Roadies, sometimes called crew, provide services for
touring musical groups. The work can vary depending on
the group they work with. Some groups may employ one
roadie undertaking a range of duties while others will
need a crew of hundreds to undertake specialist work
with sophisticated and complex technical equipment.
They help set up and pack away after a gig, providing
support during the performance.
Their duties include some of the following:
Roadies work long hours. When on tour they may be
required to work seven days a week. The work is very
physical and requires heavy lifting. They may also be
required to work at heights on electrical cabling and
The work may be outside or inside and the environment is often noisy. Sometimes venues may be cramped.
When on tour they may be required to live away from home for long periods.
To work as a roadie in the music industry you will need:
Roadies’ employers include pop and rock bands of all
descriptions and at all levels. The work is almost always
short-term. Typically, a roadie might be taken on for a
three-month tour, with no guarantee of further
employment at the end of it. Periodical unemployment is
Vacancies may be advertised on the internet, in local press or in music shops. Roadies might advertise their own services in these places, they may also be able to register with an agency or venue to be notified when work is available.
Prospects exist for roadies to go on to become road managers, then band managers. There are also opportunities to train as sound and lighting engineers by undertaking a college course.
Promotion may be possible by taking additional responsibilities or by supervising small teams. There are opportunities to move into promotions management, stage management, or production management.
There are also opportunities to work abroad.
Roadies can develop skills transferable to careers in radio or televsion.
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