Get in the van! Careers in the live sector
From tour management to guitar tech. From front of house engineer to roadie. This panel of globally-recognised Irish professionals will lay out their careers to date and show how to make a start in developing a career in same.
Leif B is a guitar technician who got his first real gig in 1995 when Ash played Glastonbury. Since then he’s worked for a bunch of different acts including Leonard Cohen, James Blunt, Sigur Ros, Bloc Party, Richard Ashcroft, The Libertines, and helped hundreds of small acts/artists with their equipment. Now running his own repair workshop in Belfast, he has all but hung up his road gear, but dabbles in touring occasionally to see what’s new on the road.
Originally from Bangor, Lee has worked in the music industry for almost a decade as a Tour Manager for both emerging and established artists, such as Foy Vance, Bears Den, Passenger and Miranda Sings. He has navigated various venues, locations and festivals across the world and worked on high profile tours with artists like Ed Sheeran and Elton John.
In 2017 he launched a new part of the Sort Touring business in Liverpool with the aim of providing a touring hub for the city. Sort Rehearsal Rooms is fast becoming the go to space for local and touring artists, providing rehearsal spaces, gear storage, splitter hire, backline hire, tour bus parking, guitar repairs and a recording studio.
With a focus on developing artists and building a community in Liverpool, Sort exists to help musicians thrive.
Lee is a freelance audio engineer, primarily working as a front-of-house, monitor engineer and audio system technician on concert tours and festivals. Growing up in County Down, Lee started as a musician at age 9 playing piano, guitar and drums. As a young drummer playing in bands, Lee was always interested in the elements that created a live show which lead to him studying Sound Technology at the prestigious Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Since going freelance in 2012, he has worked with hundreds of artists in various capacities including Pale Waves, And So I Watch You From Afar, Dry the River, The Cranberries, Louis Berry, Biffy Clyro and Pete Tong's Ibiza Classics tour.
Alastair started as a sound engineer with the late Mudd Wallace at Homestead Studios in 1990 and within 8 years had worked his way up from assistant engineer to co-director of Windmill Lane studios in Dublin. His recording career has included multiple Grammy award wining albums with artists such as The Rolling Stones and Clannad and he was a core part of the original Riverdance studio recording team. In 2009 he moved into live touring when he became monitor engineer for U2. His first tour with them, 360, remains the highest grossing tour of all time playing 111 shows to an audience of 7.2 million people. He has been with U2 on every tour since then as well as a huge variety of special events and broadcasts including The Oscars, The Grammys, SNL, Letterman and The Tonight Show. Other tours include the Michael Jackson Immortal world tour as well as Katie Melua, The Chieftains and Van Morrison.