Independent Venue Week Team

Sybil Bell – Founder

Sybil Bell is Founder of Independent Venue Week and CEO I Like The Sound Of That Ltd. She is Co-Founder of CAN YOU CIC IT? a Community Interest Company running IVW in the UK and Yes We Can, the development education, and community program.

Sybil has been an artist manager & label manager, tour manager and promoter, owned a venue and recording studio, has consulted at various trade bodies including UK Music, the MMF and the FAC, has run numerous events including the MPG Awards and co-ordinating international networking events at SXSW for The Department of International Trade. 

Sybil has spoken & curated panels at various events including SXSW in 2011, 2013 and 2016, Bigsound in Australia 2015, given the Keynote at Output, Belfast 2016 and spoken at Pop Montreal and at Mondo in NYC in 2017.


2 truths, one lie: My real name is Sybil. I got deported from Australia. I can make my tongue do a Mexican wave.
Venue you’ve never been to but want to visit: Glasgow Barrowlands 
One album everyone should own: Grace Jones – Island Life. Or Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
Dream gig line-up: Radiohead/Portishead (double headliner) , Little Simz, Humphrey Lyttleton
What three words describe you best: Passionate, Mischievous, Grafter
What would be your dream pet: A Springer Spaniel
Something surprising about you that not many people know: I have a motorbike license
Guilty Music Pleasure: M People (reminds me of living in Australia in the early 90’s)
What would your autobiography be called: Bell End 
Who would play you in a film about your life: Emma Thompson

Charlie Rickard – Director of Production

Charlie Rickard is one of the directors of CAN YOU CIC IT? a Community Interest Company running IVW in the UK and Yes We Can, the development education, and community program.  

Passionate about music from an early age, it was inevitable he would end up working in the industry one way or another.  

He learned the ropes in record distribution for several years before moving over to the live side of the business where he worked for a touring production & backline company. 

It was during his time spent here that he threw himself into several roles that included facilities management, tour advancing, stage management & various production duties.


2 truths, one Lie: I’ve skydived. I saved Frank Oceans show from being cancelled. I’m a descendent of Capability Brown.
One album everyone should own: Songs in the Key of Life – Stevie Wonder 
Venue you’ve never been to but want to visit: 9:30 Club, Washington D.C 
Dream gig line-up: My Bloody Valentine, Sunn O))) & Led Zeppelin  
What three words describe you best: Amazing, Thoughtful, Hilarious  
What is your dream pet: Sloth 
Something surprising about you that not many people know: I once made Charlie Watts beans on toast. 
Guilty Music Pleasure: Simply Red 
What would your autobiography be called: Where did it all go wrong? 
Who would play you in a film about your life: Peter Sellers 

Brian Murmin – Business Development

Brian Murnin is a Business Development and Strategy specialist, who has led businesses of all shapes and sizes across the media and entertainments industry. He has launched new divisions and major initiatives for household names such as Warner Music Group and BBC Studios, and has helped exciting new media upstarts such as Vice Media and Clash Music grow into global success stories.

Brian joins the IVW team as an advisor and consultant, charged with helping us forge a bright and exciting future as we head into our important 10th year


2 truths, one lie: I was the official ambassador for Scotland at the 2018 world yoga championships, I beat Ian Brown in an arm-wrestling match – twice, I have appeared on the front cover of Vice Magazine
Venue you’ve never been to but want to visit: A Love From Outer Space @ The Golden Lion, Todmorden
One album everyone should own: I could literally name about 80! The one that comes to mind this week is celebrating its 30th anniversary – so I’ll go with The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest
Dream gig line-up: Prince, Daft Punk, A Tribe Called Quest, Modeselektor, Channel One Soundsystem
What three words describe you best: Big, Daft, and not very Punk
What would be your dream pet: A giant luminous rave gecko with psychedelic poresSomething surprising about you that not many people know: I can do a waist-high heel click from a standing start
Guilty Music Pleasure: The most euphoric northern soul and new york disco
What would your autobiography be called: Big, Daft and not very Punk
Who would play you in a film about your life: A slightly ravey version of Cameron from Ferris Buellers or Rodney from Only Fools and Horses

  

  

Oscar Rees – Communications & Campaigns

After getting involved in student radio while at university in Birmingham, Oscar started out in the music industry a couple of years ago, interning for a long-standing independent record label, moving into a full time job including overseeing their direct to consumer shop and managing social media campaigns for their record releases. 

While there, he went on to co-ordinate and manage the launch and first year of their internet radio station which was sponsored by Fred Perry, programming and producing over 100 live shows & podcasts a month, including his own show. 
 
Alongside working in music Oscar is a trans-rights advocate and has worked with artists, charities & brands in campaigning for great awareness of issues affecting the trans community.


