This panel will look at how bookers and agents go about scheduling IVW shows and tours. It will talk about the challenges they face of budgeting and competitive scheduling, but it will focus on how they are able to turn these into positives. In the changing climate our panelists have found that working together for a common goal such as IVW, benefits the artist, promoter, venue, and gig goer.
NATHAN CLARK – BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB(M)
Nathan is the director and general manager of venue Brudenell Social Club and promoter arm Brudenell Presents. Brudenell as a venue hosts approximately 400+ shows a year, and in the last 12 months artists inc. Snow Patrol, Jonny Marr, Yo La Tengo, Bloc Party, Low, Fontaines D.C. and many more. As a promoter, Brudenell presents organises shows across the north, stretching from across a range of venues, but also reaching out to specialist venues such as Leeds Town Hall, York Minster, to bring unique and exclusive shows to tour programmes. Aside from music, Nathan holds an M.B.A. from Leeds University, was a former professional footballer and holds FA Level 3 / UEFA B coaching license, and is an avid Leeds United fan.
SOPHIE ROBERTS – 13 ARTISTS
Booking agent at 13 Artists, an agency that represents the likes of Radiohead, Alabama Shakes, Arctic Monkeys, Stone Roses, George Ezra & many more – with offices in Brighton and London. Just over 5 years working at the company; having previously worked as a venue programmer and vocalist. Current roster includes Pip Blom, The Amazons, WOOZE, Juniore, Sinead O’Brien & more.
PIPPA GOODCHILD – EXETER CAVERN
Pippa Wragg has run and promoted at the Cavern in Exeter since the early 90s, focussing on the indie and punk scenes. She was also responsible for organising Ladyfest Exeter and has co-created School Of Frock – a workshop giving girls and women the opportunity to have a go at being in a band in a female only environment. Over the last 20 years Pippa has also managed bands, run Freakscene Records and booked acts for various festivals.
ROB TINKLER – CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION
Rob is Popular Culture Manager at Cambridge Junction where I am responsible for programming all the live music, comedy and clubs. Located in the South West of Cambridge, fifteen minute’s walk from the centre of the city, Cambridge Junction is an venue serving communities from across the city and the region. We have three primary spaces in which we run our programmes: J1 is a large versatile performance and social space with a standing capacity of 850; J2 is a 220 seat theatre; and J3 is a light-filled multipurpose space excellent for learning, rehearsal and talks. I started as an independent promoter in Middlesbrough in 1986 and continued to do so in Cambridge …I started at Cambridge Junction in 1994 and have been there ever since.
CLAIRE COURTNEY – EARTH AGENCY
Claire has worked in the independent music sector since leaving university. From booking local bands at college and being ents co-ordinator at university, she started her career in London as a radio plugger for an independent PR company working with mainly independent labels, artist and managers. A few more jobs at a label, a TV company and a moment in the dotcom boom/crash. At the turn of this century Claire started working for a live music agency. Many years on as an Agent she is now also co-founder/co-owner of Earth Music Agency an independent focused live and DJ booking agency established in 2014.