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Jeremy Ledlin – MusicTank

Jeremy Ledlin


Jeremy spent 16 years in the music industry during which time he has gained practical experience in many aspects live music:

Channelfly plc, Executive Director, 1999 – present.

Businesses owned by Channelfly plc:
·    The Barfly Clubs (from 1997 – present), London, Cardiff, Liverpool, Glasgow and Fibbers in York.  Founder director of these 5 live music venues. The Barfly Clubs quickly gained a formidable reputation amongst music lovers and the music business alike for booking the next big thing.  It was also hailed as the top London venue for emerging rock, pop and indie music by Radio 1 D.J. Steve Lamacq and Time Out magazine
·    SuperVision Artist Management: (including Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs, Bullet For My Valentine, Duels, Junior Senior, The Webb Brothers)
·    The Fly Music Magazine: ABC audited monthly distribution of 108,000 copies.
·    Stephen Budd Producer Management:  Managing over 50 record producers, including Arthur Baker, Rick Nowels and Steve Leroni.
·    Popex (www.popex.com). Spoof online stock market based on bands and artists.

About The Barfly Group:
The Barfly Club is one of the UK’s leading promoters of new live music.  It has built its reputation over the years by consistently booking exciting new bands and DJ’s who regularly go on to reach international stardom, and by guaranteeing quality music every night.  The Barfly Group currently consists of 5 live music venues: Barfly London, Cardiff, Liverpool Glasgow, and York Fibbers.

Time Out magazine recently described The Barfly as the place to “glimpse the stars of the future” and Radio One DJ Steve Lamacq also listed it as one of the top venues for emerging new rock, indie and alternative talent.

Barfly venues are open 6-7 days a week, usually featuring up to 3 bands a night. Clubs nights have also seen resurgence, with several of the venues operating post-gig club nights up to three nights a week. These club nights tend to attract famous faces keen to revisit their roots.

Barfly started promoting in London in 1996 with the premise of promoting new underground bands/artists in small venues of 200-250 people, and as a result the audience was made up of taste makers and enthusiasts in the music industry.  Barfly is still considered to be the best place to view the next big thing, and with its expansion into venues outside London, it has developed a strong team that can spot new artists worthy of recognition across the UK.

Barfly’s recent charity event, Passport, based on 21 ‘back to the bars’ live charity events by some of the biggest acts in the UK including Travis, The Cure, David Gray, The Darkness, Craig David, Lemar, Supergrass, Badly Drawn Boy, The Pet Shop Boys, Atomic Kitten, Sugababes, Starsailor, Spiritualised, Blazin’ Squad, Katie Melua, Ash, Amy Winehouse, Super Furry Animals and The Divine Comedy, proved that not only is there great interest in new acts looking to perform in our busy small venues, but there is an appetite amongst established acts to get closer to their fans by performing in small venues that they had left behind many years before.  All profits for these Passport events went to Warchild and Shelter.

Below are selected facts and figures outlining Barfly activity for this financial year.

·    The Barfly team book and promote more events (gigs and clubs) than any other live music promotions company in the UK.
o    52 events per week
o    225 events per month
o    2,704 per year

·    The Barfly team book and promote more live acts than any other live music promotions company in the UK
o    126 acts per week
o    546 acts per month
o    6,552 acts per year

·    Barfly annual ticket sales are equivalent to 3 sell out Glastonbury Festivals or as many tickets as Robbie Williams sold for his historic 3 shows at Knebworth in 2003
o    8,600 tickets per week
o    37,500 tickets per month
o    450,000 tickets per year

Some of the complete unknowns that Barfly have booked and promoted over the years are as follows:

·    Coldplay (2000)
·    Muse (2000)
·    Stereophonics (1997)
·    Elbow (2000)
·    The Strokes (2001)
·    Soulwax (2000)
·    Badly Drawn Boy (2000)
·    The Vines (2001)
·    Electric Six (2003)
·    The Darkness (2002)
·    Franz Ferdinand (2003)
·    The Polyphonic Spree (2002)
·    Travis (1996)
·    Feeder (1997)
·    Idlewild (2000)
·    The Electric Soft Parade (2000)
·    The Datsuns (2002)
·    Ash (1999)
·    Jack White (White Stripes) (2004)
·    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (2004)
·    Hot Hot Heat (2003)
·    Razorlight (2004)