DHP Family is proud to announce that one of its promoters has been recognised as one of the top music industry professionals for the future.
Promoter Scott O’Neill is one of the six finalists in the New Business Talent (Tomorrow’s New Boss) category of international live music business awards run by industry title IQ magazine.
Voted for by 4,000 industry professionals, winners will be revealed at its International Live Music Conference on March 5 2016.
Scott joined DHP Family in 2011 and has played an integral part in the company’s growth from a Midlands based regional promoter, to a leading national promoter. Most recently, he has promoted the sold out Brian Wilson Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour, announced in January.
DHP Family owner George Akins said: “It is a fantastic achievement for Scott to be nominated for this award. Here at DHP, we aim to give our people the platform and the freedom to be both creative and successful in their approach. Scott is a great example of someone who has embraced the opportunity and turned his hobby into an exciting career.”
Aged 15, Scott started organising gigs by accident as a way to try and get his ska punk band support slots in Liverpool. Dismayed that none of his favourite bands were visiting Manchester, where he was studying chemistry at university, Scott used his student loan and overdraft to persuade acts to perform in the city, where he promoted shows by the likes of Animal Collective, Band of Horses, and Sun Kil Moon, and started developing good relationships with American indie acts. He ran his own promotions company for five years, based in Manchester, until 2011, when he joined DHP Family. Notably, Scott managed to negotiate a contract with Manchester Cathedral to hold their diary, run the bar and handle all music events.
Scott now works with a whole roster of exciting artists including The War on Drugs, Milky Chance, Bonnie Prince Billy, Cat Power, Slowdive, The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Lianne La Havas, Half Moon Run, The Staves, Wild Beasts, The Tallest Man On Earth, Future Islands, Warpaint and Rodriguez.