Interview with Sully Sullivan – Working Security in the Music Industry (The Vans Warped Tour, Billie Eilish)

Security Guard Sully Sullivan

Security guards can work for the venue, the artist, a tour, or even a festival. Regardless of what job you have in the music industry – you will, at some point, have to interact with security. They are there to keep everyone safe, and we would argue they are the true heroes of the music industry. Without them at the venue, everything and nothing would happen simultaneously, and chaos would ensue. Please welcome Sully to the Don’t Shit on the bus Podcast. Sully has been doing security in the music industry since before we were born. In the late 90’s he worked in hip-hop; then he was with The Vans Warped Tour from start to finish – and lately, you might have seen him on the road with Billie Eilish. That is just naming a few. The point is, he has been doing this for a long time and has a lot of good information and stories. As always, we hope you enjoy this as much as we did and hope it leads to a better understanding of what is going on in a security guard’s day when you cross paths with them at a venue.

In this episode of the Don’t Shit On The Bus podcast we will learn:

• How to work best with security at venues
• What it takes to be a security guard
• How the internet has affected security
• What it’s like working Warped Tour


(00:00) Intro
(05:50) Sully gets on the bus
(06:31) How Sully got started working in security
(03:38) Qualifications to work with Sully
(11:50) The levels of security on tour
(17:58) Security and Photographers relationship
(22:10) Security is there to keep you safe
(25:31) Risks Sully looks out for on the job
(30:49) Different types of security for different artists
(32:19) Venues damaging themselves
(34:12) How security has changed because of the internet
(37:06) The importance of rules
(44:19) What touring will look like post covid
(46:50) Tips on how to help security
(56:30) Just here for the music
(1:01:42) Wrap up notes
(1:02:34) Shower Shoes

Sully – Guest

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