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Tony Moore – Musician, Broadcaster and Concert Promoter; Founder, Kashmir Klub – MusicTank

Tony Moore - Musician, Broadcaster and Concert Promoter; Founder, Kashmir Klub

Tony Moore’s background in the music industry has been eclectic and diverse to say the least. The first band he joined was (the then unknown) Iron Maiden. He eventually left because he knew they would never make it. He then began working with Brian James (from The Damned) releasing a single on RADAR records and touring in support to Black Sabbath and The Stranglers before moving on to join a progressive rock band called England. In the early 80s he formed his own group called Radio Java and made an album at Abbey Road Studios that spawned a number one hit single in Holland before disbanding after the label closed down.

1986 Tony was invited to play keyboards with a new band called Cutting Crew who then went on to have a massive worldwide hit with the classic “I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight”. For two more years he toured the world and recorded with the band until it felt time to move on, at which point he signed a solo deal with a small independent label in London. He released one single to critical acclaim (including airplay from Bob Harris) before joining forces with Argentine singer/songwriter Marie Claire D’ubaldo. He co-wrote and co-produced tracks for her debut album on Polydor records that sold over 250,000 worldwide.

1997 Tony established the legendary Kashmir Klub in London. The formula of providing an incredible sound system, sourcing the best of emerging and established artists, hosting the show – like live TV – and getting everyone to perform in an acoustic and “back to basics” format, quickly made the Klub into one of the most important and compelling venues in London.

Over its seven year history Tony introduced debut London performances from Damien Rice, Tom Baxter, Lucie Silvas, KT Tunstall as well as unannounced sets from Sheryl Crow, Dave Stewart, Fleetwood Mac, Nik Kershaw, and many more. The Kashmir closed in 2003 after the building was re-developed.

July 2003 He took over running and booking all the music at The Bedford in Balham. The venue, under his musical stewardship, has grown into an award winning location. In 2004 it won Best Pub in the country, it has twice won the best pub and club award as well as the Evening Standard pub of the year.

For the last eighteen months Tony has also co-presented an overnight show on BBC London 94.9fm where he has brought live music guests into the studio and championed the cause of new talent to an ever growing audience, establishing a persuasive platform to experience the very best musical creativity around.

2004 Tony Moore was made the sole Inductee into the MMF (Music Managers Forum) Roll of Honour for outstanding contribution to the British Music Industry.