National Acts often require more to preform; hence, higher pricing amoung other requests. Here are a few things to remember when booking your entertainer(s).
In theater (and musical performance), a rider is a set of requests or demands that a performer will set as criteria for performance.
The hospitality rider is a list of requests for the
comfort of the artist on the day of the show.
Sometimes this document is provided along with the
technical rider; other times, it is provided much
closer to the performance date. Some common requests
•Particular beverages (sometimes alcoholic)
•Transportation and hotels
•A runner (person or persons hired to act as personal shopper for band and crew needs and as personal driver for band and crew needs.)
•A number of 'comp. tickets' or guest lists (free tickets for friends and family)
•Security and/or locking rooms.
A document which is sometimes separate is provided in advance for a show, defining the types of equipment to be used, the staff to be provided, and various business arrangements.
Typical requests are:
•PA system, generally terms such as 'a professional quality 3 or 4 way active system', frequency response (e.g., 20 Hz-22 kHz) and power (either in wattage or dB SPL) are also common.
•Sound desk - it is normal for engineers to specify a list of preferred desks and also minimum requirements (such as number of channels) from other desks as a backup. Requests for recording equipment or feeds for recording are sometimes included here.
•Outboard - the number and quality of gates, compressors and effects units required. •Channel/input list - a list of the instruments being used, including preferred microphones and inserts. •Monitor requirements - often included alongside the channel list, detailing the number of wedges and mixes required, a section similar to the front of house requirements detailing the need for monitor desk, graphic EQs and other outboard. If a monitor engineer is to be provided by the house it is generally requested here.
•If large amounts of equipment are being toured in (such as the PA system) then power requirements are likely to be stated here.
•Depending on the size of the production this can vary between 'provide a front wash and x kW of back lighting' to specific lighting plots of equipment the venue should provide (along with house lighting technicians) to power requirements and truss weightings when the entire lighting system is provided by the touring production.
•Some bands will not tour full backline due to the expense of transport (generally if playing a few in-house produced gigs in each country/area) and may have the venue provide some to all of it. Larger items like amps, cabs and drums are more likely to be requested than guitars which many musicians treat more personally.
•Risers - a riser is a raised area of stage, the size and positioning of risers for musicians (such as drum risers) are specified here.
•Crew - productions will specify the amount of local crew the venue should provide as well as any techs (Wikipedia reference).