"Live Nation has purchased a controlling interest in Cuffe & Taylor, one of the UK’s fastest-growing promoters. The business, which was founded in 2009 by Daniel Cuffe and Peter Taylor, is focused on festivals and promoting artists in novel and non-traditional outdoor venues. Michael Rapino, Live Nation Entertainment President and CEO, said: “Our mission at Live Nation has never been clearer. We want to connect fans with the artists they love, and through this deal with Cuffe & Taylor we are able to offer fans in the UK more choices than ever before.”
Denis Desmond, Chairman of Live Nation UK, said: “We look forward to welcoming Cuffe & Taylor to the Live Nation team to expand our overall presence across the UK regional markets. Both Daniel and Peter will jointly head up the new venture with Live Nation and the existing Cuffe & Taylor team and continue to deliver exceptional experiences for artists and fans.”
"More than 82,000 people have already bought tickets for this summer’s series of gigs at Europe’s largest open-air arena, which includes headline shows by such stars as Britney Spears, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Il Divo and Gary Barlow. The record-breaking news comes just days before music legend Lionel Richie kicks-off Scarborough OAT’s summer season with a sell-out show on Tuesday. And with another 15 gigs to follow, Cuffe and Taylor, who have programmed events at the OAT since 2016, are hopeful more than 100,000 music fans will see a show at Yorkshire coast venue in 2018."
"All could be accommodated at the Spa. How can you get the best out of the Spa if operations conflict?..
"The only competition is The Spa which also enjoys council funding each year to operate and without the Futurist would attract more attractions hopefully reducing the current trading deficit...
"Scarborough needs a joined up ticketing policy in the town. Need all buildings to be able to sell tickets for all attractions. Nowadays 80% of ticketing is sold on the internet. If it isn’t easy top book, people often won’t bother.
"But looking at the Futurist – you can only throw so much time and money at it – it doesn't work. The physical site it is on – I don’t think it can be done. If you could knock back into the cliff and re-configure the stage – but there isn’t enough space to do this. The stage is too small and needs new access and a new proscenium arch. In the past we looked at a tiered site and this would have cost £30m ye
You would be better off starting somewhere else with a box – there's just not enough space to do a proper job.
DJ thanked Paul Gregg and said the Task Group valued his experience."
Meanwhile : "On 6 August 1999 Apollo accepted a takeover offer from the American entertainment corporation SFX for £158 million, because: "We were running a family business and suddenly we realised there were 5,000 people in the family... Gregg and his family owned 80% of the company, and received between them £126 million worth of shares and loan stock in SFX ..."
"Mr Guthrie’s firm, which used to own Pavilion Square before it was converted in to flats, has a net worth of £142 million after reporting profits of £6.1 million from £30.9 million worth of sales. His share sales and other assets, such as White Rose Finance, take his family’s worth to £155 million. Scarborough’s highest representative on the annual survey of Britain’s 1,000 richest people is former seafront shop worker Jack Dellal. The 88-year-old property tycoon, who once had a summer job at Sulmans in Scarborough, has dropped from 183 in the list to 201, though has maintained his wealth of £445 million. The Sunday Times states former banker Mr Dellal became a father for the ninth time in his late 70s, and showed his “prowess in the property market was undimmed” when his consortium sold Shell Mex House in London for £490 million a few weeks before the 2008 crash.
Next in the list is Scarborough-born businessman Paul Gregg, whose family netted £98 million when he sold Apollo Leisure, his bingo hall and theatre chain in 1999. Despite falling from 650th to 682nd Mr Gregg, 70, held on to his fortune of £110 million..."
"Cuffe & Taylor has revealed its future plans for Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre after successfully rejuvenating the seaside venue.
The promoter signed a five-year agreement in 2015 to run 12 shows a year at the North Yorkshire theatre, which was previously run in-house by the local council. Paul Gregg’s Apollo Resorts & Leisure originally operated the 1930s-built venue when it reopened in 2010..."
15 Golden Square? Awwwe we could once have been neighbours ;-) (insert your own)
"In a sense we have Michael Crawford to thank for David Ian. Had he not been so good in the long-forgotten 1974 musical Billy, based on the novel Billy Liar, 13-year-old audience member David Ian would never have decided there and then to work in the theatre... he was front man for a band that toured working men’s clubs, doing covers of songs from the hit parade. After an assortment of dead-end jobs, including working in a print factory (“nobody can get a cheeky quote past me on a poster”), he answered an ad in The Stage in 1983 for young singers to join a group to enter the Eurovision Song Contest.A year later The Stage also drew his attention to a year-long UK tour of The Rocky Horror Show and this time he hit the jackpot, landing the role of Rocky, the blond bombshell created by Frank N Furter. “I’d had no training, and I had no prospects. I had nothing to lose, so I went for it. I lived in the gym during the day, and did the show at night. Back in the 1980s, to be touring in The Rocky Horror Show was like being in a rock band. We were mobbed at the stage door every night.”
"Despite his inexperience, David Ian evidently cut the mustard because he was invited by Dave Clark, one of the creators of the West End musical Time, to understudy the lead role, played at the time by David Cassidy, one of Ian’s childhood heroes. When Cassidy left the show, Ian took over the lead for six months.
"Ian’s last performance was as Frederic in Joseph Papp’s revamp of The Pirates of Penzance at the London Palladium and on tour in 1989-90, with Paul Nicholas playing the Pirate King.
“I was in my late 20s and by that time I didn’t know where my career was going. I wasn’t really cut out for sitting around waiting for the phone to ring. I’m more entrepreneurial by instinct. My interest was always in the whole production, not just my performance. Paul Nicholas must have spotted that because he suggested we should collaborate on a producing project that turned out to be a revival of Jesus Christ Superstar.”
"But it was Ian’s next project with Paul Nicholas that put him on the map..."
"As if Ian’s career wasn’t already soaring to the heights, the biggest challenge was still ahead of him. His co-producer on Singin’ in the Rain, Apollo Leisure, had been bought up by the American giant Clear Channel, and the man in charge of its European operation, Paul Gregg, invited Ian to run its touring theatre side, later branded as Live Nation."
"It taught me responsibility to numbers, getting the right balance between art and commerce to a level I never would have achieved just by doing my own productions. If you’d told me an ex-chorus boy from The Rocky Horror Show was going to be running a Top Fortune 500 company and reporting to corporate America and getting away with it, I’d never have believed it in a million years!”
"there appeared to be nothing in the contract to say that Everyone Active would have a monopoly" on delivering lessons."
Ah, so ...
Baldrick!!! I have a cunning plan ... ;-))