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.”

A Day in the Life of an Arena Tour!

Touring a continent the size of Europe with a well-known musical act is a complex undertaking. Check out this time-lapse video that I created when I was on tour with Lady Gaga a few years back. I’ve compressed 20 hours into two minutes 38s.  It captures the whole process from what we call ‘load-in’ to the … Continue reading “A Day in the Life of an Arena Tour!”

Petition – Seek Europe-wide Visa-free work permit for Touring professionals and Artists

Let’s keep rock and roll on the road 30th December 2020 I’m not a political person. To be truthful I’m far happier behind a PPU rack than I am on a soapbox, but this changed three days ago when I started a petition to highlight an issue that affects me and thousands of men and women like me in the touring events business.  … Continue reading “Petition – Seek Europe-wide Visa-free work permit for Touring professionals and Artists”

Mapping the kitchen in D3

I recently updated my Disguise D3 training, re-taking the fundamentals course, then adding the creative sequencing and systems integrations courses. 4 days at Disguise’s offices in London. I always like to put things I learn into practice, so I thought I’d map my kitchen. Essentially creating a 3d map of the kitchen within the D3 … Continue reading “Mapping the kitchen in D3”