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Live Diary Holder vacancy

We are looking for an enthusiast Live Diary Holder who has a passion for music and their fingers on the pulse on local scenes across the country. The ideal candidate must have a track record of successful diary holding within a live music venue.

If you think you have what it takes, please get in touch!

To apply please send your CV and a covering letter to [email protected] by Wednesday 24th August at 5pm.

Job Description – Live Diary Holder – Ghostwriter Consultancy & Events Ltd

Venue’s General Business Manager vacancy

We are currently recruiting for a Venue’s General Business Manager to join our expanding team. The role will be based at Motion and Marble Factory located in Bristol.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the delivery of the live music program, commercial development and operational oversight. You must have a passion for live music, several years’ experience in a senior role in a successful venue setting with a creative approach to programming and event development along with experience of operating live events to a high standard.

If you think you have what it takes, please get in touch!

To apply please send your CV and a covering letter to [email protected] by Wednesday 24th August at 5pm.

Job Description – Venue’s General Business Manager – Ghostwriter Consultancy & Events Ltd

Marketing Coordinator vacancy

If you’re looking for a role that’s solely 9-5 and office based, this is not the one for you.

If you would prefer to attend shows, engage with and help us understand our audiences then we would love to work with you.

We are looking for a creative Marketing Coordinator who is self-motivated, hardworking, innovative, enthusiastic and well organised with a passion for live music and a strong attention to detail.

You will be responsible for the development of Ghostwriter, Pink Dot, Live After Racing and other project’s platforms giving you the opportunity to work on an eclectic mix of events across the country.

We want our audience to feel part of what we do so you will lead a digital street team feeding back from our customers and making them feel part of our events through our social media platforms.

The successful candidate will become an integral part of our team. They will be entrusted to develop and deliver progressive marketing strategies across different brands, keeping abreast of current trends and changing platforms. They must be able to clearly communicate their ideas, reasoning and post-campaign analytics to colleagues and clients with differing marketing and social media knowledge and experience.

If you think you have what it takes, please get in touch!

To apply please send your CV and a covering letter to [email protected] by Wednesday 20th July at 6pm

Job Description – Marketing Coordinator

Brand new national concert promoter announced

Ghostwriter Consultancy and Events continue their expansion with the launch of Pink Dot; a new independent national promoting division.

Pink Dot launches with 16 shows already confirmed in five regions, with expansion nationwide coming throughout summer and beyond.

Pink Dot are fully committed to their goals of promoting concerts nationally, alongside large‐scale outdoor events and annual bespoke festivals.

Carl Bathgate, Commercial Director of Ghostwriter comments, “We are extremely excited to announce the launch of Pink Dot. Our team continues to expand with the recent appointments of Craig McVeigh and Molly Doyle joining Richard Maides and myself as we seek to develop emerging artists while continuing to work with household names. We aim to deliver a wide and diverse variety of events scaling from 100 to 25,000 capacity. We recognise the challenges presented by the current economic climate but feel that there will always be a place for well marketed and delivered events as Live Music continues to be a significant part of the UK’s social life and is deeply ingrained in our culture.”

Craig McVeigh, Promoter, added, “In a career spanning over a decade as an independent promoter, I have always taken pride in providing a supportive and inclusive environment for our artists to develop, and very much enjoy working closely with their teams to provide a custom strategy to enable them to grow and succeed. Within the Ghostwriter family, I have the support to continue this journey and match the ambition of the artists aided by our innovative marketing, PR and digital strategy development.”

“We have an extremely experienced team who will ensure all our events are delivered to a high standard whether they be established artists performing at our Live After Racing series, 100 capacity shows in a grassroots venue, new annual metropolitan festivals or large‐scale outdoor events.”

About Pink Dot

Website: https://www.pinkdotlive.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Pinkdotlive
Twitter: https://twitter.com/pinkdotlive
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pinkdotlive/

Rosie Ramsey’s Ladies Day featuring Massaoke

Get ready to sing your heart out… On Saturday 23rd July, ROSIE RAMSEY feat. MASSAOKE will be leading a huge singalong spectacle for the Gainford Group Ladies Day at Newcastle Racecourse.

A presenter, actor, author and podcasting powerhouse behind the wildly successful ‘Shagged Married Annoyed’ (which has attracted over 100 million downloads since it launched in 2019), ROSIE RAMSEY has become something of a social media sensation and broadcasting institution in recent years.

