LONDON (VIP NEWS) — The head of music at London`s Roundhouse is moving on to launch his own bookings and events business, GOAT Music.
Dave Gaydon booked more than 1,000 shows into the 3,100-capacity main space during his time in charge, as well as multiple bookings in the smaller performance spaces. He also managed the BBC Electric Proms for five years and was instrumental in securing the iTunes Festival and Mercury Awards for the venue.
Initially employed as a programming consultant at the venue in February 2007, the role of head of music was created soon afterwards following a management restructure.
“I can honestly say that I have loved every moment of my eight years at the Roundhouse," said Gaydon. "It has been an incredible journey to see how the venue has grown, the hundreds of amazing shows each year and of course the opportunity to work with some extraordinary young talent.
"I will miss The Roundhouse immensely but I am excited to be starting something new with GOAT, and will continue to work with the Roundhouse’s young artists as well as all the brilliant artists, managers, agents and promoters I have been fortunate enough to work with on the main space shows.”
He is launching GOAT with business partner Lou Birkett, an events specialist and former member of the Roundhouse events team. Gaydon has been running his consultancy work alongside his Roundhouse role for many years and has decided now is the time to focus fully on building this new talent booking, programming, venue consultancy and events business.
GOAT`s current projects include Jamie Oliver’s Big Feastival, Sounds in the Grounds at Warwick Castle, Underbelly’s Rugby World Cup Fanzone, devising a new international festival property launching in 2016 and advising on the development of a major new venue.
Jane Beese, currently head of contemporary music at the Southbank Centre, will succeed Gaydon at the Roundhouse in September.