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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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Coventry

24 July 2019

With a stadium. arena, theatres, clubs and festivals, not to mention being UK City of Culture in 2021, Coventry is fast becoming the music city its promoters know it can be and there’s a growing a sense of optimism and anticipation at all levels. Allan Glen reports. With its year-long…

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Carrying a heavy load

24 July 2019

As the imagination and aspirations of artistes and their set designers seek ever-more impressive productions, the consequences quickly impact on the country’s leading rigging companies, who have to undertake some very serious calculations and then make it happen. Claire Bicknell reports Operating safely is a staple element of the live…

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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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Bristol

25 June 2019

From club gigs to outdoor events and stadium shows Bristol remains one of the south west’s most vibrant cities for live music. Even the temporary closure of two venues can’t dampen local promoters’ enthusiasm, and there’s even an arena in the pipeline. Allan Glen reports  It may still be waiting…

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Trucking all over the place

25 June 2019

Few people wonder how all that stage gear turns-up for a concert, let alone the hundreds of tons of equipment at major festival sites or stadium shows. But fortunately, pioneered by the owner of a former bread delivery firm in the ‘70s, the UK is home to many of the…

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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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The backup specialists

20 May 2019

It may have started with the simple hire of a few amps, speaker cabinets and an old drum kit, but those now engaged in the hire of backline equipment have generally expanded the services they offer far beyond stage gear and the leading companies say they have never been busier….

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Leicester

20 May 2019

While there have been no stadium events in Leicester since Kasabian played Leicester City’s ground in 2016, promoters have been quietly working together to build a vibrant music scene and compete with its more dominant neighbours Birmingham and Nottingham. And they all speak of a hoist of new talent emerging. …

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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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The sincerest form of flattery

12 April 2019

Oscar Wilde who coined that immortal line “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”, and the evolution of the tribute sector over recent years to theatres and even arenas – helping to sustaining many venues large and small along the way – proves it’s now part of the mainstream live…

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Birmingham

12 April 2019

Although widely known as the home of rock, Birmingham has also produced acts as diverse as Duran Duran, and UB40. So with investment pouring into live music in the  area, what next for Britain’s second largest city? Allan Glen reports Even for a city the size of Birmingham, when a…

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Anywhere, any place, any time

12 April 2019

Whether it’s for larger scale tour groups of 100 people or more or smaller productions, travel arrangements need an expert in control, as disruptions need to be addressed instantly or shows can be lost, with significant cost implications. Thankfully the UK has some of the most experienced live show touring…

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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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