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VIP- News - August 2011DF Concerts – Live on All Levels in ScotlandAllan McGowan am@vip-booking.comEvery now and then VIP-News will take alook at the activities of some of Europe’sbest known promotion companies. Manyof these enterprises are involved witha much wider range of events than youmight think, and are extremely busy people!In this issue we take a look at the activitiesof Scotland’s DF Concerts.DF was founded in Dundee as Dance FactoryConcerts, and is one of Scotland’sthree major promoters. For a time DF wasmajority-owned by Irish promoter DenisDesmond’s Dublin company, Gaiety Investments,but in April 2008 Desmond sold hiscompany’s 67% holding to US entertainmentgiant Live Nation, which acquiredthe stake through LN-Gaiety Holdings, itsUK joint venture with Desmond. Geoff Ellisand promoter Simon Moran retained theremaining 33% shareholding in DF andthe Company still retains the image andethics of an independent promoter, operatingfrom club level right through to majorfestivals. The Company owns and manageslegendary, and imaginatively namedGlasgow club, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut,promotes major international acts, suchas Take That, AC/DC, The Eagles, Coldplayand Jay-Z around the country and is responsiblefor one of Europe’s leading openair events, T in the Park, plus The EdgeFestival (originally T on the Fringe) whichcombines forces with the Edinburgh ComedyFestival to bring Music and Comedytogether at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.The current CEO of DF Concerts is G e offEllis, originally from Manchester, he joinedDF in 1992 to run King Tut’s Wah Wah Clubwhich had opened in Glasgow’s St VincentStreet two years earlier, his office is stillabove the club. Since then King Tut’s hasbecome one of the most popular musicvenues in the country. Geoff Ellis told VIP-Newsabout the history and the presentsuccess of“Since opening in 1990 our ethos has beento use King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut as a platformfor unsigned and up and comingbands as well as showcasing some of thehottest talent from around the globe. Artistssuch as Radiohead, Coldplay, Snow Patrol,The Killers, Florence and the Machineand Oasis, who were famously signed atthe venue in 1993, all played in King Tut’sin the early part of their careers.”Currently the Club is absolutely centralto the ‘Your Sound’ initiative to promoteunsigned acts in Scotland and King Tut’sRecords. Both of these ventures form anessential part of DF’s overall plan to developthe music scene in Scotland.Ellis considers it a testament to the hardwork and professionalism of the King Tut’steam that many bands continue to returnto play in the venue, including some thatare now headlining their own stadiumshows and festivals. For the venue’s 20thBirthday the Manic Street Preachers andPaulo Nutini returned to perform and BiffyClyro presented the venue with a birthdaycake.King Tut’s prides itself on the level of serviceit provides both bands and customerswith food (always important in Scotland!)being a very important part of the business.The venue’s chefs are dedicated tomaintaining very high standards whenfeeding touring artists or providing seasonalmenus for the customers. This hasled to another extension of the businesswith the recent development of King Tut’sCatering, which provides catering servicesto a wide range of clients from weddingsand corporate events to crew and artistcatering at other venues including the O2Academy and S.E.C.C.Ellis continues, “King Tut’s Wah Wah Hutstaff have always had a great camaraderiewith many becoming close friends overthe years. I think this has a big impact onthe welcoming atmosphere the venue has.DF Concert’s own King Tuts Wah Wah Hutand our staff continually work with thosein King Tut’s as part of a wider team. We allknow each other and some of our currentstaff in the DF office previously worked inKing Tut’s. In fact, I met my wife when shewas managing the venue!”The Club was recently nominated as theUK’s Best Small Venue by music magazineNME. Ellis told VIP what he thought of this.“Being at the forefront of live music inScotland whilst remaining an exceptionalvenue for our customers is somethingwe take great pride in. I am very proud ofeveryone at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut andpleased with this recognition, which followson from similar awards from Radio 1and Radio Clyde.”Festivals:King Tut’s Wah Wah HutT in the Park is definitely DF’s flagshipevent, being responsible for more thanhalf of the company’s turnover. It was acknowledgedin the Scottish Parliamentsome years ago that the event contributedsome £13 million to the country’s economy.The risk that Ellis and his partners20VIP-BOOKING.COM

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