The Absurd Logistics of Concert Tours

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Writing by Sam Denby and Tristan Purdy
Editing by Alexander Williard
Animation led by Josh Sherrington
Sound by Graham Haerther
Thumbnail by Simon Buckmaster



  1. I used to do AV freelance and boyy does the video of them setting up truss just make me squirm.

  2. do one for music festivals.

  3. Having worked in touring for large artists in multiple positions….this video is incredibly detailed and accurate.
    Only exception is the soundcheck portion. Most large A-level artists don’t do soundchecks. This is handled by all the backline techs and they run through parts of the show. The artist doesn’t show up until just before the show to do wardrobe and walk right onto stage.

  4. this was fascinating. I have thought about this issue and always assumed there were two sets of stages, lights etc and were alternated between shows to give enough time to build and take down.

  5. Having just seen Rammstein in San Antonio this past weekend, this video was timed perfectly. I’m no slouch for shows and I’ve seen Rammstein many times before. But this stage was massive..

  6. I’m a local up rigger. Not many folks understand just how much work goes into shows. Thanks for sharing.

  7. As someone who’s worked in this industry it’s entirely true. What a wild ride it is.

  8. Holy cow Google Earth 3D has gotten good

  9. I’ve worked as a stagehand for 5 years now and they never feed us …. there are usually a ton of options nearby tho lol

  10. subpar nature documentary unexpert commentary

    it’s impressive how many jobs these tours can support! hopefully they get back to prepandemic levels of employment

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