Live Music Events
Live Music Broadcast &
Radio Production Management
I am an accomplished professional with 28 years of experience at the BBC. I am now returning to the live music and events industry following a short career break, which enabled me to pursue my passions for scuba diving and underwater photography.
I was a senior member of the BBC team responsible for bringing iconic live music events such as The Biggest Weekend and Glastonbury Festival to international audiences, and for delivering premier live music productions like Radio 1 Live Lounge and BBC Introducing sessions.
I have a proven track record in developing exciting new live music concepts, such as the 6 Music Live Room and the 6 Music Festival.
I am looking forward to novel challenges as I rejoin the industry in the midst of unprecedented change.
LIVE MUSIC EVENTS
- Conceiving and developing live music events to meet strategic aims
- Delivery of events within specification, time frame and budget
- Fostering creative relationships with artists and industry
- Managing stakeholders and suppliers
- Event project management
LIVE MUSIC BROADCAST
- Bringing exciting musical events and studio performances to audiences
- Planning coverage aligned with aims of artist, event and media channel
- Creating high quality audio-visual content across media platforms
- Managing rights and all production-related business matters
RADIO PRODUCTION MANAGMENT
- Executive production for Radio 2 and 6 Music across a wide range of activities
- Supplying expert consultancy on live music and events to senior leadership
- Providing editorial guidance to production areas
- Leading and developing creative teams
BBC Live Music and Broadcasting
2013-2019 Live Music Broadcast Manager, BBC Live Music and Events Team
2009-2013 Exec Producer, Live Music and Events, BBC 6 Music and Radio 2
2001-2009 Live Music & Event Producer, BBC 6 Music
1997-2001 Live Music & Event Producer, BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2
1995-1997 Programme Manager, BBC Radio
1992-1995 Live Music Recording Engineer, BBC Radio
1990-1992 Television Project Engineer
2011 Development Producer, ABC triple j
2016 Visual Producer, BBC Proms
2019-2020 Underwater Photographer, Uber Scuba Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
For more detail on each of these roles, please visit my LinkedIn profile
I am about to start a two-year remote study course for a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism, at the London School of Journalism.
I have a Bachelor Degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, (upper-second class with honours), from the University of Leeds.
I gained A-levels in Physics, Maths and Chemistry (all grade A), at Weston Favell Upper School.
A FOCUS ON FOUR EVENTS
THE BBC’S BIGGEST WEEKEND
The BBC’s Biggest Weekend was a one-off music festival in 2018, staged across four sites around the UK. It took place over four days, with all four sites in operation simultaneously and more than 175,000 tickets available to the public.
I led the production of the live music audio for broadcast on all media platforms. I successfully delivered to air more than one hundred artists playing across nine different stages, ranging from Taylor Swift to Courtney Barnett, and from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra to Underworld.
This was the biggest live music event ever staged by the BBC, and allowed me to prove my organisational abilities on a project of grand scale.
BBC 6 MUSIC LIVE AT THE SOUTHBANK
In March 2012 BBC 6 Music celebrated its tenth birthday, and I developed and produced a live music event to mark the occasion.
The one-night event at London’s Southbank Centre comprised two separate music performance areas, headlined by Public Image Limited and Laura Marling, with continuous DJ sets by 6 Music presenters in a connecting space.
I was responsible for artist bookings and negotiations, managing relationships with the Southbank Centre and stakeholders across the BBC, and coordinating on-air promotion and ticket sales. I scheduled the stages, oversaw advance production communications with artists, and created the broadcast plan. I took overall responsibility for event risk management from build to breakdown, and oversaw venue operations on the day.
6 Music Live at the Southbank was a great success, with tickets selling out within hours of going on sale and audience acclaim after the event. It became the blueprint for the 6 Music Festival, which began the following year and which continues to this day.
This was the biggest event that 6 Music had staged at that point in time. It allowed me to demonstrate my ability to produce a high-quality music event with exceptional broadcast content, in the face of short timescales, a small team, and limited budgets.
THE MADNESS WORLD TOUR OF CAMDEN
In 2009, BBC 6 Music formed a partnership with London festival The Camden Crawl.
The festival had been trying unsuccessfully for years to persuade local legends Madness to play. So I came up with a novel approach – The Madness World Tour of Camden – in which the artist would appear around the festival in a series of unique musical moments.
I arranged for Madness to tour Camden on the open top-deck of a London bus, stopping outside iconic music venues for them to surprise the festival crowds with acoustic “guerilla busking” performances. Meanwhile, Steve Lamacq broadcast his 6 Music show live from the bottom deck, reflecting the tour and talking to other luminaries of the local music scene who were getting on and off the bus.
The bus finally stopped at an iconic location in the heart of Camden, pulling up behind a pre-built stage to form the backdrop to a surprise Madness gig featuring the full band.
By following my creative approach with careful planning and execution, I satisfied all interests across a diverse range of stakeholders – the artist, the festival, 6 Music and our audiences. This partnership delivered added value for the Camden Crawl, and some unique content for the station. It also won me a BBC Radio Production Award for the Best Technical Execution of an Event.
360° FILMING OF BBC PROMS
During a development secondment to the BBC Proms in 2016, I collaborated with interactive platform Melody VR to investigate presenting live music performances in virtual reality.
I arranged access and rights to film proms concerts using special VR camera equipment, allowing me to produce the first ever 360° film of the iconic Last Night of the Proms.
This project enabled me to deliver unique content to the BBC’s audiences in a novel and interesting format. It also helped to develop methods of delivering high-quality live music content in virtual reality environments. Four years later, Melody VR are now routinely doing that for their audiences.
I have had professional involvement in…
The Biggest Weekend
Radio 1’s Big Weekend
Radio 1’s Teen Awards
Radio 2 in Hyde Park
6 Music Festival
6 Music Live at Maida Vale
Asian Network Live
Proms in the Park
The Electric Proms
BBC Music Awards
Reading & Leeds
T In The Park
The Big Chill
Festival No. 6
Cheltenham Jazz Festival
One Night Stand
Big Day Out
South By Southwest
The Great Escape
Notting Hill Carnival
Cambridge Folk Festival
The Big Feastival
… and many more
I love playing my bass guitar, and have performed live several times with the legendary Tom Robinson.
Glastonbury Festivals Worked for the BBC
Years of Live Music and Broadcast Experience
Catering Tent Haribos Consumed
Full driving licence
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