Your “backstage ticket” comes with a lot of responsibility.
A level of security coincides with each level of access. Satins, peel-n-sticks, guests, VIP, working, local, can have limited access, but not the All Access pass. These passes are entrusted to the closest of personnel, who deal directly with the artist(s). In most cases, a person carrying an AA pass has the ability to escort guests with limited access into areas they could not go without an AA pass. This escort privilege often comes from an agreement between the Tour Manager and the Artist(s). It also has to be relayed to local venue security. A printed sheet with copies of pass options, and access levels, are a common way local security enforces the artist’s production requests.
The tour industry is getting smarter. In festival shows there’s a new “stage only” pass, and it is very needed. This keeps certain label, management, agent types on the sidelines, and not near the live show action. A lot of people are attracted to the live show experience, and will work any channel to get backstage. Show days are very important, so be careful who gets near an area that is unfamiliar to their expertise. They are most likely their to party, not work. Remember, they work in cubicles, and a concert is their way to decompress. Backstage is meant for partying, but only for those who work backstage.