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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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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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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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