The Roadies are the unsung heroes of the music industry. They're the behind the scenes guys pushing black boxes, and without whom, the show will not go on. Sunday 10 March 2019 from 10.30am to 4pm acknowledges the wind beneath the wings at the Palais Theatre, Lower Esplanade, St Kilda. Get Roady4Roadies Melbourne tickets HERE. This event is a walk and show for $30 plus fees, or $20 for show only at the door.
The walk is a leisurely one from the Palais Theatre along the foreshores to Point Ormond and back to the Palais for a family day of fun, live entertainment and Roady Games for the kids. Sign-in time is at 10.30am and walkers depart in groups of 30 at 5 minute intervals, or 100m apart, from 10.30-11.20am. Participants receive a free t-shirt, laminate and lanyard, with water and sunscreen provided along the way.
Family day activities begin at 1pm. There's a BBQ and Crewathlon, a fun and friendly competition for teams of roadies. The Crewathlon highlights some of the many day-to-day skills needed to work on a live event. They demonstrate the high-level of ability required to work in this career. Prizes are awarded to individual competitors with the State Trophy presented to the winning team.
Cable Coiling Comp. 2 team members only. Fastest team wins.
Obstacle Course. Pushing a road case around an obstacle course.
Drum Kit Set-up. Setting up a basic drum kit from scratch. The kit will then be played by a professional drummer. If bits falls off or over, the team will incur a time penalty.
PA Set-up. Setting up a basic PA. The PA will be used by a performer. If it doesn't work, the team will incur a time penalty for each part that isn't working.
Guestlist Challenge. All members of the team have to get past a door person & into your gig. Fastest combined time of all the members wins.
The day concludes with awards, prizes, speeches and live entertainment at the Palais featuring Mark Seymour, Dave Graney & the mistLY, J.R. Reyne, Sisters Doll & Jarosite. Doors open at 12.30pm, with show starting at 12.40pm and running through to 3.20pm.
Live production crew are the essential backbone of the music events we all enjoy. They're unseen as they go about setting up, and are loading out long after everyone has gone home. Their lifestyle takes a toll on their physical and mental health, with a suicide rate that's eight times the national average. The aim of this event is to bring public awareness to the diverse range of highly technical and creative skills require to make our concert dreams come true, AND raise desperately needed funds to help those in crisis.
Open to the public and industry alike, all profits go to Support Act, a registered charity founded in 1997 by the music industry, for the music industry. This is your chance to show your support for the real behind the scenes workers in the concert and touring business. This event is being staged by a voluntary team of Australia's leading live production personnel and industry professionals.