I published a blog post last month about a wonderful series The Guardian is running titled “How to Put on a Mega-Gig,” all told from people involved in the operation. Well, the paper has updated the series with even more great stories from the front lines.
Here are the recent highlighted jobs, along with some quotes from each one.
The Production Manager
“Now, touring is the main income, which is obviously good for my business. It’s almost snowballed, in that bands have needed to play bigger venues to generate more income. The productions have had to become bigger to catch up. This has driven an industry of companies who design massive productions and have created the means of taking them down and putting them back up again very quickly.”
“Coconut water is so much easier to get than a goat.”
The Sound Engineer
“You definitely get the butterflies, and if you’re not getting them, something’s wrong. It’s an amazing buzz, when the lights go down and the music starts: for the next couple of hours, that’s your life.”
The Tour Manager
“When you’re playing Wembley Arena, the bus is parked inside the venue, so you don’t get fans outside the bus, but fans can be very creative about getting near the band.”
(Image: Lee Gwyn/Creative Commons)