Societal Disruption

An ‘event’ is to inform or to celebrate; quite often a combination of the two. An event is ‘a thing that happens or takes place, especially one of importance’.Through our social circles, religious and political ideologies and other recreational interests, we gather to discuss, learn and enjoy yourselves with occasions we deem as ‘important’ in our every-day lives.

Defining an event as a ‘societal disruption’,highlights that there is some significance that is out of the ordinary. This definition breaks up events where the special occasion is celebrated in private, as having a birthday or anniversary would not necessarily been seen as a disruption, though having a party to celebrate such things, could be. The idea of an event causing a disruption shows a desire to be out of the ordinary.

An event in relation to events management as a profession would have to have a purpose, an audience and clear aims or outcomes. To which scale, this may not matter but as the saying goes, if a tree falls and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?

In the Routledge Handbook of Events, ‘Defining Events Studies’, Donald Getz talks about ‘Planned Events’:

‘Event planning involves the design and implementation of themes, settings, consumables, services and programmes that suggest, facilitate or constrain experiences for participants, guests, spectators and other stakeholders. Every event-goer’s experience is person and unique, arising from the interactions of setting, programme and people, but event experiences also have broader social and cultural meanings.’3

A musical event, by its nature, needs:-

  • a place in which to happen
  • performers
  • an audience
  • a catalyst—someone or something to bring these things together.
  • appropriate technology to enable the event to happen, e.g. instruments, microphones


  1. Oxford Dictionary
  2. Tourism: The Key Concepts.London: Routledge
  3. GETZ, Donald. 2012.’Event Studies’ In Stephen J PAGE and Joanne CONNELL (ed.). The Routledge Handbook of Events.London: Routledge, 26
  4. FRITH, Simon. 2012. Live Music Exchange. Live Music 101 #1 – The Materialist Approach to Live Music. Available at: [accessed January 2019]

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