Well known in the North East as the voice of the drive-time show on Capital Radio and with a reputation for saying it like it is, Ramsey isn’t someone to shy away from using her vocals… But, for the very first time this Summer, she will be using it to encourage the biggest singalong of her career.

Teaming up with MASSAOKE – one of the UK’s most popular karaoke live-band experiences – Ramsey and friends will be front-and-centre at Newcastle Racecourse leading the Ladies Day crowd to embrace their inner divas and sing it loud to the heavens.

Renowned for their high-energy stage shows, extraordinary outfits and occasional celebrity guests (which have previously included stars the likes of Erasure’s Andy Bell, pub landlord Al Murray, and even newsreader Jon Snow), MASSAOKE have a reputation for being the UK’s ultimate party starters. Teaming up with Rosie Ramsey for the first time ever, this special one-off event promises to be the North-East’s biggest, loudest and wildest singalong this Summer.

Now firmly established as the highlight of the social calendar in the North East, Ladies Day is the perfect setting to enjoy a day out with your friends and family. The most glamorous race day of the flat season combines an exciting day of fashion, fillies, live music and of course a glass of fizz. This is the one day of the season when the fashion is as important as the racing, stylish outfits and beautiful headwear will be in abundance. Thousands of racegoers will put their best shoes forward to impress the judges of the popular Style Awards, which is open to all, with the winning outfit taking home a huge £500 cash prize. Even if you’re not looking to enter the Style Awards, many racegoers on Ladies Day enjoying dressing up and adding a beautiful hat, fascinator or even an on-trend headband to make the
occasion a little bit more special.

A ‘Live After Racing’ show, Rosie Ramsey feat Massaoke will also feature a full day of races at the prestigious racing arena.

GHOSTWRITER CONFIRMS TOMORROW’S GHOSTS FESTIVAL 2023 ‘SPRING GATHERING’

Back in black and before you know it…TOMORROW’S GHOSTS FESTIVAL has confirmed its Spring Gathering for Whitby

Following an exceptional demand for tickets for the upcoming Halloween event in 2022, Whitby’s premier Goth music led festival is delighted to confirm the return of its ‘Spring Gathering’. Taking over the Whitby Pavilion – Friday 28th & Saturday 29th April 2023 – it will be the first such seasonal offering for over 4 years.

A true celebration of all things Gothic, Tomorrow’s Ghosts invites you back to the home of Dracula for a darkly exhilarating weekend of alternative music and culture. With an international line-up that caters to a broad range of sub-genres and tastes, today the festival is very pleased to announce its 2023 programme – and there’s plenty to get your teeth into…

In its first announcement, Tomorrow’s Ghost’s is over the moon to lock-in an exclusive Friday headline appearance from the cult darkwave visionaries Cold Cave, who fifteen years into their career have established themselves as long-running luminaries of the underground and worthy headliners for any connoisseur of sonic carnage. Sublime supporting sets across the evening will also come from Leeds’ legendary goth-rock originals The Rose of Avalanche and UK-Irish post/punk acolytes Siberia. Fans should keep their eyes peeled for the announcement of some Very Special Guests to be confirmed in the coming weeks too…

Following up on the Saturday night, Yorkshire-formed titans New Model Army will be continuing the celebrations for their 40th Anniversary in seismic style. Earlier in the night, expect a *very special guest* slot from Lebanon Hanover, with the shadowy British-German duo bringing their evocative darkwave sounds out to play for this very rare UK appearance. Adding to what is an excellent bill the Saturday night is stacked with sizable supporting slots from Mancunian industrialists in ascendance IST IST, plus a theatrical set from revived gothic rock devotees The Nosferatu, who will perform as *Special Guests* and open the Saturday night event.

As in previous years, Tomorrow’s Ghosts will also be offering choice club nights into the early hours. No strangers to the Whitby crowds, Leeds living legends Carpe Noctum and the supernaturally talented scousers Planet X will be resurrecting goth classics for the afterdark masses on Friday & Saturday respectively.

As with the 2022 edition, the Tomorrow’s Ghosts festival will be partnering with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. A charity committed to stamping out prejudice, hatred and intolerance everywhere, the ideals of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation and Tomorrow’s Ghosts couldn’t be any closer aligned.

EVIL RETURNS TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME IN MANCHESTER

Are you dreaming of a White Christmas…or an Evil Blizzard this December?

