Testing one, two – The soundcheck
When everything is set up and ready to go there should be a soundcheck involving all of the crew and artists that will work on the show. There are occasions when this isn't always necessary, such as running the same show for several nights in the same venue or on fast-changeover festivals. If there is a change in the show, even a small one, another soundcheck should be done.
The idea is to get all of the systems involved running correctly and as they will be during the show, or very close to it. An empty venue will sound somewhat different to one with a full audience but we just have to live ...