Vince Power: FIB / Hop Farm Festival

Vince is one of Europe's most well known and respected music promoters. Vince rose to fame with the Mean Fiddler group of live music venues, which he started in Harlesden, northwest London, in 1982. It rapidly expanded to take over bars and nightclubs across the capital, including the Astoria, the Garage and the Jazz Café.

In 1989, he turned his attention to festivals, reviving the Reading festival, launching new events such as Homelands and Creamfields in the late 1990s and taking a stake in the Glastonbury festival in 2002.

Previously owner of the Mean Fiddler Group,  Vince built up both Reading and Glastonbury festivals before selling in 2005, taking a year off and then come roaring back into the festival market the following year by taking over what is now the legendary FIB festival in Spain.

Vince has always championed emerging acts at his festivals giving artists the opportunity to break out and perform when he has spotted talent. In 2010 Vince invited back the winners of the previous years "Fast Track To FIB" festival, The Paris Riots,  to open the main stage in front of Kasabian.

Who is going to catch his eye this year?

Mike Walsh: Head Of Music XFM

Mike’s first experience of radio was making a nuisance of himself in the BBC Radio Merseyside record library as a little boy when he would accompany his mother to work. She still presents on Radio Merseyside but has fewer complaints about unruly children.

Mike worked in college radio in both the UK and US before landing a job in the promotions department of Parlophone Records where he worked with acts such as Radiohead, Coldplay and Blur from 1995 to 2000. He then moved into radio programming with Capital Radio Group as Head of Music for their Century brand scoring record figures and a hit spin-off album series in “Hairbrush Divas”. Mike was soon given responsibility for his “dream brand” Xfm where he has been Head of Music for 5 years and is now also Deputy Programme Dirtector.

During his time at Xfm, Mike launched the Xfm New Music Award, brought Guy Garvey to the airwaves as a presenter at the launch of Xfm Manchester in 2006 and has been fortunate enough to stage events with the likes of Kings of Leon, Kasabian and Noel Gallagher.

A Sony Radio Awards judge, Mike has also been nominated for Music Week's Radio Programmer of the Year and is on the Brits’ Critics Choice and Live Award panels.

Mike lives in Cheshire and spends too much time on trains.

Sebastian Clayton: Digital Music specialist

Sebastian Clayton has run and created websites and marketing for over 30 bands, growing their audience, sales and awareness for some of the biggest names in the industry such as U2, David Gray, Bob Marley, PJ Harvey, Black Eyed Peas, Eminem and Beck.

Sebastian has a vast experience in growing and monetizing music focused and entertainment sites as well as helping global brands like National Georaphic use music to reach out to new audiences.

Sophia Pasetti : PR

Sophia made the treacherous step from the world of luxury goods to festivals after working in-house for designers such as Matthew Williamson and Anya Hindmarch.

She has recently been producing London’s prestigious Berkeley Square ball, working with such acts as James Brown and Amy Winehouse, to create an unforgettable evening for London’s elite.

She has since embraced the festival world under Vince Power, as Head of Communications for Europe’s favourite festival,  FIB. In this role, she is successfully managing a cross platform of production and actitivies, from radio to the marketing-press-advertising to the world of artists.  This has given Sophia an incredible edge and eye for talent, built on her vast experience in all aspects of the industry.

Tim Thomas: Blueprint Studios

Tim Thomas  is co owner of Manchester's legendary Blueprint Studios. The studio opened in May 2003 with The Cooper Temple Clause and a large quantity of Jack Daniels having followed  432 days of hard labour single-handedly transforming the basement of a 19th Century Victorian mission into a set of innovative, high spec, serviced rehearsal spaces.  Just over one year later, whilst Elbow began recording their 3rd album, ‘Leaders Of The Free World’, in the now infamous ‘Big Room’ and in their first year of business the studios had successfully attracted acts such as 50 Cent, The Streets, Savage Garden, Orson, Russell Watson, The Charlatans and Johnny Marr.

As a team of producers, engineers, musicians and writers there is a fervent belief at Blueprint that when any artist books into a studio it should be assumed that the equipment, rooms and staff are of the highest standard no matter where an artist or band are in their musical career. With this in mind Blueprint put a strong focus on supporting their own unsigned community, hospitality and inspiring creativity through the design of the studios and it’s enthusiastic, multi-skilled staff. Blueprint’s flexibility, ability to diversify and attention to detail has certainly paid off with an up to date client list looking like a who’s who of international artists and breeding ground for up and coming talent.

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