Mark Laidler

Mark Laidler
10 Bands

Mark Laidler was born on the 21st of October 1957

A short history on Mark Laidler and little BIG Rigs PA & Lighting Hire


After leaving The Undecided? in late 1984 where he had already built his first PA that the band was using, a friend asked if he still had the PA and would he hire it to his band.


Mark’s first gig was on the 12th January 1985 hiring his rig out to his friend Mark Mulligan's band Finger Guns. Mark enjoyed that experience (and got paid - unlike the band members), so he decided this might be a venture worth pursuing ... PA Hire!!


At first it was known as Mark's PA Hire which he advertised in On The Street magazine, now known as The Drum. Mark started to get some bookings and he was on his way. After a couple of years of ads, bookings also came through word of mouth and sharing the phone numbers of a community of PA owner operators like himself. Like many PA owner operators, Mark mainly worked weekends (Friday to Sunday nights), rarely weeknights because of the work commitments of a full time job as well.


Over time the rig was upgraded and named little BIG Rigs PA Hire. Much later Mark learned that Little BIG Rig was a name also used by an owner operator in Tamworth. But it didn’t seem to cause problems for either business.


little BIG Rigs PA Hire continued as a one man activity until 1993 when Mark decided to add a light show to the rig instead of static lights. This meant he needed a lighting operator to run the light show; enter Greg Morris. For the next 7 years little BIG Rigs PA & Lighting Hire was booked regularly with over 600 gigs during this period. Mark and Greg have known each other since before they were born! Their mothers were friends and pregnant at the same time, the boys attended the same school and became close friends. So they worked very well together as a team and had lots of laughs on the way.


In mid 2000 Greg decided he missed being in a band and wanted to get back into playing again. Instead of getting another lighting operator Mark went it alone again.


After over 2500 gigs including about 500 at a Sunday residency at Clovelly Hotel for over 11 years, Mark decided to hang up his headphones. Although he had started to sell the rig in February 2009, his last gig was on the 5th June 2009, working once again for a friend’s band at St George Leagues Club. Not long after that gig Mark developed a herniated disc, which has since mostly recovered. Perhaps all those years of lugging heavy equipment finally took its toll.


During his 24 years he worked with several hundred bands at a few hundred venues. From garage bands to regularly working covers bands, most of the bands were people who played for the love of it and Mark enjoyed that very much. Every now and then Mark worked with artists and ex-members of bands that were well known in Australia including Eurogliders, The Cockroaches, Jimmy and the Boys, 1927, Mondo Rock, Chain, Moving Pictures and some very talented Australian country artists like Darren Coggan and Felicity Urquhart.


But Mark did form good relationships with some hardworking Sydney bands like Rockfish/Superfish, Jellybean Jam, Shooga Katz, Tongue’n’Groove, Baby Loves To Cha Cha and Broken Watch Band doing hundreds of gigs with most of those bands. Here are a few more bands he spent time with over the years:


80s Flashback



Ant Hill Mob

Az One

Baby Loves To Cha Cha

Band to the Bone

Bang Shang A Lang

Big Big Band

Big Radio Dynamite

Big Toy


Brass Razoo

Bringing Home The Bacon

Broken Watch Band

Brother Slam

Buddy's Back Show

Busta Groove


Cheezy Beats

Clearance Creedwater Revival

Cocker Down Under

Cool Runnings

Countdown Explosion

Dance Hikers

Dave’s Band

Enormous Horns

Fargone Beauties

Feral Swing Katz

Finger Guns

Frankie Valentyne Allstars

Fun Factory

Get it, Got it, Good


Groove Jet

Heavy Petals

Heroes From Heaven



J O’K Show

Jamie Wilson Band

Jellybean Jam

John Field Band

JOK Show



Kiss Me Pink


Le Club Nerd

Lucy Means Business

Mad Cow

Mad Gorilla

Mango Tango


Mighty Heroes

Mustard Club

New Kids in Town

Nightmare in Vegas

Party Central

Party Pigs

Peppermint Jam

Phil Hollywood Rock Review

Picture Red

Rebecca Johnson Band




Santana Show


Sax Appeal

Secret Lives

Seven Day Weekend

Shire Straits

Shooga Katz

Shy Guys

Sisters in the Dark

Sunday Bloody Sunday


Syd Harbour and the Ferries

Talk It Up

Tezza & the Twistops

That's Right!

The Creepers

The Flames

The Flood

The King in Concert

The Persuaders

The Police Show

The Pump

The Reasons Why

The Shadz

The Zeroes


Two Tribe


Ugly Little Combo

Vicious But Fair



Yesterday's Heroes

Mark Laidler is known to have been a member of 10 bands


Lead Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards 1973 - 1973

The Fringe
The Fringe

Lead Vocals/Guitar 1980 - 1982

The Undecided?
The Undecided?

Lead Vocals/Guitar 1983 - 1984

Original Crossing

Guitar/Vocals 1984 - 1984

The Funkees
The Funkees

Lead Vocals/Guitar 1987 - 1989

Finger Guns
Finger Guns

Guitar/Vocals 1987 - 1989

Big Palooka
Big Palooka

Lead Vocals/Guitar 1995 - 1996

Average Wedding Band
Average Wedding Band

Lead Vocals/Guitar 1999 - 2001


Lead Vocals/Guitar 2006 - 2006

2's Plenty!!
2's Plenty!!

Lead Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards/Bass 2010 -