities will feature a Grand Ole Opry salute with unnamed special guests.

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Recording artist Lizzo

Country Jam – June 18-20, CO

This music festival is “The Biggest Party of Your Summer,” so it has to make the list! Country Jam showcases the biggest names in country music. For example, the 2020 lineup includes Toby Keith, Carrie Underwood, Dan and Shay, and Kane Brown. And SO many more artists!

Immerse yourself in great music on multiple stages, surrounded by Colorado’s awe-inspiring red rock landscape. 

Essence Music Festival – July 1-5, LA

Billed as the event that “Parties With a Purpose,” this music festival draws over 600,000 attendees. Even the famous City of New Orleans is a selling point!

Essence is a unique experience, with Essence Eats offering live demos with celeb chefs and cooking experts. Essence After Dark showcases comedy shows, live podcasts, and underground performances. 

The 2020 lineup has not been announced, but last year featured A-List performers. In addition to Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, and Ginuwine, Jacquees, Ledisi and many more have performed. You know it will be amazing!

Alive Music Festival July 17-19, OH

Alive Music Festival brands itself as “the best 3 days of summer.” With a killer lineup, they may be right! Performers include TobyMac, Skillet, Switchfoot, Newsboys UNITED, Jeremy Camp, Lecrae, Hillsong Young & Free, and more still to be announced! 

Certainly one of the more picturesque festival settings, Alive features four stages, 40+ artists, speakers, and seminars, beautiful camping and RV sites, and swimming and boating in their 1,500-acre lake. In other words, be sure to pack a swimsuit!

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Alive Festival (Stage Banners by NorthCoast Banners)

FYF Fest – Date TBA (rumored July 21), CA

FYF Fest 2020 is a multi-genre music festival. Its recent lineup include Hot Water Music, Bicep, Serpentwithfeet and many more. The event aims for “futuristic musical transcendence” with a lineup that “will keep on dazzling spectators and exceeding expectations.”

Likewise, it will be worth the wait to get all the details on this fest!

Lollapalooza – July 30-August 2, IL

Lollapalooza is one of the most iconic music festivals in the world, taking place annually in Grant Park in Chicago. This multi-genre, four day affair offers up a lineup of the biggest acts in the world along with the hottest up-and-comers. 

Last year’s performers included Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, The Strokes and so many more talented groups and solo acts. For example, this year’s rumored headliners include Post Malone, Lana Del Ray, Bad Bunny, Billie Eilish, Guns N’ Roses, Travis Scott, Pearl Jam, and Kendrick Lamar.

Newport Jazz Festival – August 7-9, RI

You won’t want to miss “the granddaddy of all music festivals” – the Newport Jazz Festival at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI.

Founded in 1954, the Newport Jazz Festival was the first jazz festival in America. Most importantly, it has been host to numerous legendary performances by iconic figures and contemporary geniuses. 

AFROPUNK FEST Brooklyn – Date TBA (typically August), NY

AFROPUNK FEST Brooklyn is a music festival born out of the documentary Afro-Punk. The film highlighted black punk artists around the United States.

In fact, the original festival started in 2005 and has grown into a global movement, evolving over the years to encompass artists from a wide range of genres to augment its inclusive atmosphere.

However, not limited just to music, the festival is a diverse cultural showcase, featuring film, fashion, visual arts, and skate/BMX parks. 

Now that you have your summer music festival route all lined up, it’s just time to load up on sunscreen and decide what to pack. Or if you’re a band looking for ideas of music festivals to apply to, check out these great options!

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Moe Down Festival

Moe Down Festival was held this past September at the Gelston Castle Estate in Mohawk, NY.  The 3-Day festival held host to many different genres of bands. Moe Down Festival contacted us about doing stage banners that would cover the PA speakers. … Continue reading

Moe Down Festival was held this past September at the Gelston Castle Estate in Mohawk, NY.  The 3-Day festival held host to many different genres of bands.

Moe Down Festival contacted us about doing stage banners that would cover the PA speakers.  The biggest concern with the banners was the passage of sound.  At NorthCoast Banners we offer many different types of Vinyl Mesh Banners. Our 70/30 Mesh is our most popular option for festivals and bands because of its great clarity in art work, balance with its airflow capacity and ability to pass sound through. The banners featured in the picture above are a 30/70 mix.  The sound crew had requested the 30/70 mix because of previous use and preference of it.

Some things to ask yourself when considering the different types of mesh is the visibility and detail of your artwork, the size of it, the bounce back and distortion of sound, and the airflow (so that your banner does not become a sail). Learn more about the factors to consider when buying a stage mesh banner or backdrop.

If you would like more information on the stage mesh banners please feel free to give us call at (800)-231-4213 or check out our page on stage banners.

If you would like to learn more about the Moe Down Festival check out their website at www.moedown.com

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Stage Banners at Movement Festival in Detroit

The Movement Festival was held in Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit May 28-30 this year. The fest was a sight to behold with a record attendance number of 99,282 people, five different stages, and a lineup that included over 100 … Continue reading

Stage Banners featuring Vitamin Water

The Movement Festival was held in Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit May 28-30 this year. The fest was a sight to behold with a record attendance number of 99,282 people, five different stages, and a lineup that included over 100 DJs from around the world. Over the course of three days I saw everyone from the very young to the very old flock to the stages enjoy a wide variety of live techno performances. Just within the crowd there were dance circles galore—hip hop, break dancing, gloving, hula hooping, glow sticks, people busting out the quirkiest moves in their repertoire—which made ‘Movement Festival’ a fitting name.

Mesh Banner featuring Vitamin Water

The other thing that caught my eye, of course, were the 10ft by 35ft vinyl mesh stage scrims NorthCoast made for the Vitamin Water stage. This year the banners included a QR code that, when scanned by a smartphone, took users to the Vitamin Water website on the free wireless internet available at the fest.

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I also saw some vinyl mesh banners on the fence outside that NorthCoast made for another Movement Festival sponsor, the Detroit Metro Times.

For more information about vinyl mesh banners, stage scrims, or any of our other products, feel free to call us at 800-231-4213 or visit the NorthCoast Banners website.

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