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Blockout Band Banners and Backdrops which let no light through. 240gsm flexible fabric with a non-reflective finish. Water repellent. The black resin backing prevents light show-through from the rear.

We Print our blackout band banners using dye-sublimation technology. Dye sublimation prints colours are which are deep, vivid and vibrant. This printing technique engrains the ink to the material, meaning it can last for years.

Edges free of finishing are all hemmed as standard. Hemming prevents the material from fraying. We use specialised plastic eyelets to avoid damaging the fabric. Prices of our band banner include free finishing.

The material can be folded and packed away small, making it easy to store and transport.

Why Choose a Blockout Band Backdrop?

Blockout backdrops are ideal if you require no light show-through from behind your banner. The back of this material is a black latex resin which prevents light from showing from behind. Ideal if your backdrop is in front of intense lighting or erected against a window.

Also used where existing graphics need covering up, or where framework needs hiding.

Blockout Band Backdrop Specifications

  • 240gsm polyester/resin fabric material
  • Flame retardant with fire certificate available
  • Tight weave white face fabric for stunning colour reproduction
  • Professionally finished to your specification
  • Maximum size in both dimensions without a join = 2.6m to 2.9m depending on finishing

Design your Band Backdrop in Full Colour

We print from your artwork – this can be your band logo or other design, including photographic or illustrated backgrounds. Thousands of high-resolution backdrop themes and ideas are available from image banks such as the Adobe Stock Library for minimal cost.

Our band banners will get you noticed! We also produce fantastic, band scrims, stage backdrops and exhibition displays. Banner World also manufactures printed theatre backdrops, podium backdrops and point of sale displays. We print these using dye-sublimation technology to provide eye-popping, vibrant colours and photo-quality images. We print fabrics on rolls up to 3.2m wide to provide huge seamless panels. Do you require a huge backdrop? We can create massive backdrops by stitching sections together.

Flame Retardancy Certificate

Our Fire Certificate for this product is unique in the industry in that we have our fabrics tested for flame retardancy after printing. Many venue safety officers will now not accept a generic fire safety certificate if it is just for the base fabric. Tested to the highest UK standards, our backdrops surpass BS5867-2: 2008: Type B.

Backdrop Options

We can also make even cheaper band banners and stage scrims from standard PVC or Mesh banner material. Although PVC and mesh do save on initial cost, they are not an ideal solution. Larger cheap band banners are more difficult to pack without creasing, take up more storage room and will not look as good for as long.

Need a Backdrop Banner Stand? Check out our new product here.

Blockout Backdrops in Action

We recently produced some 5m x 3.5m blackout fabric curtains for the 2018 BBC Get Inspired Awards, check the video here.

Design Guide for Band Backdrops

Set your dimensions correctly

Please set your artwork to the correct proportions of your final printed band banner. We do not require any bleed on the artwork for a printed backdrop. If necessary, you can set your artwork to scale.

Set the correct CMYK colour settings

Please make sure that you set your colour settings to CMYK. Our backdrop banner printers use a full-colour dye-sublimation printing process which works using cyan, magenta, yellow and black inks. Files that are sent to use using an RGB setup will be changed automatically. Sometimes this can make the colours on your printed backdrop seem weak & washed out. We will check for this before printing and contact you if required.

Position of eyelets on your Printed Band Banners

Please leave a clear area of approx 50mm inside the edge of the banner. Background colour/images are excellent. The eye hole apertures can obscure just no important text elements, small print or logos as these. Around our band banners, we will add hem and eyelets unless otherwise stated. It is not advised to have just fixing holes (without the hem) as this can cause the material to rip.

We space our eyelets approx every 500mm apart unless otherwise stated. Holes usually are evenly spaced so eyelet spacing might vary slightly on different sizes of banners.

Pole Pockets on Band Banners

We can finish your band banners with pole pockets if required. Please make sure when ordering you create the artwork to the size you require. Standard scaffold tubes are a 150mm flat pocket size to fit comfortably with plenty of space as to not cause to much tension on the pocket seam.  Coloured background and/ images or patterns are perfect. Just keep clear of text or vital information. Check here for more information on pole pockets and how to design for them.

