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Roadie Music Instrument Technician Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Roadie Music Instrument Technician. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Roadie Music Instrument Technician
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Roadie Music Instrument Technician Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Roadies provide services for touring musical groups. The work can vary depending on the musical group they work with. Some groups may employ one roadie undertaking a range of duties while others will need hundreds of roadies to undertake specialist work with sophisticated and complex technical equipment. They help set up and pack away after a gig, providing support during the performance.

Their duties include some of the following:

  • lifting and carrying equipment and sets
  • driving, loading and unloading vans, trailers and buses
  • acting as security to safeguard equipment and band members
  • setting up and maintaining sound equipment
  • lighting and stage design
  • rigging up electrical wires
  • setting up video, computers and other media
  • designing and managing pyrotechnics (fireworks) and laser displays
  • tuning instruments
  • maintaining instruments
  • health and safety issues.

In addition, you may be involved in some management or administrative matters like booking plane tickets, arranging backstage passes or counting takings. In some cases you may also be responsible for catering arrangements.

Hours and Environment:

Roadies work long hours. When on tour they may be required to work seven days a week. The work is very physical and requires heavy lifting. They may also be required to work at heights on electrical cabling and lighting.

The work may be outside or inside and the environment is often noisy. Sometimes venues may be cramped.

When on tour they may be required to live away from home for long periods.

Skills and Interests:

To work as a roadie in the music industry you will need:

  • an interest in music
  • to be physically fit
  • good communication skills
  • to be creative and practical
  • an interest in technology and electronics
  • the ability to work calmly under pressure
  • the ability to get on with a wide range of people
  • an interest in health and safety issues
  • the ability to interpret diagrams and plans
  • an understanding of the requirements of performers.


You do not usually need formal qualifications to work as a roadie. It is difficult to enter the profession if you are under 18 because of the alcohol licensing laws.

Many people get their first job through contacts. It is advisable to get some experience as a volunteer or to undertake work experience in the music industry to demonstrate a real interest in the work.

A driving licence and in some cases a Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) licence, or Passenger Service Vehicle (PSV) licence may be required.


Most roadies learn on the job by working with those who have more experience.

For more technical jobs you may need certain qualifications. These might include sound production, lighting, pyrotechnics, rigging and video work. Lists of courses are available from British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and the Production Services Association (PSA). Many of these courses do not require formal qualifications. For further details, see: Lighting Technician and Sound Engineer: Theatre.

Health and safety or first aid certificates can be useful.


Roadies employers include pop and rock bands of all descriptions and at all levels. The work is almost always short-term. Typically, a roadie might be taken on for a three-month tour, with no guarantee of further employment at the end of it. Periodical unemployment is quite common.

Prospects exist for roadies to go on to become road managers, then band managers. There are also opportunities to train as sound and lighting engineers by undertaking a college course.

Promotion may be possible by taking additional responsibilities or by supervising small teams. There are opportunities to move into promotions management, stage management, or production management.

There are also opportunities to work abroad.

Annual Income:

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.
Income depends on degree of technical skill and volume of work undertaken.

Unskilled roadies can earn around £10,000 a year.
Roadies with audio or electrical skills may earn £18,500 or more. Those with technical skills may earn £30,000 or more.

Roadies may also receive living allowances. Many roadies work freelance.

Further information:

British Phonographic Institute (BPI)
Riverside Building
County Hall
Westminster Bridge Road
Tel: 020 7803 1300

Production Services Association
Centre Court
1301 Stratford Road
Hall Green
B28 9HH
Tel: 0121 693 7127

The Professional Lighting and Sound Association
38 St Leonards Road
East Sussex
BN21 3UT
Tel: 01323 410335 (online resource bank)

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