Roadies // The road like no other

Roadies // The road like no other


As a career choice, roadie might not be the first option on everyone’s list, yet it’s a vocation that is often looked upon with a sense of envy by those whose working lives follow a more socially acceptable path (whatever that means these days.)

COVID 19 has of course had a massive impact for touring bands and the army of people who support them. However one thing is certain; you can’t keep a good roadie down and sometime soon, they’ll be back, hitting the road and doing their thing once again.

But what does the roadie actually do?  

Well there are a million different things to do before the crowds start to pour in. If those things are moving equipment, driving, making sure food and drink is on hand at the right times and even taking care of merch and box office when needed, the roadie is there, doing his or her thing to make it all happen.

It can be a great ‘foot in the door’ to becoming a sound or lighting technician too, roadies do it all, and they do it fast. That includes learning on the fly and immersing their selves in the whirlwind experience of touring with a band and different venues every night.

It might be hard work, but what a life? 

For those with a love of travelling, you see plenty of open roads, and you get to spend your nights full of adrenaline listening to music you love along with thousands of fans. There are parties too of course, but also contacts to be made.

Good people skills mean a lot to road crew, one never knows when help will be needed.

It all comes together to create a job, a lifestyle that is compulsive. Hard work and long hours means workmates quickly feel more like family.

The hardest part for many is those periods between tours, a life too quiet, and a life with less adrenaline. They call it ‘post tour depression.’

You don’t get that in a 9-5 office job…

Multi-skilled masters, with stamina, people skills and a work ethic to match. Live music simply couldn’t happen without them.