WILM Newsletter #23

# 23

Welcome to the 23rd Newsletter!

The busy summer season is drawing to a close so let’s take a look at what we’ve been up to since June and what we’ve got planned for the rest of the year!
We are as always super grateful to our members for sending us a postcard letting us know what they are up to! 💌
You can send us a postcard via email or our Facebook Group!

In June we got this lovely postcard from Abi Baker.
Abi writes: “Sending love from Sandy Park after Party on The Pitch. Here we have Artist Liaison, Stage Crew, Site Office and Venue Liaison. Not pictured is legend Beth from the Power Team and Hannah from Video.
We’ve been looking after Ronan Keating, Rick Astley, Gabrielle, Soul II Soul, Corinne Bailey Ray, Will Young, Blue, East 17, Lottery Winners, The Coral and Lucy Spraggan. So good to work with an epic team of women.”

WILM Crewlist

Want to make sure that we see more diversity in the industry? Do you know of a company or artist who is looking to diversify their team? Send them to our Crewlist!
Our Crewlist features professional women from all over Europe in various roles within the live music industry.
“Since joining WILM I have been contacted several times through the Crewlist, without it I wouldn’t have gotten the opportunity to work at The Southbank Centre in London, one of my favourite venues!” – Olive, Sound Engineer.

You can sign up for the Crewlist here!

It costs €20 annually and includes free access to all WILM’s events as well as discounts for selected partners. And most importantly: You will support our work for a more diverse backstage.

Our Crewlist has helped many women find work. If it has helped you, let us know!

What we’ve been up to since our last newsletter:

STEM-day in association with Shure, UK

Lessons in audio at the wonderful facilities of The Rose Shure Centre in London

We were thrilled to be represented by two members from the WILM team at The Rose Shure Centre for their STEM-day back in June. WILM teamed up with the staff from Shure UK and around 60 school children got to learn ‘everything there is to know about audio’, explaining how you mix live sound and what a day on the road looks like.
We were blown away at how bright these kids were – and hopefully we inspired some of them (especially the girls) to pursue a career in audio. Thank you to Shure for introducing us to the next generation!

Walk & Talk with Harry Styles ‘Love On Tour’, London – June

WILM members with Stage Manager Duncan Ladkin outside Wembley Stadium

Back in June on a wonderfully hot sunny day, we were very lucky to be able to take our members to Wembley Stadium for a production tour of Harry Styles “Love On Tour” show.
Stage Managers, Jack Dunnet and Duncan Ladkin led the event, giving attendees an overview of the production which included sound, lighting, video, set and much more.
There was so much to see and learn, and so many of the production team that wanted to talk to us that the event ended up running for a lot longer than expected. What an incredibly memorable and inspiring day! Thank you to Jack, Duncan and the rest of the Harry Styles team for having us.

Walk & Talk with Guns N’ Roses, Glasgow – June

WILM members enjoying the Walk & Talk on a rainy day in Glasgow

Also in June we had the pleasure of visiting the US/UK crew from Guns N’ ’Roses. It reminded us again of how precious these Walk & Talk’s are when touring veterans meet upcoming crew members. It’s not often that you get to hear insights about the touring world from legends like ‘Opie’, TJ, Will and Mike – who spoke about how first impressions are so important, because no matter who you meet, you will meet the same people over and over again. And how giving people a call sometimes works better than an email and could end up saving time.
We loved meeting Jo from the lighting department: Jo was a great communicator and had a very encouraging and inspiring attitude. Her closing remark was: ‘They laughed at me at school, but look at me now!’ 💚
Thank you to the incredible crew behind Guns N’ Roses. We appreciate you taking the time to give our members some valuable insight into your touring world!

Jo – lighting tech from the GNR crew gives us an introduction to ‘dimmer world’ underneath the stage

Workshop on Event IT, Copenhagen – July

Intro to Luminex

What an amazing and informative workshop in Event IT we had at Gobo, Denmark with Gobo’s very own Jens Holm Larsen in July.
No more doubt about which-where-what-why IP addresses to use, as well as which network cables to use. Not least to mention the valuable lesson that a switch is not just a switch, and you can’t just plug in whatever you fancy without giving it some thought.
The day was nicely rounded up with a BBQ in the sunny weather with some interesting talks around the table.
Thank you so much
Gobo A/S for having us – we are looking forward to another workshop with you soon!

