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A roadie helps musicians while they are on tour by setting up and dismantling equipment, loading the van and perhaps driving it from gig to gig. Other names for a roadie include back stage crew or road crew.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates vary, depending on:

An unskilled roadie might start off on or around £8.00 an hour, rising with experience to around £15 an hour. A roadie with specialist technical skills in lighting and audio might earn up to around £30 an hour. However some jobs are on a 'low pay/no pay' basis, with all expenses and any profits shared.


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Getting In

Jobs are with individual bands, or with agencies or venues. Look for vacancies in music magazines, music shops or on the internet.

What Does it Take?

You should have:

You need:


It is useful and sometimes necessary to get training in specialist skills such as sound production, audio console work, rigging or pyrotechnics (fireworks). You can get details of courses from the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) website.

Getting On

More Information

The Creative and Cultural Skills website has a careers section called Creative Choices which covers careers information, jobs and opportunities in music, including touring stage crew.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT)
Tel: 020 7242 9200
Twitter: @theabtt

BPI - The British Phonographic Industry
Tel: 020 7803 1300
Twitter: @bpi_music

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