Roady4Roadies announces 2021 events with Missy Higgins, Mark Seymour and more, providing a vital reconnection of gig crews and musicians
06.04.2021

Roady4Roadies announces 2021 events with Missy Higgins, Mark Seymour and more, providing a vital reconnection of gig crews and musicians

Photo by Cybele Malinowski
WORDS BY WILL BREWSTER

Spotlighting the contributions of roadies around the country.

CrewCare announce local performers for 2021 Roady4Roadies gigs

With less than a week until it kicks off around the country, CrewCare have announced a swathe of performers to play at Roady4Roadies, a special event celebrating the contributions of the unsung heroes of the live music industry: the humble stage crew.

The key takeaways

  • Roady4Roadies is going down around the country this Sunday to celebrate the essential work performed by stage and road crew.
  • Missy Higgins, Mark Seymour, John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special and the Brian Ritchie Trio will perform as part of the event.
  • TEG Dainty, Live Nation, Chugg Entertainment and Frontier Touring have thrown their monetary support behind the event to ensure stage crew workers receive free entry to all shows.

Keep up with the latest music and tour news via our website.

This year’s edition of Roady4Roadies will go down in ten major city zones around the country, with Adelaide, Brisbane, Central Coast, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth and Sydney all taking part in the 2021 event. Townsville’s own event will also go down at the later date of Friday April 23.

The day will kick off with a leisurely 3-4km Roady4Roadies Walk before the family-friendly festivities begin, with all participants receive a free t-shirt and face mask as a memento of the day.

Each event will give roadies, stage crew and other backstage personnel a chance to connect with their colleagues, family and friends after a year of hardship for the live sector, as well as celebrating the tremendous work they do behind the scenes of all the biggest gigs around the country.

For 2021, Roady4Roadies will see a wide showcase of performing acts, with Roady4Roadies 2021 ambassador Missy Higgins locked in to team up with Hunters & Collectors’ Mark Seymour and Davey Lane from You Am I for a special Melbourne show at the Palais Theatre.

Elsewhere, Ben Ransom, John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special and Mark Callaghan and Buzz Bidstrup from GANGgajang will perform at Sydney’s Addison Road Community Centre, with other prominent performers including Spy Vs. Spy, Uncle Gilbert, Bec Lavelle, the Brian Ritchie Trio and more.

Additionally, CrewCare have announced that Chugg Entertainment, Live Nation Asia Pacific, TEG Dainty and Frontier Touring will be donating tickets to crew members and their family members who are unable to afford tickets to each event. Find out more about that here.

“We couldn’t do what we do, and artists and fans wouldn’t have great experiences together, without the invaluable team behind the scenes who just get the job done,” said Roger Field, President of Live Nation Asia-Pacific, in a statement released today.

“In the toughest time for our industry, Roady4Roadies is playing a critical role in connecting with and checking-in on crew.”

Music industry veteran Michael Chugg also threw his support behind Roady4Roadies in a statement of his own today, adding “In these hard times it’s important we support the 1000s of crew that make it happen for us while they are going through very, very hard times. Roady4Roadies is an amazing event, make sure you get there.”

Check out a full list of performing acts below. For those who wish to support the event but can’t get there physically, virtual tickets are also available to purchase, with donations going directly toward assisting stage crew members in crisis.

Roady4Roadies 2021 – Sunday April 11, 2021

ADELAIDE
Adelaide Entertainment Centre from 11:30am
Special Guests: Pigsy, Uncle Gilbert

BRISBANE
Brisbane Entertainment Centre from 10:30am
Special Guests: Bec Lavelle, Hussy Hicks, Oskar Campbell, Olivia Ruth

CENTRAL COAST
The Entrance Leagues Club from 11:00am
Special Guests: Lillye with Virginia Lillye and Welter

DARWIN
Darwin Entertainment Centre from 1:00pm
Special Guests: Caiti Baker, Serina Pech, DJ Kuya James (James Mangohig)

HOBART
The Salty Dog, Kingston Beach from 11:30am
Special Guests: Hugo Bladel, Monique Brumby, Brian Ritchie Trio, Boil Up and Jack Careless

MELBOURNE
Palais Theatre, St Kilda from 11:00am
Special Guests: Missy Higgins, Mark Seymour, Davey Lane (You Am I)
Special Guest MC: Shane Jacobson

NEWCASTLE
Lizotte’s Newcastle from 4:30pm
Special Guests: Spy v Spy, Osprey, Giant, Justin Ngariki

PERTH
The Lucky Shag from 11:00am
Special Guests: Chris Murphy, Matt Gresham + Eric Weideman (1927)

SYDNEY
Addison Road Community Centre, Marrickville from 11:30am
Special Guests: John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special, Ben Ransom, Mark Callahan & Buzz Bidstrup (GANGgajang), Ollie Bailey + Old Dog New Tricks

Friday April 23

TOWNSVILLE
Flynn’s Irish Bar from 8:00pm
Special Guest: The Godfathers of Funk

Head to Roady4Roadies to find out more and snag your tickets here.