2 truths, one lie: I’ve got Welsh actor Michael Sheen’s name tattooed on my bum. I once jumped out of a plane. I’m allergic to cats. 
Venue you’ve never been to but want to visit: 
Neuadd Ogwen in Bethesda, North Wales
One album everyone should own: 
Pieces of a Man – Gil Scott-Heron
Dream gig line-up: 
Slipknot, Sleaford Mods, Billy Nomates
What three words describe you best: 
Really really silly.
What would be your dream pet:
A grey Staffy – Like the Tom Holland who plays Spiderman has.
Something surprising about you that not many people know:
 I’m a bit obsessed with Wimbledon and tennis.
Guilty Music Pleasure: 
BTS or SHINee, I have a secret love of K-Pop
What would your autobiography be called: 
Miserable Young Git 
Who would play you in a film about your life: 
Elliot Page

Kyri Chrisostomou – Events, Programmes & Comedy

A country bumpkin in the big smog, Kyri is originally from Staffordshire. His background is a hybrid of music and business. 

After moving to London to study music at BIMM, Kyri ran an independent artist project, gaining funding from HMUK. This was supported by Wonderland, Clash, Gay Times, BBC Introducing and Foundation FM. Live highlights included gigs at Ronnie Scotts, The Social and BBC Introducing Live. 

Alongside this, He was an administrator for a small family property business, supporting general day-to-day operations across the board. He’s also assisted at music events, gigs & projects including Springboard Live – a national project which promoted new music acts through immersive live music concerts, powered by people aged 16-25, in partnership with BBC Introducing.


2 truths, one lie: I don’t really like coffee, I once sang BV’s for Mica Paris, Jane Mcdonald is my aunty.
One album everyone should own: Blue by Joni Mitchell
Venue you’ve never been to but want to visit: The Minack Theatre
Dream gig line-up: Joni Mitchell, Amel Larrieux
What three words describe you best: Warm, personable, diligent
What is your dream pet: A baby elephant that never grows
Something surprising about you that not many people know: I was (embarrassingly) on Stars In Their Eyes Kids as Donny Osmond, age 12
Guilty Music Pleasure: Britney
What would your autobiography be called: Almost, But Not Quite…
Who would play you in a film about your life: Valentina from Ru Paul’s Drag Race, out of drag, if they put on about three stone 

Joseph Kenway – Promoter & IVW Reps Co-ordinator

Joe joins the IVW team this year as a promoter , having recently left his post at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds after 3 years there. Before that He was a programmer at Hyde Park Book Club, where He oversaw the foundation of a new 150 cap venue – and was very happy to see it become a part of IVW for the first time.

Having contributed to IVW’s online format last year, He’s looking forward to working more closely on the upcoming programme, and seeing venues open and thriving again all over the country for this year’s edition.


2 truths, one lie: have a camper van with fully functioning patio doors. Allergic to quavers. Once lived next to Sol Campbell for 24 hrs
Venue you’ve never been to but want to visit: Barrowlands, Glasgow
One album everyone should own: Entertainment! Gang of Four
Dream gig line-up: Mitski, Black Midi, Sleaford Mods
What three words describe you best: sarcastic, enthusiastic, human
What would be your dream pet: cat
Something surprising about you that not many people know: Czech heritage
Guilty Music Pleasure: the simpsons sing the blues (great record)
What would your autobiography be called: so, it’s come to this..
Who would play you in a film about your life: the last person to be asked

 

Erin Gibson – Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Hailing from the north, plant and dog mum Erin graduated from LIPA in 2017 and has spent most of her life in venues both on and off stage as a drummer and in various crew roles. From selling merch on international tours, to repping local shows: Erin’s passion lies in making live music happen.

Erin moved to London in 2018 to become an operational manager for a music industry charity and is now extremely excited to be the newest member of the team! 


2 truths, one lie: I am an identical twin, I am a drummer, I have a pet snake
Venue you’ve never been to but want to visit: Barrowland Ballroom
One album everyone should own: Folklore – T Swifty or SPICE – The Spice Girls
Dream gig line-up: Biffy Clyro, Amy Whinehouse, Mcfly, Holly Humberstone
What three words describe you best: Fun, strong, dramatic
What would be your dream pet: A whippet
Something surprising about you that not many people know: I once went to Borneo to work in an orangutan sanctuary
Guilty Music Pleasure: Guilt-free, but Evanescence seems to be something everyone thinks I should be ashamed of! Closely followed by The Last Five Years musical sound track
What would your autobiography be called: Other books will be more interesting
Who would play you in a film about your life: Phoebe Buffet

 

Lucy Wells – Trusts & Foundations

Lucy Wells started out in publishing as a journalist, then became a sales/marketing director and publisher working for The Telegraph and EMAP Publishing. On moving to deepest Herefordshire with a young baby in 2002, her career changed direction when she worked on a local rural music festival. She then moved to The Courtyard Arts Centre, a multi-genre producing house in Hereford to grow their funding and stayed for 12 years.

She set up her own fundraising consultancy in 2016, specialising in arts and culture. Her work focuses on music-focused organisations with projects that often involve developing strategies and generating funding to bring the power of music to disadvantaged communities of all kinds. She also runs local charity Worcestershire Community Foundation, which has given her an invaluable insight into the grant-making perspective.

Lucy is totally committed to the potential of the arts to change people’s lives, and is really excited at the prospect of working with the team at CYCI to support grassroots music across the UK.

