CREWCARE ANNOUNCE SPECIAL PERFORMANCES AT NATIONAL ROADY4ROADIES EVENTS
TOUR PROMOTERS JOIN TOGETHER TO ENSURE NO ROADIE MISSES OUT #Roady4Roadies
With under a week to go until we celebrate the unsung heroes of every music event you’ve ever been to, CrewCare are pleased to announce the special guest performers at each of the Roady4Roadies events around the country on Sunday, 11 April 2021 (excl Townsville).
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
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 onSunday 11 April 2021 with special guest performances from a huge array of talent including Roady4Roadies Ambassador Missy Higgins and Mark Seymour in Melbourne, Ben Ransom, John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special and Mark Callaghan + Buzz Bidstrup (GANGgajang) in Sydney, Spy V Spy in Newcastle, Monique Brumby and Brian Ritchie Trio in Hobart, Eric Weideman (1927) in Perth, Pigsy and Uncle Gilbert in Adelaide, Bec Lavelle and Hussy Hicks in Brisbane, Lillye with Virginia Lillye and Welter on the NSW Central Coast, Serina Pech, Caiti Baker and DJ Kuya James in Darwin and many more. The Godfathers of Funk will be appearing at the Townsville event on 23 April.
Organisers are thrilled to announce that Chugg Entertainment, Live Nation Asia-Pacific, TEG Dainty and Frontier Touring have banded together to shower their respect on those men and women behind the scenes who put the show on by donating tickets to the event for any crew member, and their family, who has found themselves unable to purchase tickets for any reason. Any crew member who would like to attend should register at roady4roadies.com/tickets.
Live Nation Asia-Pacific President,Roger Field, said “We couldn’t do what we do, and artists and fans wouldn’t have great experiences together, without the invaluable team behind the scenes who just get the job done. In the toughest time for our industry, Roady4Roadies is playing a critical role in connecting with and checking-in on crew.”
Industry stalwart Michael Chugg from Chugg Entertainment said, “In these hard times its important we support the 1000’s of crew that make it happen for us while they are going through very, very hard times. Roady4Roadies is an amazing event, make sure you get there.”
The day commences with the Roady4Roadies Walk (a leisurely 3-4kms) 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 and face mask) and are on sale NOW from moshtix.com.au/roady4roadies.
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)
Our 2021 Roady4Roadies’ Ambassadors are 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.
Ambassador and performer photos can be downloaded from here.
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 from 11:30am
Special Guests: Pigsy, Uncle Gilbert
Brisbane Entertainment Centre from 10:30am
Special Guests: Bec Lavelle, Hussy Hicks, Oskar Campbell, Olivia Ruth
The Entrance Leagues Club from 11:00am
Special Guests: Lillye with Virginia Lillye and Welter
Darwin Entertainment Centre from 1:00pm
Special Guests: Caiti Baker, Serina Pech, DJ Kuya James (James Mangohig)
The Salty Dog, Kingston Beach from 11:30am
Special Guests: Hugo Bladel, Monique Brumby, Brian Ritchie Trio, Boil Up and Jack Careless
Palais Theatre, St Kilda from 11:00am
Special Guests: Missy Higgins, Mark Seymour,
Davey Lane (You Am I)
Special Guest MC: Shane Jacobson
Lizotte’s Newcastle from 4:30pm
Special Guests: Spy v Spy, Osprey, Giant, Justin Ngariki
The Lucky Shag from 11:00am
Special Guests: Chris Murphy, Matt Gresham + Eric Weideman (1927)
Addison Road Community Centre, Marrickville from 11:30am
Special Guests: John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special, Ben Ransom, Mark Callahan & Buzz Bidstrup (GANGgajang), Ollie Bailey + Old Dog New Tricks
Flynn’s Irish Bar from 8:00pm
Special Guest: The Godfathers of Funk
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 woman 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)
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.