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The importance of planning a musical performance

Updated Monday, 20 July 2020
Many of us have had the festival experience as a spectator, but what’s it like to actually perform at a festival in front of hundreds of thousands of people? Dr Sean Williams, Lecturer in Music Technology, shares his experience DJing at Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. 

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Sean tailored his music with the changing nature of the environment ­– from darkness to dawn, as the sun rose over the mountains. Hear all about his experience and DJ set in this short video. 

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