The Petition Explainer

Why Freedom of Movement was so important to music touring and why will UK based techs be at a disadvantage. There are three types of music touring that I as a UK passport holding Tech am involved with. The first is “Own Show’, this is when an artist will tour performing shows in clubs, arenas … Continue reading “The Petition Explainer”

Like a rolling stone

Seek Europe-wide Visa-free work permit for Touring professionals and Artists – Petition Update When I first put pen to paper and created the petition to Parliament calling for visa-free touring in Europe for artists and crew, I had no real clue of what I was letting myself in for. As I’ve said previously, I don’t … Continue reading “Like a rolling stone”

An Un-Viable Option?

First up, when I use the word ‘techs’, it includes and I hope you don’t mind, the dancers, the backline, video, sound and lighting crew, the riggers, automation and set carpenters, the wardrobe, makeup and hair, the production team, catering, the drivers, and anyone else I’ve forgotten. As the debate over music touring in the … Continue reading “An Un-Viable Option?”

This is not the time to play the blame game!

I’m pleased to report that the petition has passed the quarter of a million-signature mark, it’s still going strong and the petition’s committee have informed me that it will now be discuused in Parliament. This fantastic response from music lovers all over the UK has now reached into the very heart of Westminster. The Culture … Continue reading “This is not the time to play the blame game!”

UK Technical Crew to Lose Out in Work Permit Chaos

Double whammy for touring crew UK based touring professionals like me will be hit by a double whammy because the government failed to secure cultural work permits for tours in the EU27. Before Brexit, an American band for example, would tour Europe supported by a core team from the states. Amongst this core crew we … Continue reading “UK Technical Crew to Lose Out in Work Permit Chaos”

Music Touring in The EU – A Haulier’s point of view.

A big part of concert touring in the EU is moving vast amounts of equipment around.  This includes the band’s instrument, sound and lighting equipment, rigging, video gear and everything else that sits behind a spectacular live show. This work is undertaken by specialist haulage companies with years of experience in the job. Often their … Continue reading “Music Touring in The EU – A Haulier’s point of view.”