Live scene's unsung heroes championed in INDIE50 list

Live scene's unsung heroes championed in INDIE50 list

Some of the most influential, unsung heroes of the UK’s independent live music scene have been recognised in the inaugural INDIE50.

Following an open, public nomination phase earlier in the year, the judging panel, including BBC 6 Music’s Tom Ravenscroft and Pitchfork’s Laura Snapes, deliberated the final 50, which is featured in full below.

The list takes in promoters such as Eat Your Own Ears and Field Day founder Tom Baker, Tramlines festival booker Kate Hewett, SBTV’s Jamal Edwards, Femi Adeymi of online radio hub NTS; and label founders including Simon Williams of Fierce Panda. It also includes Nathan Clark of Leeds Brudenell Social Club, Jeff Horton of London’s The 100 Club; and Kathianne Hingwan, general manager of Dalston’s Vortex Jazz Club. 

Dave Newton, co-founder of WeGotTickets, the company behind the award, said:  "We started out in 2000 as a small ticketing company working on local gigs in Oxford. We now work with thousands of venues and promoters across the UK, and we’ve seen first hand, time and time again, the effect that certain individuals can have on a local scene. INDIE50 is all about celebrating those people and giving them some recognition on a national level.”

Also announced is the INDIE50 photographic exhibition, Don’t Be A Dick – an exhibition of the WeGotTickets INDIE50, launched on September 1 and runs until September 8 at 71a Gallery in London.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a limited edition Zine, titled, Don’t Be A Dick – people & stories from behind the scenes of independent music, produced by photographer Dan Wilton and journalist Josh Jones. All will be available online at as of the exhibition launch. 

"Josh and I spent a week travelling the country to meet, photograph and interview the INDIE50,” explained Wilton. “To say it was an eye opening experience is an understatement. The passion and sense of community that underscores the country’s independent live scene, that gives grass roots music a platform, really shone through. We were on a really tight schedule so we didn’t have long with each person - the fact we wished we could have had a pint with many of them speaks volumes to the individual people that make the scene what it is." 

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Alex Murray - Promoter, One Inch Badge

Alice Passey - Owner, Servant Jazz Quarters

Amanda Stanley & Stacey Walton - Co-Founders, TYCI

Camille Rearden - Independent Promoter

Caroline Simionescu-Marin - Editor, GRM Daily / A&R Manager, XL Recordings

Chris Bye - Music Manager, The Arts Council

Chris Horkan - Promoter, Hey Manchester / Editor, Manchester Wire

Chris Tipton - Promoter, Upset The Rhythm

Craig Johnston - Booker, King Tuts

Daniel Monsell - Promoter, Rockfeedback

Dominique Frazer - Founder/Director, The Boileroom

Dylan Clarke - Booker, The Brook

Ed Lilo - Head of Venues, London for DHP

Emma Daman Thomas - Curator and Designer, Shape

Femi Adeymi - Founder, NTS

Grainne Braithwaite - Promoter, Synergy Concerts

Howard Monk - Promoter, The Local

Immy Doman & Risa Tabatznik - Managers, The Green Note

Jamal Edwards - Founder, SBTV

Jeff Horton - Owner, The 100 Club

Jeffrey Johns - Individual

Jess Partridge - Editor, London in Stereo

Jodie Layton - Co-owner, Space Station and Brixton Beach Boulevard

Joe Caithness - Co-Founder, JT Soar, Subsequent Mastering & Second Stage Audio

Joe Grant - Founder, Be Nothing Concerts

Joel Thompson - Booker, The Cluny

John Rostron - Co-Founder, Swn Festival & The Welsh Music Prize

Jon Hillcock - Presenter, BBC 6 Music / Podcaster

Jon Wickstead & Wesley Jones - Founders, Now Wave

Jules Bigg - Owner, Ramsgate Music Hall

Julian Deane - Founder, Raygun Management

Kate Hewett - Booker, The Harley & Tramlines Festival

Kathianne Hingwan - General Manager, Vortex Jazz Club

Liam Jolly - Promoter, SW1 Productions

Loretta DeFéo - Booker, The Sebright Arms

Nathan Clark - Owner, The Brudenell Social Club

Rachel Aggs - Band Leader / Manager, Power Lunches

Ronan Munro - Founder/Editor, Nightshift Magazine

Rupert Morrison - Owner, The Drift

Sarah Cole - Promoter, Supercharged

Simon Baker - Promoter, Green Mind

Simon Catling - Booker, Soup Kitchen

Simon Williams - Founder, Fierce Panda Records

Steve 'Revo' Miller - Promoter, EVOL

Tallah Brash - Marketing Manager/Booker, Electric Circus

Thristian Richards - Co-Founder, Boiler Room

Tom Baker - Founder, Eat Your Own Ears & Field Day

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