Roady4Roadies takes place nationally in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth on Sun 10th March and Adelaide on Sun 24th March. It is open to the public and industry alike, with all profits going to Support Act.
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.
An Entertainment Assist study, conducted by Victoria University in 2015, 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 have shown 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.
To register for the Roady for Roadies walk, tickets are available online for just $30.00 (plus booking fee*).
All walk participants receive a free t-shirt, R4R laminate & lanyard, with water & sunscreen provided.
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.
There’ll be a BBQ, prizes and Roady Games for the kids! Then there’s the Crewathlon, a fun and friendly competition between teams of roadies, with awards, speeches and prizes. The day concludes with live entertainment from some of the country”s leading artists.
Representatives from The Hemisphere Group and Support Act will be present at every Roady4Roadies event at their Health and Wellness Stand, promoting health initiative’s such as:
- Medical Health
- Physical Health
- Mental Health
“When you, as a paying patron, inhabit the world of magic, illusion, fantasy and power that is a live music event, consider the people that made this happen under all working conditions, never opening the doors late and holding up your adventure.
When you’re in that crap seat in the back of the bleachers and you CAN hear and see the show – these people make it happen!
Riggers, truck drivers, runners, scaffers, site crew, pyro crew, audio crew, lighting crew, staging crew, video crew, flooring protection crew, security team, catering people, ticketing crew, accounting team, OH&S team, fork driver, loaders, engineering crew, set design and build crew, seating crew, barrier crew, camera crew… the list goes on.
Who gives them applause?
Who gives them consideration?
Who ensures their rent is paid?
Who cares for them when their bodies are broken?
Who helps them with emotional issues?
Who provides them financial assistance?
Support Act actually do give these humans support – its no act”
Howard Freeman, Roady4Roadies
“This is a chance for many of us to show our support for the real behind the scenes workers in the concert & touring business – the guys who push black boxes for a living and who we rely on for so much.”
Brent Eccles, Eccles Entertainment
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Howard Freeman – [Roadies4Roadies]