In her spare time, she is frequently walked by two mad sprockers and loves cooking, yoga, running and live music.


2 truths, one lie: I hate mean people. I love running. I am never grumpy!
Venue you’ve never been to but want to visit: The Roundhouse in Camden
One album everyone should own: Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
Dream gig line-up: Florence & The Machine; Anderson Pak; James Taylor; Carlos Santana; David Guetta; DJ Khaled
What three words describe you best: Sociable, happy, busy
What would be your dream pet: A Pangolin
Something surprising about you that not many people know: 
I once sailed down the Amazon.
Guilty Music Pleasure: 
Dance music
What would your autobiography be called: 
Live life with no excuses, travel with no regrets (Oscar Wilde)
Who would play you in a film about your life: 
Julianne Moore

Alex Karol – Press & PR

Previously part of the core press team for The Rolling Stones, Alex sold her soul to the sexy grit of live music and hasn’t looked back. She has headed up the PR campaigns for major artists, tours, award shows, festivals right across Europe, lifestyle brands, and award shows… but is forever putting a dark, damp, tight gig first in her priorities


2 truths, one lie: My mom’s Welsh. My dad’s Slovak. I’m Vulcan.
Venue you’ve never been to but want to visit: 
The Caverns, Tennessee
One album everyone should own: 
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Dream gig line-up: 
Cher, Nick Cave, Chet Baker, Dylan Earl, Sunn O)))
What three words describe you best:
 Pickle flavoured tongue
What would be your dream pet: 
California Leaf-Nosed Bat
Something surprising about you that not many people know: 
I’ve got 39 pet Shrimp
Guilty Music Pleasure: 
Grim Grinning Ghosts from the Haunted Mansion
What would your autobiography be called: 
Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy
Who would play you in a film about your life: 
Retta

Adam Webb – Policy & Industry Insight

Adam is an award-winning PR and communications specialist with his own consultancy, and over 20 years experience of working across music, technology and public policy. He currently works for the likes of the Music Managers Forum and Driift, Act, and leads the highly successful FanFair Alliance campaign that has delivered significant reforms to the highly controversial secondary ticketing market. 


2 truths, one lie: I have a West Ham season ticket, PJ Harvey once borrowed my guitar lead, I released a happy hardcore banger in 1994.  
Venue you’ve never been to but want to visit: Rayleigh, Pink Toothbrush
One album everyone should own: 
The Impressions, This Is My Country  
Dream gig line-up: 
Cleo Sol, LOW, Halsey, Tyler, The Creator, Thee Oh Sees, Cassandra Jenkins (2021 version)
What three words describe you best: 
Cup of tea? 
What would be your dream pet: 
House-trained dog that also walks itself
Something surprising about you that not many people know: 
Wrote a book once. 
Guilty Music Pleasure: 
Proper unreconstructed hairy Metal
What would your autobiography be called:
It Came From Essex
Who would play you in a film about your life: 
Telly Savalas 

 

Chris McCormick – Partnerships

Chris is an experienced Business Director with a focus on marketing, brand and commercial partnerships within the live music and events market. He has had the pleasure of accruing over 15 years of experience within the live music and entertainment market, developing strong long-term relationships and delivering exceptional results.


2 truths, one lie: My cousin was in U2. I didn’t pass my driving test until 32. I won a beatboxing competition on T4 against shaggy in the late 90’s.
Venue you’ve never been to but want to visit: Q Club Birmingham
One album everyone should own: Straight Outta Compton – NWA
Dream gig line-up: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds supporting Beastie Boys
What three words describe you best: Very tired eyes
What would be your dream pet: A Cow
Something surprising about you that not many people know: I own two donkeys.
Guilty Music Pleasure: No such thing, but… U2, the soundtrack to Les Miserables, Susan Boyle.
What would your autobiography be called: Cheeky Fucker
Who would play you in a film about your life: Young Martin Clunes or that lad from Keane


Jon Owen – Partnerships

Experienced Marketing and Brand Partnerships Director with a 20 year+ international history of creating and delivering strategic and award winning marketing partnerships and campaigns within the music and entertainment spaces. 

8 years at Channel [V] in Australia, followed by 8 years at Live Nation UK, now Partnerships Director at From The Fields.

Passionate side projects include moonlighting as an artist manager working with independent artists from the UK and Australia.


2 truths, one lie: I’ve had an encounter with a Great White shark in Australia. I’ve been on a date someone from Eastenders. I’ve met my hero Noel Gallagher 5 times and he still doesn’t remember my name.
Venue you’ve never been to but want to visit: Greek Theatre, LA
One album everyone should own: The White Album – The Beatles
Dream gig line-up: The Doors, The Beatles, Oasis, Stone Roses, The Libertines, The Nude Party.
What three words describe you best: Positive, sociable, entrepreneurial.
What would be your dream pet: A monkey.
Something surprising about you that not many people know: I’m deaf in my left ear.
Guilty Music Pleasure: Anything from the Stock Aitken Waterman era or NKOTB.
What would your autobiography be called: Do It Till You Get Told Off
Who would play you in a film about your life: A young Ray Winstone