Telluride Bluegrass Livestream

Telluride Bluegrass Livestream

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Telluride Bluegrass Livestream

NOCOAST was fortunate to spend two weeks conducting the Telluride Bluegrass Livestream from the 48th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival here in Colorado. Our production crew of 14 rotated through the event as we broadcast for over 8 hours a day without a break in the action.

Excitement was in the air heading into the summer of 2021. The entire music industry had been shut down for many months due to the pandemic. Both the fans and crews alike needed an opportunity to come together for the love of live music. 

The Festival line-up featured Béla FleckSam BushGrace PotterDel McCouryMavis StaplesChris ThileGreensky BluegrassThe Infamous Stringdusters, and many more.

Livestream pre-production

As a result, planning for a shoot of this magnitude began months in advance. It was an absolute pleasure to brainstorm with the Planet Bluegrass team.

Besides worrying about internet bandwidth, one of our main concerns was how to hold the livestream audience’s attention during the 30-minute stage changeovers in-between sets.

Our solution was to create hours of custom video content that showed the beauty of Telluride for those who could not attend. Many of our crew arrived in town early to shoot audio/video sequences of the valley, mountains, and rivers. These custom b-roll packages were ready to air shortly thereafter.

We produced the festival’s still photography and social media content.

In addition to the Telluride bluegrass livestream production, NOCOAST was in charge of still photography delivery for the festival’s social media accounts. Moreover, we were contracted to produce two video recaps for each weekend.

Getting permission to fly our Part 107 Licensed Drone was no small feat, but we were able to secure a film permit to fly through the town of Telluride just in time. 


For the Livestream, we utilized a mixture of Sony FX6/FS5 Cinema cameras on-stager, and the Blackmagic Ursa 4K paired with a Teradek 4KLT for our wireless crowd camera.

In terms of camera support, we positioned our two Camera Goat Cinema Sliders in the pit and on stage for smooth dolly moves. 

Atomos Global Ninja recorders allowed us to record 4k internally on each camera, and the monitors converted the video signals to 1080p to our Blackmagic ATEM switcher downstream.

Watch the video below:

Telluride Bluegrass Livestream Team

Livestream Director – Tobin Voggesser
Creative Director / Drone Op – Jesse R. Borrell

Produced by Planet Bluegrass and NOCOAST

Livestream Partner – Mandolin
Videographers – Ian Glass, Sawyer Harris, Zack Littlefield, Josh Middleton, Katrina Miller, Nick Stock, and CJ Strehlow 
Stream Technician / Videographer – Zach Newton
DIT / Editor – Tony Byrne
Still Photographers – Dylan Langille and Molly McCormick
Production Assistant – Justin Garber

We work and play hard!

What a great experience… We were so happy to be back in Telluride, back in the majestic mountains.

The music was so uplifting. The live audience was happy and the Livestream people gave us great reviews. And the NOCOAST crew did an excellent job!

Music definitely heals the soul.