Tales From the Front Line
Room 1 | 17:00 – 18:00 | Thursday
Chair: Paul Crockford, PC Management (UK)
This will be the third edition of the session that was originally called ‘It’ll Be Alright on the Night.’ However, this title for the no-holds-barred telling of tales of life, laughter and sometimes disaster on the road was considered too tame by the session’s attendants, who insisted that it be referred to as “Fuck-Ups” – definitely a more appropriate description. Artist manager and ex-promoter Paul Crockford will lead the proceedings this year as he and his guests provide more anecdotes of their best, worst and funniest moments, with contributions from the floor welcomed during this last session of the day.
Alex Hardee, Coda Agency (UK)
Andy Lenthall, Production Services Association (UK)
Adam Parsons, Siren Management (US)
Lucy Noble, Royal Albert Hall (UK)
Andrew Zweck, Sensible Events (UK)
Chair's Biog | Paul Crockford
Paul went to Southampton University in 1976 to study environmental economics, where he became the youngest ever social secretary in the history of the National Union of Students. During the early part of his career he was promoting around 650 concerts a year, and became the largest independent concert promoter in the UK with acts including Dire Straits, Genesis, The Police, Eric Clapton, The Cure, The Smiths, and Echo and Bunnymen, whilst simultaneously developing a management roster for Teardrop Explodes, Tears for Fears, and Level 42. Since 1986, he has been the promoter on behalf of the Prince of Wales' Prince’s Trust. In 1987, he started Paul Crockford Management with clients Level 42, The Blow Monkeys, The Blessing, and Brendan Croker, and in 1990 joined forces with Jolyon Burnham managing The 60FT Dolls, Pete Wylie, 4 of Us, abd Corduroy. Since 2000, Paul has managed Mark Knopfler/Dire Straits. During his management career he has overseen major tours in every territory in the world and has also found time to be a consultant for Manchester United, RFU, and all the major record labels, as well as acting as management advisor for Mike Tyson. Paul is currently managing Mark Knopfler, Danny Thompson, and co-managing Paul Simon, and 'The Australian Pink Floyd Show.'
Speaker's Biog | Lucy Noble
Lucy has been involved with the Royal Albert Hall for over fifteen years - she attended the Royal College of Music and during her studies worked as a steward at the Hall to support her musical education. She went on to work as an orchestral assistant at the Royal College of Music’s Junior Department, Sadler’s Wells Theatre and IMG Artists as tours and projects manager. Lucy has recently been appointed as the artistic and commercial director at the Royal Albert Hall having held several positions beforehand. Her current focus at the Hall is producing and promoting its own programme of events – a new area for the Hall, this area ranges from films with live orchestra, classical concerts through to large-scale dance projects. As well as overseeing all artistic areas of the Hall, Lucy looks after the Education & Outreach Programme, which reached nearly 200k people in 2016, as well as the Hall’s corporate partnerships including sponsorship. Lucy is working to encourage more people of all backgrounds into the Hall through a programme of initiatives such as special matinees and workshops for young people with world-class artists. She is also responsible for introducing many of the new programming initiatives outside of the Hall’s main auditorium that highlight the Hall’s public benefit messages by offering these events for free or at lower tickets prices, such as the free lunchtime music, an exhibition series and Late Night Jazz, Elgar Comedy, Classical Coffee Mornings, the new Elgar Room programme and Albert Sessions initiatives.
Speaker's Biog | Andrew Zweck
Andrew Zweck spent his first 20 years in the live concert business working with Harvey Goldsmith Entertainments in London. Amongst the many highlights was his role as production manager for 'Live Aid' in 1985. In 1996, Andrew formed Sensible Events, which has developed as a leading artist agency and talent acquisition service, booking and producing European and worldwide tours for major artists such as Roger Waters, Mark Knopfler, and for many years Depeche Mode. Andrew also has a consultancy arrangement for AEG Live Concerts West and recently has worked with their artists, The Stones, Justin Bieber and Celine Dion.