Dave Corbet www.dfconcertsandevents.com
Dave started out his career as a student Entertainments Manager and then independent promoter before joining DF Concerts as booker in 1998. Throughout his 13 years at DF Concerts, Dave has been a champion of a diverse range of acts from Eminem to Dolly Parton, Pendulum to Kings of Leon along with home grown talent such as Snow Patrol, Idlewild and Belle & Sebastian promoting over 300 shows a year.
Dave was responsible for the original T on the Fringe festival in 1999 which later went on to become The Edge Festival. Now in its 13th year, the event has seen the likes of Foo Fighters, Dizzee Rascal and Muse grace the stages in Edinburgh during the prestigious International Fringe Festival.
Gordon Reilly www.insiderfestival.com
Gordon is one of four directors of Backwoods Productions, the team who are responsible for putting on relative newcomer to the festival circuit, The Insider, which takes place at Inshriach House, near Aviemore. His major responsibility is for booking and programming the bill which last year played out across four diverse stages, featuring a wide range of acts from across the musical spectrum and focussing predominantly on Scottish talent. Now gearing up for it's fourth year, The Insider offers a platform for artists that is as appealing to play as it is for the paying guests to enjoy.
Gordon is also co-director of The Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore, responsible for booking, promotion and production of the live music programme.
Jim Mawdsley www.evolutionfestival.co.uk
Jim has operated as an independent music promoter in the North East of England since the mid eighties. He has promoted indoor events that range from 50 capacity pub gigs to 10,000 capacity dance events in arenas. In addition to taking on a role that has built Generator into the UKs leading Music Development Agency, he continues to develop Evolution, the Newcastle Gateshead based music festival which boasts attendances of 30,000 a day at the May Bank Holiday Weekend Event. His role includes overseeing The Evolution Emerging night ,which attracts over 400 entrants for 26 slots.
Katch Holmes www.knockengorroch.org.uk
Katch Holmes is one of the organisers of the Knockengorroch ‘World Ceilidh’ Festival which has taken place in Dumfries and Galloway every May since 1998. The four day festival is one of the longest running outdoor Scottish music festivals, featuring music from all genres with an emphasis on 'roots'. Katch Holmes programmes, markets and manages the event within a small family team. She has programmed and stage managed for other festivals including Kelburn Garden Party and The Edinburgh Mela Festival. Katch also works with Arts & Business Scotland as Projects Manager, with responsibility for projects funded by the Scottish Government New Arts Sponsorship Grants scheme, and leads on the company’s press campaigns.
Shaun Arnold www.gonorth.biz
Shaun Arnold is the founder and current director of the goNORTH Festival; under his stewardship, the event has grown to become Scotland's premier showcase festival for emerging artists. In a career spanning over thirty years, Arnold has developed and managed an extensive list of showcasing platforms throughout the UK, Mainland Europe and the USA, working with a wide ranging client list including Guinness, The BBC, PRS and Music Week.
Last year saw the introduction of the inaugural goNORTH Festival Tour, which sees goNORTH programming new music across a selection of independent festivals, including Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Wickerman Festival, Summer In The City, Wizard Festival and Loopallu.