Roady4Roadies takes place nationally in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Perth on Sun 10th March and Adelaide on Sun 24th March and is open to the public and industry alike. All profit goes to Support Act.
Roadies are killing themselves! Live production crew are the unseen but essential backbone of the music events that we all enjoy, but these roles can often take their toll on those involved.
A 2015 Entertainment Assist study, conducted by Victoria University, revealed shocking rates of mental health problems within the entertainment industry. Figures showed the rate of attempted suicide in the industry is more than double the rest of the population. Scarily, it also found road crew members considered taking their own lives nearly nine times more than the general population.
Independent figures show one in six roadies commit suicide, over eight times the national average!!!
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.
The day commences with the inaugural Roady4Roadies Walk (a leisurely 4-5kms) culminating in a variety of family activities and performances at well-known entertainment precincts. Walk participants receive a free t-shirt & crew laminate - with sunscreen and bottled water available along the route.
Then there's the Crewathlon, a fun & friendly competition for teams of roadies, with events including the Cable Comp, Stage Manager Sprint, Lighting Crew Limbo and Sound Crew Shimmy! The day concludes with awards, prizes, speeches and live entertainment.
Renowned music industry figure & author Stuart Coupe is the Roady4Roadies Ambassador. Stuart's most recent publication, 'Roadies - The Secret History of Australian Rock N Roll' documents the history of crew, their trials, tribulations, successes and humour. It's now available at www.roady4roadies.com
Roady4Roadies is being staged by a voluntary team of Australia's leading live production personnel and industry professionals. All proceeds go directly to Support Act.
*Children Under 12 FREE
Tickets on sale Monday 10th December, 2018