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Backstage Star – Jon Wood

10 March 2020

Having worked as a tour manager and van driver, huped equipment about and played in bands, Jon Wood founded Ooosh Tours in Brighton 11 years ago. The company, which now has six full-timae staff, supplies transport, backline and rehearsal studios, along with a host of back-up services, for artistes and…

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Backstage Star – Sarah Phillips

14 February 2020

As CEO of the 4,000-capacity Plymouth Pavilions – the south-west’s largest concert hall – since 2018 Sarah Phillips’ responsibilities range from programming to overseeing the venue’s expanding ticketing operation The Ticket Store. Having a career in marketing across Europe and the Far East before joining the Pavilions 16 years ago,…

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Backstage Star – Tim Thornhill

16 January 2020

As director of the entertainment and sport division at insurance broker Tysers (formerly known as Integro Entertainment & Sport), Tim Thornhill is responsible for sales and marketing strategy, mergers and acquisitions, as well as building the team. One particular focus in recent years has been adapting cover to cope with…

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Backstage Star – Amy Field

6 December 2019

As senior events and sponsorship manager at PRS for Music, Amy Field – winner of the Backstage Star award at this year’s Live Music Business Awards – is responsible for over 200 events and sponsorship activations each year. She organises PRS’s involvement at festivals such as Glastonbury, The Great Escape…

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Backstage Stars – Dan Harris

18 November 2019

As general manager at ASM Global, Dan Harris is responsible for Hull’s Bonus Arena (cap. 3,500), and The Baths Hall (1,800) and The Plowright Theatre (354) in Scunthorpe. With a new multi-functional hybrid design, the Bonus Arena has hosted concerts with  The Courteeners, Stereophonics and Catfish & The Bottlemen since…

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Backstage Stars – Ant Forbes

25 September 2019

Having toured extensively with artistes such as Guns N’Roses, Oasis, Elbow and The 1975 in earlier years, Ant Forbes srill likes to keep his hand in with the occasioinal touring escapade. That’s alongside running Production Park’s rehearsal studio The Mill in south-west London, where clients include Phil Collins, Royal Blood,…

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Backstage Star – Charlotte Harris

27 August 2019

Charlotte Harris is a third-generation partner at Harris & Trotter, one of the UK’s leading firms of accountants to the music industry. The firm has been running for almost 80 years and has worked on tours with Two Door Cinema Club, Years & Years and Lewis Capaldi. Harris is personally…

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Backstage Stars – Gary Lulham

24 July 2019

Starting as a bar manager in 2007, securing a promotion and weathering a couple of ownership changes, Gary Lulham found himself taking over Swansea’s 700-capacity Sin City in 20155 to save it from closure. He is now MD of the city-centre venue, and describes his role “a labour of love”….

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Backstage Stars – Jacqueline Elder

25 June 2019

Jacqueline Elder is the team manager for live entertainment at Glasgow’s Scottish Event Campus, which includes The SSE Hydro (cap. 13,000), and is responsible for overseeing event delivery operations within the Campus.  She has worked on concerts with Beyoncé and Take That, and events such as the MTV Awards. What are…

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Backstage Stars – David Barrow

20 May 2019

David Barrow has been running DB Event Services since 2001 and is probably the only promoter who specialises in staging events in forests, but that’s because he has helped Forestry England make wider use of its estate. It started with concerts at four forests and an overall capacity of 40,000,…

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Backstage Stars – Waithera ‘Wai’ Mundia

12 April 2019

Perhaps one of the reasons Wai Mundia won Unsung Hero at last year’s Live Music Business Awards is because she holds down three roles at venue owner, festival organiser and promoter DHP Family. She is PA to DHP owner George Akins, head of concert assistants and works on concerts herself,…

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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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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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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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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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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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Backstage Stars – Sharon McCrea

7 August 2018

Event booking and development manager at The SSE Arena Belfast (cap. 10,800) Sharon McCrea has come a long way from working shop tills to fund her vinyl record collection. She now plays an instrumental role bringing acts including Kylie Minogue, Iron Maiden and U2 to Northern Ireland’s capital. What are…

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Backstage Stars – Steve Galeazzi

9 July 2018

These days he does what he light-heartedly describes as the “boring stuff”, but Steve Galeazzi’s role in his own company, Industrial Strength Media (ISM), and as a director of the Alan Cottam Agency, is what holds it all together – the logistics behind tours, including contracts, equipment, flights, hotels, tour…

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Backstage Stars – Alan Jones

4 June 2018

With more than 40 years in the music industry Alan Jones has experience as a musician, artiste manager, venue owner and independent promoter. He continues to promote shows across Wales and has ambitions to tour the world with his latest project.   What are your first live music memories? “Growing…

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