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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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Backstage starts – 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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Big screen stars

7 August 2018

The rise of LED technology has seen screens become a ubiquitous element of concert and festival productions, both behind the artiste and either side of the stage at larger events, with specialist companies providing additional content as well as social media interaction.  Christopher Barrett reports Everyone knows that LED screens…

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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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Taking the load

9 July 2018

With event productions becoming more elaborate and with increasingly complex staging and design, rigging companies are delivering their specialist services with ever-expanding technical skills – and safety is the top priority in this high-risk sector. Claire Bicknell reports.   Operating in a sector where working safely is paramount, rigging companies…

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Manchester

9 July 2018

From John Mayall and Take That to the Gallagher brothers and The Stone Roses, Manchester has produced some of the world’s most popular artistes. And a sure sign of its community spirit is that many of them have rallied in support of the city’s recovery from the Manchester Arena bombing…

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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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Keep on trucking

4 June 2018

Trucking operators are reporting record business as huge festivals and major concert tours continue to sell well, demanding the delivery of vast amounts of equipment. This despite firms facing challenges ranging from a lack of drivers to rising fuel costs. Chris Barrett reports Using the tag-line “You Rock – We Roll!”, Edwin…

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Newcastle

4 June 2018

If there is a crisis in grassroots venues across the UK then the industry has forgotten to tell promoters in Newcastle. From new venues and festivals opening to emerging acts breaking nationally, the city is buzzing. Allan Glen reports Never let it be said that North-East promoters don’t know how…

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Backing the band

8 May 2018

As the live music industry continues to grow, with ever more festivals and stadium shows, specialists in supplying backline – the gear artistes use on stage – have been in a race to keep up with technological advances, not to mention musical trends, diversifying into other services along the way. …

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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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Belfast

7 May 2018

The biggest obstacle to artistes visiting Belfast from the mainland is the Irish Sea and then its closest competitor is Dublin two hours drive to the south, which sometimes attracts artistes that just want to do one big show on the island. Otherwise the city is buzzing, with significant investment…

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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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Always on the move

10 April 2018

Even if everything runs smoothly, the routine business of booking accommodation and flights around the world for tour groups of up to 100 or more people requires nerves of steel, 24-hour availability, as well as considerable experience and expertise. Chris Barrett reports When it comes to keeping the show on…

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Teesside

9 April 2018

It may be fate, or just the result of passion and hard work, but there is undoubtedly a renewed sense of confidence among promoters and venue operators, supported by multi-million-pound refurbishments, more shows and a plethora of local talent emerging.  Allan Glen reports If in the business of live music,…

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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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Making it count

7 March 2018

For a touring artiste, having expert accountancy advice from someone experienced in the financial complexities involved, especially when it comes to working internationally, is essential. After all, money management is what keeps the whole machine working, as Claire Bicknell reports   With touring one of the main sources of income…

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Edinburgh

6 March 2018

Whether it’s in the castle, concert halls, theatres, pubs or makeshift venues during the annual summer festival, Edinburgh moves to the sound of live music every day of the year, despite lacking an arena and venues in the large club sector.   Allan Glen reports   “Edinburgh promoters – putting the…

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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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Music to our ears

7 February 2018

With advancing technology and increasing audience expectations on sound quality, the pressure on live show audio hire companies to help their music clients deliver the best sound on stage is intense. But, the experts in this sector know what works and are on hand 24/7 to ensure it’s delivered. Claire…

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