Moved this thread to here after finding this section: So my young teenage sons and I are doing a short set during an outdoor party in our neighborhood in a few weeks. We did it last year also and there were probably 80-100 people there. My question has to do with getting us to sound as good as we can. I had never played outdoors until last year and the sound was definitely worse than I was expecting. People said it was good, but although I felt like we had our sound totally dialed in and balanced playing at the same volume in our practice room at home, once we got outside it changed quite a bit. We played on a patio with a house behind us. Our gear may not have been very suitable looking back on it, but we had 2 open-back Orange 212s and an Orange OR15 and Egnator Tweaker 15. Thought it would be good for that size area, but the Orange just got fizzy as could be whenever I put any distortion with it. We were playing Foo Fighters-type rock and the whole setup just didn't have much power at all (actually sounded pretty great inside). The guitar sound was also pretty directional for some reason and some people got a big load of that and didn't hear much else. This year we will be using a Fargen Olde 800 25 and a Suhr Badger 35 with closed-back Avatar 212s. I am hoping closed backs and amps with a little more power will be better. Maybe rely on less gain for more clarity outside? Still just using a fairly cheap Phonic Road Gear 260 PA for vocals and keyboard. It seems to do ok for what it is, but miking and mixing the guitars in that isn't an option. Do you guys have any tips on amp settings, cab placement/angulation, or anything else to help us sound as good as we can?