If you’re familiar with the goings-on behind the scenes at concerts, you may have heard about something known as the “contract rider.” This is part of the contract between a promoter and the band that lists what will be provided to the band backstage before, during and after any given performance at any given venue. It usually involves things like food and beer but sometimes extends to things to furniture requirements for the dressing room, clean underwear or the infamous bowl of M&Ms with all the brown ones taken out.
But this is one of my all-time favourites. When they played the Exit Festival in Serbia in 2005, a Finnish band called Apocalyptica asked that the current Miss Serbia and all the runners-up in the pageant be present. Why? Not sure–and no, they couldn’t be provided.