Band Banner Design Principles

For band banner design it is always important to consider viewing distances. Design your artwork to give the highest possible impact. Contrasting colours will give your banner much more clout than washed out subtle colours.

Also, think about text sizes. The larger the text, the more it will be viewed from a distance. Use upper and lower fonts. Look at road signs as they are all in upper and lower type rather than all capitals. Subconsciously your eyes will read upper and lower (sentence case) — font type. Usually, clearer fonts work better than stripy unreadable fonts. Look at the backdrops for the prominent performers – they often display the band name.

Less is more, cramming every little bit of information onto your band backdrop banner probably isn’t a good idea. Remember to use areas of space and give your design space to breathe. The best backdrops are always simple and straight to the point. Remember your average viewer needs to read your message in 3 seconds or less.

Technical Specifications »


240gsm Knitted Polyester with black resin backing

Material Weight


Fire Rating

BS5867-2: 2008: Type B

Single or Double Sided

Single sided, black blockout back

Print Process

Dye Sublimation, UV

Print Resolution


Print Spec

Full Colour

Artwork Files

EPS, AI, PDF, High Res Jpeg, Tiff

Artwork Spec

Set 10mm bleed - Make sure that there is a free area all around of at least 50mm for hem and eyelets.

Band Backdrop Artwork Guidelines »

Accepted File Formats

We only accept files in PDF, AI, EPS, JPEG, PSD or TIF Formats

Bleed & Safe Area

No bleed, 50mm safe area

Black Composition

C10 M10 Y10 K100

Artwork DPI


Full artwork guidelines available here:

Artwork Guidelines Download Guidelines (pdf)

Frequently Asked Questions »

Why do your blockout band banners cost so much less than others online?

We have developed our own custom manufacturing process. This process eliminates most of the manual production processes through automation. This means that we have reduced labour costs which in turn has vastly reduced the cost of each backdrop. This is how we can produce higher quality back drops at much lower costs than the competition.

Will you check my artwork?

Yes if there is a problem we will contact you. You are though responsible for supply your artwork correctly, and we cannot be held responsible if you send a wrong or incorrect file.

Will light show through my backdrop?

No light will show through a block out back drop.

Can I fold my backdrop?

Yes, folding your backdrop for storage is fine.

What colour is the fabric?

The fabric starts out white. We can print any colour you require as we use a full colour CMYK print process. We then print your image onto the white material. If you require for example a banner with a black background please make sure that the background of your artwork is black, set to C-0%, M-0%, Y-0%, K-100%.

How are your backdrops printed?

Our backdrops are printed using a CMYK dye sublimation print process. Click here to find out more about dye-sublimation printing.

How do I store my backdrop?

We recommend storing in a dark place which is clean and free of dust.  Fold and store as you would a bed sheet.

How long will my backdrop last?

Your backdrop will last for years if looked after.

Will my backdrop crease?

As any fabric your backdrop can crease. You can iron out on a very low heat if required. If you need to iron, do so on the print side only not the black backing.

Will my backdrop require a join?

Dependent on the finishing specification, backdrops which are under 2.9m in one dimension will not require a join. Some finishing such as pole pockets top and bottom will require more fabric, so this figure then reduces to 2.6m.

Larger backdrops will have a seam where section pieces of material are stitch-seamed together. Due to the increase in the viewing distance on larger backdrops a join is never very noticeable.

Is this material waterproof?

Yes the material is waterproof and can be used outdoors if required. Please though make sure the backdrop is clean and dry before storing again.

Do you ship outside of the UK?

Yes, we deliver throughout Europe and Worldwide. Please contact us for a delivery quotation before ordering from outside Europe.

Is this shipped on a roll or folded?

This product is shipped on a roll as standard if the smallest dimension is 2.5m or less.  Anything over that size is folded.

How do you hem or finish your backdrops?

