We are excited to announce the launch of CrewCare, a membership based charity established to improve all aspects of crew welfare in Australia.

The team that successfully brought you Roady4Roadies has been working in close consultation with leading industry figures and aligned organisations, collaborating with all areas of the industry for the benefit of those unseen and sometimes overlooked heroes in the music and entertainment industry… crew.

CrewCare is very proud to partner leading industry charity Support Act and will continue to raise desperately needed funds to assist crew in crisis and deliver programs for the betterment of everyone working in music and the creative arts.

CrewCare is now inviting all crewing personnel to join as voting members and have a say in the future of their industry. Drivers, Loaders, Runners, Ground Cover Crew, Scaffers, Riggers, Staging, Set & Construction, Caterers, Security, Backline, Barrier Crew, Audio, Lighting, Video, Pyro, in fact anyone involved in live entertainment production is welcome and gets to have their voice heard.

Anyone wishing to show their support is also welcomed. More information and membership can be found at

Simon Gregory BSC – Head of Sound

Backstage News had the amazing opportunity to interview the head of sound at Chicago the Musical at the Capitol Theatre Sydney.

Your education background to do this job

My first introduction to Musical theatre was, when I completed a work experience placement at a commercial, theatre through a diploma of Music Technology at my local college in the UK.  I then went on to graduate from London Guildhall University in 1998 with a degree in Musical Instrument Technology, specializing in Electronics, Acoustics and Studio Research. Alongside the studies I worked as a swing as a radio mic tech on several west ends shows including Jesus Christ Superstar and Showboat. At the completion of my degree, I accepted a job working for Disney as a Sound engineer on the Cruise Line.  In 2001 I made the move to Australia to begin work as a freelance sound engineer predominantly working for System Sound on Musical theatre projects such as Billy Elliot the Musical, We Will Rock You international tour, Chicago 2008 Tour, King Kong The Musical and more recently Matilda the Musical and School of Rock

What is the best part of being part of the Chicago Technical team 

Simon Gregory

The best part of being In the Chicago technical team is working with an exceptional team of highly qualified and dedicated people who bring their wealth of knowledge to produce this timeless show. The Highlight for me was, of course, working with the incredibly talented Julian Spink who lead the design of this System on behalf of System Sound. 

If our readers are keen to do what you do, what would be your advice? 

Education and experience is always the key, I would encourage anyone interested In a career In musical theatre too, whilst completing studies, get work bumping in shows at your local theatres and be a sponge. Many of my colleagues over the years have imparted their valuable knowledge to me and continue to do so. Also know that every day there is something more to learn, which is very important with technology evolving as quickly as it does. I would also encourage everyone to get out there and see as many events as they can, its really important to know your industry, know what is going on within it and of course support this great art form.

Capitol Theatre Sydney – Photo Trevor White

How long does it take to bump in the show at the Capitol Theatre?  

The Chicago bump-in at the Capitol theatre began on the 12th of August and took about 3 days to complete the physical install of the Sound system, to be ready to balance the orchestra and the first cast on stage session on the 4th day. This is a very busy time installing all the Cabling, speaker elements, front of the house mixing console, Stage racks, orchestral microphones and fold-back, and a complete video and communications system to allow the running of the show. This time frame is only made possible by the 3 weeks of prep performed pre-bump-in at the System Sound factory in Melbourne, where the entire system is completely built, programmed and tested as per the sound designers specifications.

More about you and your background

Outside of my professional career, I enjoy spending my time designing and constructing electronic devices and tools to aid in my work, and writing software and firmware for the same. I have quite a large experience in C and a few other programming languages which also aids in the Programming of shows as it gives a different view on how to achieve the results required by the design.

Calling all Technicians

Posted by | August 28, 2019 | Roadshow, Venue

The Ultimate touring tradeshow for audio, video, lighting and staging professionals across the AV, stalled, touring, commercial, theatres, Public spaces and venue market.

Entech Roadshow 2020 hits the road starting in Perth on the 5th March then Adelaide on the 10th March, Sydney 12th March, Melbourne 17th March and finishing up in Brisbane on the 19th March.

ENTECH started in Australia in 1994 and now tours every year as a one-day Trade Roadshow in major cities. Attendees love the compact format where exhibitors show only key or new products.
The compact and convenient local venues make ENTECH Roadshow the perfect opportunity for integrators, designers and end-users to get face time with the best suppliers and manufacturers in a vibrant one-day event.

We’ve attended Entech regularly over the past 17 years and find it a great reouces for our indsutry. Menk Nobakovic Technical Director, Novatech

Who attends ENTECH?
We reach the majority of all buyers across Australia with average spending exceeding $120,000. Every year we add more visitors as the show grows incrementally.
Buying power
Trade visiting ENTECH 2019 reported buying the power of $313.4 million, up from $223.6 million in 2018.
What you get
We freight your equipment around the country in our dedicated trucks and deliver to your stand each day. When done, you pack up and go to dinner –most exhibitors are out the door by 6.30pm. We do the rest!
We promote you
Only ENTECH gives you everything for one fixed price – there are virtually no add-ons, so you can set a budget and relax knowing your ENTECH touring days are stress-free.

If you require any further information please see