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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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Backstage Stars – Angie Becker

8 May 2018

Joining promoter Kennedy Street Enterprises straight out of college, tour manager Angie Becker is now approaching 40 years with the company. Along the way she has filled various roles and worked with acts including ABBA, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, the Rolling Stones and Queen.   What are your first live…

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Backstage Stars – Paul Reed

26 April 2018

After growing up in the Britpop era Paul Reed began promoting shows in Newcastle with acts such as of The Futureheads and Maximo Park, before moving into artiste liaison at festivals and working for events companies. He is chief executive of the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), which is now…

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Backstage Star – Jess Kinn

11 March 2018

Inspired by her family – her grandfather founded NME in 1952 and her Dad has an enviable vinyl collection – Jess Kinn knew she was destined for a career in music. Having dabbled with DJ-ing she started out at The Leighton Pope Organisation, before making her way through the ranks…

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Backstage Stars – Mikey Jonns

11 February 2018

After running a marathon following a two-day bender with Kasabian, it’s no surprise emerging bands want Mikey Jonns in their corner. The director of This Feeling – the promoter, club night and fanzine – runs stages for upcoming acts at some of the UK’s biggest music events and has aspirations…

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Backstage Stars – Alison Young

30 January 2018

From working as a classical singer performing across Europe and on national radio, Alison Young found her way into programming and venue management. She is currently head of programming and producing at The Stables Theatre in Milton Keynes, promoting shows by acts including Gregory Porter, Alison Moyet and The Shires….

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Backstage Stars – Conal Dodds

11 December 2017

After ruling out a career in manual labour, Conal Dodds went on to co-promote one of the Britpop era’s defining events – two sell-out, 125,000-capacity Oasis shows at Knebworth in 1996. Having left Metropolis Music last year he set up Crosstown Concerts with Paul Hutton and businessman Fraser Duffin, promoting shows…

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Backstage Stars – Danielle Kennedy-Clark

7 November 2017

After beginning a career in the health and fitness industry, Danielle Kennedy-Clark moved into live events – a love of which was first sparked attending a Michael Jackson concert. She is now operations director at The O2, which is currently hosting shows by acts such as Ed Sheeran, Mariah Carey,…

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Backstage Stars – Mike Hamblett

9 October 2017

While training as a mechanical engineer Mike Hamblett discovered a love of live music visiting local venues. His experiences led him to open Robin 1 in Dudley, where many of his heroes ended up performing. He now owns and runs 700-capacity The Robin 2 in Wolverhampton, overseeing everything from booking…

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