Outside Gobo HQ

Walk & Talk with Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘Unlimited Love’ Tour, London – July

WILM members in Tottenham Stadium during the RHCP show build

Another production tour! This time at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. This event was unique in that our members got to experience the build before a stadium show where all the trucks were being unloaded and witness the start of the rigging process.
Our members gained detailed insight from FOH tech Andrew about the mix of analogue and digital audio systems that makes up the RHCP’s amazing FOH sound, and Leif Dixon gave us the rundown of the video systems which include a ginormous LED screen that covers the stage.
A huge thanks to Production Coordinator Luke Bell and Production Manager Narci Martinez for accommodating us, and all of the team who showed us around their departments.

Instagram Takeovers

If you would like to take over our Instagram – whether you are a backliner, stage manager, touring truck driver, catering or tour manager etc! – please reach out to us via mail: info@womeninlivemusic.eu ✉️

Our Instagram Takeovers are back!
We believe the best way to describe our job behind the stage is to actually take you there! Last summer we started an “Instagram Takeover” with a couple of selected crew members that took us to their workspace and showed us around by videoing themselves in their workspace talking about what they do.
This year we have continued with the Takeovers, firstly going all the way to Pula in Croatia to prepare for Robbie Williams’ show with video technician May Coughlan, and then to laser zoning for the Sam Smith World Tour with laserist Abby Shum. We have many more cool stories about to follow such as: Malle Kaas, audio tech on tour with the Pretenders and Karima Kingsley, monitor engineer for Wet Leg, live from Reading Festival!
Make sure you follow us on Instagram and keep up with all the adventures these amazing women have prepared for us! And remember, you can do it, if you put your mind to it! 💪

Upcoming Events:

🇬🇧 Sep. 3rd – 5th: PLASA, London

Once again we are at PLASA in London!
This time together with our good friends from Production Futures at stand #A5 so come and find us!
During the 3-day exhibition we will be hosting panels and networking sessions as well as putting on micro-workshops in Audio and Lighting. Please check out our social media for up-to-date info on our activities.Whether you are a tech or not there is plenty to experience at London Olympia!
5,000+ visitors, 239 brands, 68 seminars, 44 training + demo sessions….and us!
You can register for free for all show days here

WILM Founders Hannah & Malle at PLASA 2018, London

🇬🇧 Sep. 6th: Tour Management Workshop in association with Patchwork, UK

We are happy to announce our first workshop in tour management with our friends at Patchwork London.
Together we will be looking at some of the more important perspectives of tour management, such as riders, budgeting, advancing, contracts and road managing.
We will be discussing genuine case studies and going over important details of the job.
This event sold out quickly but we are hoping to repeat it in the future.

🇸🇪 Sep. 21st: MA3 workshop @GOBO – Stockholm, Sweden

In July we were hoping to do a MA3 workshop, but unfortunately we had to postpone. We are now delighted to announce that the first WILM MA3 workshop will be held on the 21st September in association with GOBO!
Senior Lighting supervisor at the Royal Opera House. Kamilla Bjellsäter will be our tutor for the day, and we reckon that this workshop will sell out quickly. Keep an eye on WILM’s social media for the event announcement and ticket release.

🇬🇧 Sep. 28th: Production Futures ON TOUR – Wakefield, UK

Production Futures is the largest organisation within the UK who creates opportunities for young people to learn, train, network and develop careers in production across all aspects of live events, music, festivals, touring, theatre, TV and film.
Join WILM at Production Park in Wakefield, where we will participate in the revealing of this year’s Breakthrough Talent Awards and meet many other stakeholders from the event sector. All the right people to meet, as an upcoming crewmember, it’s bound to be a great show!
(Production Park is famous for hosting some of the largest touring productions worldwide like U2, Beyonce etc!)
You can register for free here.

🇸🇪 Oct. 24th: Intersonic Seminars – Stockholm, Sweden

Intersonic Forum is the first one-day tradeshow for the AV industry that is being held in Sweden.
Intersonic AB are managing a whole day with interesting lecturers and training sessions as well as presenting the 70+ different tech brands that Intersonic are a distributor for. This packed day of seminars will be held in the scenic atmosphere at Alviks Strand Conference. Come and join us! You can register for free here.

And don’t forget: The nomination round for The WILMA’s 2023 begins Nov. 🎆🏆