Hanging a Banner

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Gearhead17, Jan 27, 2023.

  1. Gearhead17

    Gearhead17 Supporting Member

    May 4, 2006
    Mount Prospect, IL
    I have a 4' x 4' banner with grommets and I am looking for ideas of how to hang it at shows. I have done clips and small pieces of rope, but I am wondering what unique ways other bands are doing this. Please share!
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  2. CryingBass

    CryingBass Just a Fool Whose Intentions are Good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    I think 3M or similar makes square plates with hooks for your grommets that has that tacky removable glue on the back that should not harm the venue’s walls. Might not work on brick though.
  3. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Stretchable bungee/tie-down cables with the hooks. Get a set with various lengths(Harbor Freight is a good source), you might have to daisy chain as well, and then size up what you have at each venue to hook onto. Don’t forget to clear it with management as to what you can use(wall decor, moulding, picture hooks, railing, etc).
  4. guitarflinger

    guitarflinger Not all who wander are lost Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2013
    Front Range, Colorado
    Large safety pins - work well with cloth backdrop (we play in an old theater sometimes). Outdoors - zip ties
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  5. My two older kids painted our banner for us, no grommets. They painted it on cotton, bedsheet type material and my wife sewed it onto some black heavyweight denim material to make it hang better. Just an idea of what the material is, maybe alot heavier than yours?

    So my wife sewed a "pole pocket" in the top. I used some black elec wire stripped out of 12/2 indoor wired to make loops that attached to the ends a 1" pvc that slides through that pocket. There are hooks installed on the light stand that we put center of stage in the back. We hang it when we attach the lights, raise it and leave it rolled while we wire things and set up, than unroll it after soundcheck. Maybe that helps?

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  6. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    We use bungees. There's always been something we can attach to. Whatever you use, make sure it hangs straight without wrinkles. Better nothing than a banner that's hung poorly.
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  7. turf3


    Sep 26, 2011
    I'd suggest you cut a 1 x 4 and put two hooks on it for the banner, then a couple big eyehooks on the upper edge. This way if you have to bungee it to weirdly located things, or use vise grips to clamp it to a pipe, or what have you, the banner will always be nicely flattened out.
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  8. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    We have two! A banner, when there's a place to hang it:
    And a lobby card when there isn't:
  9. Jebberz

    Jebberz Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Quebec city
    Me made a freestanding structure fromblack PVC pipes that we place behind the drummer, for when we play and there is no place to hang the banner. We made it do it can be dismounted and put in a bag.
  10. sawzalot

    sawzalot Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2007
    Depending on the overhead infrastructure, I’ve used zip ties, bungees, params hide cord, etc. My most frequent go-to is parachute cord with adjustable hooks you can buy at Lowe’s or Home Depot. The most important thing, however, is the bottom edge. I bought theater sandbags and attach the bottom corners to the sandbags via the above mentioned parachute cord and hooks combination.
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  11. ThudThudThud


    Jun 4, 2010
    Where does your drummer put his gong?
  12. FullumMusic

    FullumMusic Commercial User

    Oct 13, 2022
    Queens, NYC
    Audio/Music software developer, contracted with a company you've heard of and deving my own stuff.
    If you want extremely unique ideas on how to hang it, get a few small quad-copter drones, and hang it from them. Then have them fly the banner around the venue. :cigar:

    Maybe get one of those telescoping/collapsable tent poles with the elastic running through it. It'll collapse down to nothing and then roll it inside the banner for storage. Then you can make it full-length and either snake it through the grommets, or use carabiners to hang each grommet from the pole. Then attach metal hoops to the ends of the tent pole. That way you can attach either more carabiners, or twine, or bungee cords, or giant safety pins, or whatever mounts best to whatever is behind the stage.

    I haven't actually tried this idea. Just spitballing for some unique ideas.
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  13. turf3


    Sep 26, 2011
    Only problem is the segments tend to break off and make new cords.

    And you're always hungry but you never gain weight no matter how much you eat.
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  14. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    [​IMG] ?
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  15. turf3


    Sep 26, 2011
    All funning aside, though, the point about weighting down the bottom is well taken.

    Put another 1 x 4 along the bottom, secure it with some tacks, put eye hooks on the bottom of it so if the weight of the board isn't enough you can tie it down to something.
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  16. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Paint the band logo on the gong, and then make sure you have a flame system attached to the rim.
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  17. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    Ditto. Works out really well. Easy to assemble/disassemble, too.
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  18. I use bungee chords you can buy cheap at Home Depot. We hang it from the light truss that stands behind us. Good luck.
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  20. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY