How To Get Your First Roadie or Concert Technician Job... 20 Replies

Depending on the size of a live concert tour, many "roadies", also known as "techs" or "Concert Technicians"  are employed behind the scenes to produce a successful show. Have you ever gone to a concert and wondered, "how do they get this whole stage set up, and torn down in one day?" Typically, a live concert production arrives at the venue between 7 am and 12 noon and is ready for showtime at 7 pm. After the show, the entire production is loaded back into trucks and is headed off to another…Continue

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Roadie Job Search Ideas... 10 Replies

Here are a few larger companies with areas of their websites dedicated to roadie related jobs such as event production, crew jobs, audo and lighting AV jobs, and cruise ship roadie jobs. These are employment pages where you can browse jobs, and send applications or resumes. AEG LIVE JOB SEARCH - Sports and entertainment promoterCIRQUE DU SOLEIL JOB SEARCH -…Continue

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Can You Describe An Average Day Working As A Roadie In The Concert Touring Industry? 13 Replies

What is your average work day like?Working in the Concert Touring Industry, you probably have one of the most interesting jobs in the world.  Let's hear about yours! Looking forward to your replies!Photo Credit: Mark Shane HatfieldContinue

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What was your favorite tour? 35 Replies

Ever wondered who are the best Artists/Bands/Tours to work for?Tell us about the best tour you ever worked,and why it was so great.Looking forward to your replies!Photo Credit: Tim LawrenceContinue

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Do you prefer being a roadie in the United States Or Europe? 4 Replies

Where Do You Prefer Touring, United States or Europe?What are the main differences?What do you like or dislike about touring in Europe?What do you like or dislike about touring in "The States"?Looking forward to your replies!…Continue

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Started by Roadiejobs in General Discussion Forum. Last reply by Travis M. Walat Jan 25, 2013.

What's it like being a roadie on a cruise ship? 30 Replies

Cruise ships employ many people in Music and Touring Industries.Let's hear from those of you who have done this type of work on cruise ships before.Is this something worth looking into?Looking forward to your replies! Continue

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Started by Roadiejobs in General Discussion Forum. Last reply by Luís Carlos Marciano Jr Aug 15, 2014.

Hi All,

I am Simon Perks, Stage Manager, Audio tech and Backliner.

Many know me as the SM at Germany's Rock am RIng or at the Swiss version of Sonisphere.

I also work for David Gilmour and can count being the last stage manager for PInk Floyd as a highlight in my career so far.

I live and work from Switzerland, I speak several languages and am at home with Europe's customs and most importantly the way they work.

So tell me of your experience over here, the good, the bad and the Ugly.

I'll start with a good experience for you all.

Last year at Rock am RIng I had the metallica "Snake Pit" tour visit us.

A daunting 4am load in meeting a lot of red eyed and cold young American techs, greeting them all and at the same time giving the orders to my German crew things got rapidly underway.

It was then I met Stryker the Stage Manager for Metallica.

I'm British and kinda look it, tall and thing & no sign of a Sun tan, this Chap towered over me, wearing a silver safety helmet and man was this guy loud. I'm known for my no mess attitude and it goes "This Way Now!"

Stryker was amazing, heres a man of experience and a man in control, nothing was too much to ask for and He was prepared to bend to whatever we had to do, this included striking the entire drum riser so we could use the centre of their stage set for the other acts to get on and off.

This I was not expecting and showed His level of understanding and professionalism.

What a great day, great Crew and a monster show.

Compare this to the so called SM from another lesser known German band on the same billing, who i will not name.

I operate a roundabout conveyor system on my stages.

All the bands are lined up on rolling risers in order and we go on stage left and off stage right.

The German (who drives on the other side of the road) insisted it was done the other way round, in the end I had to do "Simon Say's shut the fuck up and get of MY stage Now!" 

There was no greeting from this guy or discussion, no visit to my office for a calm coffee before hand, compare this to Stryker, a calm head who know's he's a visitor and handles with respect and concern for others, even down to seeing the camera guys were not having problems.

So America tell me how's Europe for you?

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