The rider is the part of the contract between the performer and the promoter which outlines all the thinks the promoter must provide before, during and after the show. It can be as mundane as the number of electricians required and the times at which the crew must be fed to what the performer(s) want in their dressing rooms. It’s this last bit where things often get very interesting.
There’s a new book coming November 14 called Excess All Areas: A Lighthearted Look at the Demands and Idiosyncrasies of Rock Icons on Tour by Susan Richmond which details (among other things) some of the crazy requests artists have made. Examples:
- Directions to the nearest stream so the artist can go swimming.
- Socks and boxer shorts.
- Bacon for every meal.
- A snooker table.
- A supply of oxygen.
Read more about what the book will feature at The Independent.