2021 Event Ambassadors:
ICEHOUSE | Missy Higgins | Vika & Linda | Paul Dempsey
Brian Ritchie | The Badloves | Catherine Britt | King Canyon
Roadies, they’re the true unsung heroes of the music events we all enjoy, but these roles often take their toll on those involved.
On 13 March 2020, the COVID-19 Pandemic brought live music to a complete standstill. All shows were cancelled and over 20,000 live production crew found themselves without work. Roady4Roadies 2020 was one of the first events affected with 13 events cancelled just 2 weeks out.
Almost 12 months later, it remains virtually unchanged with the industry operating at less than 4 percent of pre-COVID levels, a result of continual border closures, physical distancing regulations and snap lockdowns.
Roady4Roadies is a day for crew, and the musicians who work with them, to reconnect with their colleagues, friends and family, providing each other with the support of their peers and acknowledging their resilience throughout such trying times.
Roady4Roadies 2021 will be held in 10 major cities across the country on Sunday 11 April 2021 in what has now become a truly national day for Roadies.
CrewCare are thrilled to welcome our 2021 Roady4Roadies’ Ambassadors / Supporters with ICEHOUSE, Missy Higgins, Vika & Linda Bull, Paul Dempsey (Something for Kate), Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes/MONA) Catherine Britt, The Badloves and King Canyon. Quotes from each of the Ambassadors are below.
“In its first year, Roady4Roadies raised $71,500.00 from being staged in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth,” says CrewCare co-director and co-founder Howard Freeman on behalf of the association’s board.
“The net profit of $62,820.00 went to the Support Act ‘Roadies Fund’ to assist crew in crisis.”
This year, Roady4Roadies events have been confirmed to take place in Adelaide, Brisbane, Central Coast, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney and Townsville.
The day commences with the Roady4Roadies Walk (a leisurely 3-4 kms) culminating in a variety of family activities and performances at well known entertainment precincts. All walk participants receive a free t-shirt and face mask, with sunscreen and bottled water available along the route.
The aim of Roady4Roadies is to bring public awareness to the diverse range of highly technical and creative skills required to make our dreams to come true and raise desperately needed funds to help those in crisis.
Tickets for all Roady4Roadies events are $30 plus BF (includes t-shirt + face mask) and are on sale NOW from moshtix.com.au/roady4roadies.
Virtual Tickets are also available for those unable to attend on the day who wish to support the events by making a donation that will directly assist crew in crisis.
For info on all events and Roady4Roadies Walk details, go to roady4roadies.com.au.
ROADY4ROADIES 2021 EVENTS – SUNDAY, 11 APRIL 2021
Adelaide Entertainment Centre – 11:30am
Brisbane Entertainment Centre – 10:30am
The Entrance Leagues Club – 11:00am
Darwin Entertainment Centre – 11.00am
The Salty Dog, Kingston Beach – 11:30am
Palais Theatre, St Kilda – 11:00am
Lizotte’s, Newcastle – 4:30pm
The Lucky Shag – 11:00am
Addison Road Community Centre, Marrickville – 11:30am
North Queensland Stadium – 3:30pm
“ICEHOUSE has been playing shows for a very long time – and we would not have been able to without our Crew. Due to the Pandemic, road crew have done it tougher than most in the last year and Roady4Roadies is a chance for all crew – and artists – to come together and support one another.“
Iva Davies (ICEHOUSE)
“I’m in endless awe at the professionalism of music crew, how hard they work and the standard they work to. Us artists literally could not do what we do without a highly skilled team of men and women behind the scenes making it all happen. But it’s a really tough job, working crazy long hours and away from home months at a time. It takes its toll on mental and physical health. Then throw into the mix the past year with restrictions on live events, it’s just been devastating for so many music workers and their families who suddenly found themselves unable to make ends meet. We need events like Roady4Roadies more than ever right now, so we can show our support and raise some much needed funds for these amazing men and women who’ve always been the backbone of what we do.“
“The crew are the Bodhisattvas of music, guiding artists and audiences to enlightenment, while they themselves lug gear and sleep on top of it in the van. They are the invisible heroes of the performance world.“
Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes /MONA)
“Our road crew family have enabled us to do what we love for so long, it’s a team effort! And we adore them.“
Vika & Linda Bull
“In a good year the music game is a trapeze act minus the financial safety net. But this last year was not a good year. So many of our music brethren have been left hanging by a thread, none more so than our incredible road crew community. It hurts to see such a highly valued and skilled workforce disrespected and cast aside in a time of need and left to committed groups like CrewCare and Support Act to step up and get behind those crew, and their families, doing hard time. I’m proud to be associated with Roady4Roadies in drawing attention to such an inspiring work community. If you’ve been fortunate enough to witness what roadies can achieve in a single days work, you’ll know never to underestimate this mob!“
“Road crew are absolutely the unsung heroes of our industry. They literally make our events possible from the sound, to the lights, to the stages we stand on and they do it all with a professionalism and a passion to make sure that audience members and performers alike all have a great experience. Day after day, show after show, year after year. No matter how punishing the schedule, after 25 years in this industry, I have only ever seen total professionalism and commitment from the road crew I’ve had the pleasure of working with, they are a special breed and they love their work. It’s all about the show.
2020 brought a different kind of punishing schedule to our crew people across Australia so it is a wonderful thing to have events like Roady4Roadies and organisations like CrewCare and Support Act that give us all an opportunity to show our appreciation for the dedicated individuals that make our gigs possible and to offer them real support in challenging times.“
“Roadies are the often overlooked backbone of live music and touring. They’re the first at the venue to set up and the last to pack down and leave before often driving through the night to the next town to do it all again. We need to support our crews especially right now while our live industry is suffering so greatly.“
“It seems so obvious when you think about it, that it’s the roadies that literally do all the heavy lifting to make our jobs even possible. They’re the first ones we turn to when there’s a problem and often the last ones to get a pat on the back (or enough time for a shower). The past year has left our industry in ruins, and the road crew workers are doing it really tough. They need our help and support like never before so Roady4Roadies is an absolute necessity.“
Thanks to Ferris Davies PRM