Roadie has his hands full with Bruce Springsteen show

Setting up for a Bruce Springsteen show at Hanging Rock is no picnic.

Peter Pollard gets to the show before people figure out how they’re getting there.

And he stays longer than anyone else.

Peter and his crew of hundreds are in charge of putting up the stage on which Bruce Springsteen will play.

“I don’t leave from the time (construction) starts,” he said.

Mr Pollard has been in the industry since 1979, working with both local and international acts.

He said Dire Straits was one of the best tours he had worked on. But Hanging Rock is special.

“After Leonard Cohen and Rod Stewart, Michael got Bruce Springsteen. I don’t know how he’s going to top that,” Mr Pollard said.

“We have essentially taken a sheep paddock and turned it into a little city.

“There was no infrastructure when we started.”

Mr Pollard said that with The Boss’s band being much bigger than previous Hanging Rock shows, the stage was twice the size.

Between 10 and 15 contractors work at the site, each with either a small team of five or six or a large team of almost 100.

On the day of the shows, 500 staff will work across the site.

BUSY: Bruce Springsteen’s Hanging Rock shows are in Peter Pollard’s capable hands.  Picture: PETER WEAVING

BUSY: Bruce Springsteen’s Hanging Rock shows are in Peter Pollard’s capable hands. Picture: PETER WEAVING