South African Roadies Association (Sara) member Jerry Ngobese served an apprenticeship on a European tour with the Rolling Stones. Today he runs his own business, Jerry Blue, and stages events around the country. Live music and festivals are a booming business in SA, made possible by the technicians behind the scenes who are never lauded as much as the talent behind the microphones they set up on stage. The production of live events is an intelligence-led industry, responding to demand, feedback and circumstances. The International Live Music Conference was established by backstage wizards in 1989. Sara founder Freddie Nyathela attended the conference for a decade and was inspired to have something similar in SA. The Live Event Technical Production Conference (LETPC) was first held in 2015 in Johannesburg. "This conference was a first for Africa. It empowers industry players so they can be on a par with where the world is in terms of skills and other issues that affect the industry....

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as articles from our international business news partners; ProfileData financial data; and digital access to the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Daily.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now