How to become a roadie
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
- specialist courses run by private training providers
There is no set entry route to become a roadie but you could get some useful skills from a college course like:
- Level 3 Certificate in Technical Theatre: Sound, Light and Stage
- Level 3 Diploma in Sound Engineering
- Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology
You could then try to find a trainee job with an events company. Some employers may prefer you to have experience of live events.
You'll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
You could apply to do a Live Event Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, or Creative Industries Production Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.
These can take between 2 and 3 years to complete.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
People often start by working for free for local bands. This can help you to make contacts that eventually lead you to paid jobs. To get relevant experience you could also:
- work backstage in college or amateur theatre productions
- do casual work at local concert venues, gigs or festivals
- work for equipment hire and supply companies
You may be able to apply direct if you have previous experience of work like:
- electrical installation or electronics
- theatre lighting
- sound production
- music technology
You may be able to do short courses with private training providers for things like:
- health and safety
- lighting installation
- working at heights
- operating lifting equipment
- you'll need to register for the National Rigging Certificate, which is a requirement for anyone working in rigging at height in the events industry
Persistence, determination and a love of live music and events is really important. Go to lots of gigs and get to know bands. You'll need to show them that you have great team work skills and the ability to adapt quickly in new situations.