The DIY Backyard Stage has been officially opened. A couple of weekends ago, during an evening of howling winds we had the cutting of the ribbon and our first concert.
Outdoor lighting was manufactured using reclaimed jars of various sizes, some wire and candles.
An array of chairs were set up for the audience and we were good to go.
The headline act for this first ever DIY Backyard Stage concert was The Great Narraweendini.
BK treated us to a set played on the Oud, an instrument that is an ancestor of the modern day guitar. He also performed an original composition which can be seen in the film below.
Berg took to the stage to attempt some stand up comedy.
After an enjoyable first night of the Backyard Stage, plans are afoot to book future acts.
When building your own backyard stage it is important to draw up a elaborate and precise plan for what you hope to achieve.
You will next want to create the frame for your backyard stage. This can be done after work one night in the garage. Make sure that the frame is light enough to carry into position. If you are building a bigger backyard stage then you will have to build it in its final position right from the get go.
If bad weather arrives the next day you might want to postpone putting the decking on your frame.....or not.
Once the decking is all nicely screwed into the frame, you are now ready to paint your backyard stage. It is at this point that it really springs to life.
Some people will be quite happy to leave their stage construction at this point. If you are really keen however, now is the time to think about options for hanging curtains and suspending a future lighting rig.
There is a myriad of options for your backyard stage curtains. In this particular example hessian has been selected for its looks and unassuming appearance.
When building a DIY outdoor stage, you always want to keep in mind the future use. With this in mind, it seemed appropriate to install a solar powered lighting setup complete with colour changing centerpiece.
Before your backyard stage is officially endorsed for use, it is important to carry out structural compliance testing in accordance to your local codes and regulations.
To really pay due attention to your new performance space, your backyard stage will look infinately better if you can do a little bit of landscaping around its perimeter.
Providing space around your garden stage so that it fits in with the rest of the overall design of the property is an important factor to consider.
Adding some carefully selected plants and intersting pots around your stage will focus the eye onto this new performance space in your backyard.
Your very own DIY Backyard Stage is now complete.
The time is right to celebrate this latest structural addition to your backyard by sharing a simple plate of food with your fellow builders.
Rehearsals can now get into full swing for your opening night concert.