All our backdrops are professionally stitched for strength and durability. Edges without hem and eyelets will be stitched as standard to stop fraying.

Do I need a pole pocket in my backdrop?

Pole pockets are ideal if you need to run a cable through the top to hang the banner. A pole pocket can also be used at the bottom of the backdrop to weight it down by sliding through wooden dowels, scaffold pole, metal chain or similar.

Is this backdrop fire rated?

Tested after print process to BS5867-2: 2008: Type B

Does this product include a stand?

No. This is a loose backdrop and doesn’t include a stand.

Fire Certificate Information »

This product type has been generically tested for flame retardancy AFTER printing using our dye-sublimation process and AFTER our standard finishing procedures.
Tested in the UK to BS5867-2: 2008: Type B specification. We are unable to produce individual test certificates for each bespoke item ordered.

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Our Guarantee »

Buying banners in confidence

You can buy from Banner World with confidence. Your job will go through several checks before manufacture. Firstly when your job comes in, we check all your uploaded files and cross-reference each file against your order. At this point, if we see that artwork is incorrect or if there is a file missing we will contact you to request new artwork. Most of our banners and fabrics are manufactured at our large print factory in Europe. Our standard turnaround on items is 5-6 working days for delivery. Even though most of our ordering system has been automated, we still carry out several manual checks before processing your order. If at any point we have a question or a problem with your order you will be contacted before manufacturing.

Our processes

Please read the information below on how your order is processed. Each order goes through several checks before printing. Our file checking service is standard procedure on all orders. Checking your files means that you can place your order in confidence, knowing that we will check to make sure your order and corresponding artwork match and are correct. Anything we are not sure that we will contact you before proceeding.

What is Our Initial checking service?

When you place an online order, we will cross-reference your artwork against your order. At this point, we will check that the artwork sizes and file type match the order. We will make sure we have the correct number of artwork files for the job. At this stage, if anything appears to be incorrect, we will place the order on hold and contact you immediately.

How do we process your order?

Once we are happy with your order, we will then process it. We collate all the information for each job, including finishing and material type. The job information is then sent with your artwork to the pre-press department. Pre-press is where we will create and prepare your job for printing.

Our Pre Press and second checking service.

Pre-press refers to the stage before printing. Here your artwork is converted into the correct format for our machines and finishing processes. At this point, if something is spotted which isn’t correct or if there is a problem we will again contact you.

How do we print and track your order through the factory?

Your job is now batched together with other items on the same material. Each item has assigned to it a unique code. The code is used to track the order through our factory. The information is used to check the material, quantity and finishing information on the item. The order then goes through our print presses.

How do we finish your printed items?

Every job we produce is different to the next, whether it be size, material, shape or finishing. Your printed items will be finished as requested on your order. We automate as much of the finishing as possible, cutting down on labour costs and passing on the savings to you. The Prepress data is inputted into parts of our finishing equipment. Your graphics are now finished to your custom requirements. Each printed product is set up differently for each type of finishing process. A banner that has hem and eyelets will be manufactured and produced in a different way to a flag with a pole pocket.

How are your items packed?

We have now manufactured your items. The finishing pieces now move onto the packing department. At the packing stage, we collate your order. Items get checked off against the order using the order code system. The printed goods get wrapped and packed, ready for despatch.

How do you ship my goods?

Now your item has been packed it is ready to be shipped. From placing your order, your goods have taken approx 24-48 hours to get to this stage. We have a logistics team which arrange the shipping through UPS. Our standard delivery (£15 or free over £250) will now take an additional three days to be delivered to an address on UK mainland and most of mainland Europe. Our standard shipping will travel via road and sea to reach the UK. We do offer a faster 1-day shipping method which is our 4-day turnaround service. The fast turnaround service is expensive on low-value bulky orders and is more cost-effective on higher volume jobs. Items to the US and other worldwide destinations will take longer to be delivered. For items going to Ireland, the Isle of Wight, Isle of Man, Scottish highlands etc. please add an extra day onto delivery times