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Backstage Stars – Andy Shearer

18 March 2019

A freelance music programmer, Andy Shearer has also been the creative director at Horsecross Arts, which runs Perth Concert Hall (cap. 1,650 with standing) and Perth Theatre (485) since 2004. A well-known figure to agents and promoters, he established his own booking agency, Noble Savage, three years ago, representing artistes…

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Southampton

18 March 2019

While the city has taken a knock with the collapse of Common People festival, the optimism among local promoters remains high, with new events planned and some venues reporting a record year. Some see the city as potentially rivalling Brighton for music content. Allan Glen reports While it never does…

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Show me the accounts

18 March 2019

As touring becomes an ever-more important part of a successful artiste’s career, having an expert accountant on board is absolutely essential. It’s not just the varying rates of local income tax, even across the European Union, there are sales tax issues, performance royalty calculations to watch and currency fluctuations to…

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Backstage Stars – Phil McDaniel

24 January 2019

Staring in the business as a roadie and truck driver 35 years ago, Phil McDaniel soon learned how to mix sound, although he still had to drive the truck, qualifying as an HGV driver. Then he and business partner Richard John founded PA hire and production company ESS (Entertainment Sound…

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The sound of music

23 January 2019

Good sound has always been important, but not always guaranteed in the old days. With the speed of technological advances in recent years and the growing expectations of audiences, not to mention artistes, audio hire companies have to ensure they are always ahead of the game.  Claire Bicknell reports. With…

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Leeds

23 January 2019

From the city’s largest venues to some of the smallest, there seems to be an enthusiasm for what this new year will bring, both in terms of successful events and new talent emerging though its grassroots scene. Allan Glen reports Betting on the success of a new act is, and…

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Homes from home

18 December 2018

The potential challenges of Brexit are on the minds of most tour bus operators, although a spokesman for industry body the Confederation of Passenger Transport believes a rational outcome is likely prevail after 29 March. Meanwhwile, operators interviewed all seem to be experiencing growth.  Allan Glen reports Ask any tour…

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Hull

18 December 2018

It may have been UK City of Culture status in 2017 that raised Hull’s international profile, but it’s local promoters who are taking the city’s music scene forward. With two new venues opening this year alone – and one of its longest-serving clubs hitting the headlines this month, this is…

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Backstage stars – Nancy Skipper

18 December 2018

Finding accounting in the City far from stimulating, Nancy Skipper set out to fill her life with activity and appears to have succeeded, not least by being a single parent with three kids.  She is administrator for the National Arenas Association, general manager of the European Arenas Association, co-director of…

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Backstage stars – Luke Hinton

22 November 2018

As co-founder and head booker for Juicebox Live in St Albans, Luke Hinton’s role covers proramming and promoting shows at grassroots music venues The Horn (cap. 200) in the town, The Half Moon (160) in Bishop’s Stortford and Wilkestock Festival (4,000 in Hertfordshire, which this year featured The Fratellis and…

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Cardiff

22 November 2018

A few months ago,  some would have you believe there is a crisis in Cardiff’s music scene but, as one leading promoter suggests, there’s just been some realignment in the sector and things are again thriving across mutiple venues, from stadium down to entry level. Allan Glen reports What a…

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Practice makes perfect

22 November 2018

In a sector where enterprise and ingenuity were the essentials to get started, it’s no surprise that the creators of the country’s leading rehearsal spaces saw wider potential and expanded into a host of related services and situations, as Claire Bicknell reports. Having the right ambience and added value touches…

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Backstage Stars – Rebecca Ayres

9 October 2018

As MD of Liverpool’s Sound City conference and music festival. Rebecca Ayres also has responsibility for Sound City Korea, Manchester’s Off the Record, Sounds of the Xity in China – in partnership with Modern Sky Entertainment – and the Sound City Music Entrepreneur Training programme. But it all started with Suede….

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Sheffield

9 October 2018

It’s the city whose musical eclecticism is legendary. Synth-pop, indie-rock, classic soul – you name it, Sheffield’s promoters were probably the first to put it on. Allan Glen talks to the industry figures who are aiming to take their city to the next level. Few cities in the UK can…

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Driven by demand … and technology

9 October 2018

Arguably the most dynamic sector in the business of live music, the UK’s crowded concert ticketing market is dominated by several major players. But innovative smaller operations are holding their own, thanks to emerging technology, and ambitious newcomers are always on the horizon. Christopher Barrett reports Ticketing is a huge…

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Backstage Star – Barney Hooper

19 September 2018

Back to PRS For Music after  four  years with AEG at The O2, Barney Hooper is director of marketing and communications at the performance royalty collection body. The ‘90s band Menswear and working on two spectacular concerts can be credited with his interest in the music business and his greatest…

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Lighting the way

19 September 2018

New technology, environmental issues and EU regulations are all impacting the live show lighting sector, but its leading figures and companies are adept at embracing change and are enjoying a buoyant market, as Christopher Barrett reports. Concert and festival lighting is evolving at a remarkable rate. Led by continual innovations…

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Nottingham

19 September 2018

Long gone are the days when Nottingham was best known as the city that hauled a local record store boss in front of magistrates for displaying the Sex Pistols’ album Never Mind The Bollocks. Today’s city is multi-cultural, vibrant and buzzing – with promoters and events to match. Allan Glen…

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End of the great ticket scandal?

19 September 2018

Well, not quite yet. But the shockwaves from Channel 4’s Dispatches: The Great Ticket Scandal in 2012 were the catalyst for industry figures to join campaigning Labour MP Sharon Hodgson, featured in the programme, to oppose industrial-scale and insider secondary ticketing, with the past few weeks and months witnessing a…

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Lincoln

7 August 2018

Geographically sandwiched between heavyweight music cities Sheffield and Nottingham does not make life easy for promoters and venue operators in the city, but their determination to put Lincoln on the touring map is paying off, from 20,000-capacity events down to the grassroots scene.  Allan Glen reports It’s perhaps fair to…

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