Evil Blizzard kick-off the holiday season with an almighty bang. We announce the return of one notoriously twisted office Christmas party as EVIL BLIZZARD PRESENTS…‘BLIZZMAS’

The cult Lancashire band famed for their fearsome stage apparel and outrageous performances will be headlining Gorilla, Manchester on Friday December 16th. They said there’d be snow at Christmas, but they never said there’d be chaos. Expect an unruly performance from one of the UK’s most joyously boundary-pushing and convention-breaking bands to emerge in recent times.

Ghostwriter announce new director and senior staffing

Ghostwriter Consultancy & Events are delighted to announce the appointment of an additional Director and three further positions to support the companies growth across its Venue, Events and Consultancy business.

Gemma Shamah has been promoted to Operations Director following two years with the company as its Head of Operations. Craig McVeigh joins the company’s promoting department moving across from I Love Live Events. Lee Welsh has been appointed as Venues Operations Manager with responsibility for Marble Factory (1,350) in Bristol and The Point (1,250) in Sunderland. Molly Doyle joins the company as Ticketing & Promoters Assistant.

About Gemma Shamah

Director of Events Richard Maides said, “Gemma has been integral to the growth of the business since joining us in 2019 and due to her wide and varied experience in the industry is ideally placed to become our Operations Director. Her past positions have included management of both The Forum and The Garage in London, Operations & Event Manager at the classic rock festival Ramblin’ Man Fair and Southern Operations Manager overseeing ULU and Norwich UEA LCR along with large scale outdoor events across the UK.”

Since joining Ghostwriter Gemma and has been responsible for operations at our partner venues as well as leading on key outdoor projects such 5 on the Farm festival produced with Viacom CBS / Channel 5 and Royal Holloway Summer Celebrations. Maides added, “Gemma is a crucial part of the team and joins the board of Directors as a Shareholder in the company. We are extremely excited to work alongside her as we guide the business forward together.”

About Craig McVeigh

Carl Bathgate, Ghostwriter Commercial Director, commented on the appointment of Craig McVeigh as Promoter, “We are extremely excited to announce that Craig will be joining the business from I Love Live Events. He has an excellent reputation in the industry and has clearly demonstrated across the last 10 years, working both locally in Liverpool and other territories, a great ability to work with local, national, and international talent. I look forward to working closely with Craig to deliver our Live After Racing events, stand‐alone outdoor shows and concerts both within our partner venue estate and beyond.”

Craig has already played a key role in development of several artists who are now household names, including Catfish & The Bottlemen, establishing them in Liverpool through shows at multiple venues, including two sold‐out nights at the M&S Bank Arena. Recent successes include his sold out K.S.I. show at Liverpool’s Mountford Hall (2,500).

From 2017 to 2022 McVeigh was the head booker for Liverpool Sound City, where working alongside the festival team to remodel the event from a greenfield site to one the best independent metro showcases in the UK. Whilst in this role Craig worked with artists including Loyle Carner, Sam Fender, Dermot Kennedy, The Snuts, The Murder Capital, Self Esteem and many more.

About Lee Welsh

Lee Welsh joins Ghostwriter to take the day‐to‐day operational lead of the live events programme at Bristol’s Marble Factory (1,350) & Sunderland’s The Point (1,250).

Welsh past positions include Venues Manager for London ULU (828), Exeter Lemon Grove (1,000) and Entertainments & Events Manager at The Forum University of Hertfordshire Students Union (1,100 / 2,250). Lee has also previously worked as Site Manager for Slam Dunk Festival and Health & Safety advisor for Back of Beyond Festival.

Commenting on his appointment Gemma Shamah, Operations Director said, “Lee has spent over 20 years within the music industry successfully overseeing concert venues, large scale clubs, festivals and other outdoor events. He brings great experience and skills to our delivery of a key partnership in Bristol and will ensure continuity across the operation of live events in what is a fantastic venue space”.

About Molly Doyle

Having joined Ghostwriter in October 2021 in a part time ticketing role we are delighted to welcome Molly onboard on a full‐time basis as Ticketing & Promoters Assistant. She has proven to be a valuable asset to the business building on a wealth of experience from previous positions outside the industry. Molly will work alongside Craig and Carl in the promoting department delivering shows across the UK for both our clients and in our own right. This new role will also be key to supporting the company’s growing ticketing operation which despite the pandemic has exceeded 100,000 matured sales over the last 12 months.

