How can the live music industry bounce back even stronger?

Worthing music promoter Thom Milner-Smith, founder of atom promotions and music programmer at Worthing music venue The Factory Live, is promoting an event from the Association of Independent Promoters.

Conal Dodds - Crosstown Concerts
Conal Dodds - Crosstown Concerts

The Promoter Masterclass: Being Resilient – How to build a career as a concert promoter is on Monday, July 27 at 11am, live on Facebook and YouTube, with Conal Dodds (Crosstown Concerts) and John Rostron (Association of Independent Promoters).

Thom said: “The COVID-19 pandemic devastated the global live music industry overnight. How do concert promoters remain resilient in this kind of emergency situation? What can we do to ensure the live music industry bounces back even stronger?

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“Join Conal Dodds as he takes you through his incredible career as a concert promoter. He’ll share how to be resilient during the current crisis and how live music can make a return.

“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 in 2016, he set up Crosstown Concerts with Paul Hutton and Fraser Duffin, promoting shows with acts including Massive Attack, Lana Del Rey and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, along with The Downs Bristol (30,000 cap) and London’s On Blackheath festivals (25,000).

“Crosstown Concerts is now one of the UK’s leading independent promoting companies. With offices in London and Bristol, their artists include Lana Del Rey, Kano, Snow Patrol, Pixies, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Jack Savoretti, Agnes Obel, Patti Smith, IDLES, Of Monsters and Men, The Heavy, George Ezra, The Wombats, Richard Hawley, Jack White, Of Monsters and Men and many others.

“Crosstown continue to help develop new talent. The Crosstown Recordings label released the first singles by Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Keir, George Gretton and Harvey Causon. As promoters, newer acts include Fenne Lily, Lord Apex, Pom Poko, Katy J Pearson and 808 Ink.”

Presented by AIP and Thom’s atom promotions, the session is part of an Arts Council England project.

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