About Ghostwriter Consultancy and Events

OUTDOOR:
Ghostwriter Consultancy & Events works with partners and acts as a promoter in their own right to deliver in excess of 30 large scale outdoor events per year.

INDOOR:
We support our Independent venue partners in their event procurement and delivery ensuring operational standards are maintained across all locations.

AND BEYOND:
Our consultancy operates to advise and support our clients in every aspect of their business working in partnership to achieve their goals.

Madness announce huge outdoor show at Wolverhampton Racecourse

Classic pop royalty Madness are very pleased to announce a major outdoor show at Wolverhampton Racecourse on Saturday 3rd September 2022.

Riding into 2022 fresh from their overwhelmingly popular ‘The Ladykillers Tour’, the original kings of Camden will be bringing their “House of Fun” to the prestigious racing ground or what promises to be a riotously entertaining headline set to remember.

Promising a day stacked with some of the finest pop and ska-tinged sounds to have emerged from London Town in the last four decades, gates will open at 3pm and the show will commence after a day of racing on the iconic track.

Promising an evening stacked with some of the finest sounds around, the show comes as one in a string of enormous summer shows happening at racecourses across the country this year.

Tickets will be available to O2 customers for pre-sale from 9am on Wednesday 13th April.

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Madness are perhaps one of the most prominent and best-loved bands of the last 40 years. Formed in Camden Town, London in 1976, their journey since has taken them from ska-band upstarts to globally acclaimed superstars. Finding initial success in the late 1970s and early ‘80s as frontrunners of the 2 Tone Ska revival, the band would soon go on to find universal fame through a string of 15 UK Top 10 charting singles, with their crowning glory the seminal UK No.1 “House Of Fun”.

With a trademark “nutty” sound and lyrics that capture the very essence of British life, cuts like “Baggy Trousers”, “One Step Beyond”, “Embarrassment”, “My Girl”, “Driving In My Car”, and “Our House” and countless others have transcended the generations and immortalised Madness as icons of popular culture.

A testament to their enduring popularity, Suggs and co. were invited to perform on top of Buckingham Palace as part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations AND the London Olympics in 2012 to a global audience, while also setting the record for the biggest-ever viewing for the BBC’s live New Year’s Eve broadcast in 2018.

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of their landmark debut album ‘One Step Beyond’ last year, Madness remain one of the most exhilarating and entertaining prospects on record and the stage.

With a huge headline show at Wolverhampton Racecourse now on the agenda for September, expect the finest music and plenty of madcap mayhem when the original “Nutty Boys” go one step beyond to make this an evening for the ages.

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Live After Racing presents
Madness

Live @ Wolverhampton Racecourse
Saturday 3rd September 2022

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Tickets will be available to O2 customers for pre-sale on Wednesday 13th April @ 9am and general sale on Friday 15th April @ 9am

Tickets are priced at:
Adult – £40 STBF
Child – £25 STBF

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INTO A CIRCLE – Reunited new wave band announce headline London show

Marking their return to the live stages of the capital for the first time in over three decades, the cult new wave band will be performing at London’s OSLO venue on Friday 4th November 2022.

Reunited with the original line-up of Paul “Bee” Hampshire and Barry Jepson, the duo are back writing, recording and performing together again after 34 years of dormancy.

The duo’s headline show promises an unmissable opportunity to hear some brand new material that the band have been cooking-up in recent months, such as recent single “Mercenaries”, as well as the chance to reacquaint with choice cuts from In2a0’s classic back catalogue. As Bee states of the London show: “We will be revisiting and playing some of the old material, although perhaps not the obvious contenders, that would be just too predictable…”.

Into A Circle AKA In2a0 formed in December 1985 from the ashes of legendary post/punk band Getting The Fear, as In2a0 the pair would go on to release a string of boundary-pushing singles including “Rise” and “Forever” (featuring the bittersweet accompaniment of Rose McDowall of Strawberry Switchblade), plus the funk-tinted No.5 Indie Chart Hit “Evergreen”. In 1988, Into A Circle released their only studio album: ‘Assassins’. Produced by Larry Steinbachek (Bronski Beat), it would reach a peak of No.7 in the UK Indie Charts of Summer 1988 and become something of a cult classic for years to come. Playing their last shows in 1989, Into A Circle announced their reunion in 2021 with plans for new live shows (including a *special guest* feature at Tomorrow’s Ghosts Festival 2022 in Whitby) and new studio recordings.