Six Questions With... Tom Paine of Love Saves The Day

Six Questions With... Tom Paine of Love Saves The Day

Welcome to the latest edition of Six Questions With..., a short and sharp interview with a live music figure. Email if you would like to take part or put someone forward for inclusion. 

This week's Q&A is with Tom Paine of Team Love, organiser of Bristol festival Love Saves The Day. 

What was your first job in music?

Difficult to say. I was working in a fairly infamous Bristol venue known as the Arc Bar back when I was a student - that was my first introduction to the Bristol music scene - and certainly the dance music here in the city, but strictly speaking all I was doing was pulling pints. My first real bona fide job in the 'industry' would have been as a tea boy in the production office of the Dance Village at Glastonbury. I did a lot of laminating that year - but I totally fell in love with working behind the scenes at a festival...

How long have you been in your current role?

We (my partner in crime Dave and I) were trying to work this out the other day. Strictly speaking, we think Team Love began in 2008 - again at Glastonbury - but both of us were working other jobs still which took up most of our time. I was about to start working with a BMX Park called Motion and turning it into a club, whilst Dave was running Futureboogie. I guess it all became a little bit more full time and professional when we launched Love Saves The Day in 2012. 

What is your favourite thing about working in the live music industry?
Sometimes it's a little hard to see the wood for the trees, but when you do get those moments of clarity you realise what a lucky bunch of girls and boys we are to be doing a job that we love in music, that so many other people would kill to be doing. I love having the full awareness of what it has taken to make a big show happen, all the different yet essential moving parts that come together at the right time that a big band or DJ steps onto the stage, lights go up, crowd noise erupts... It always sends little shivers down the spine.
What is the one thing you would like to change about the live business?
Very little to be fair. I think as we have got older and more 'successful' we have become more aware of the 'business' side of things which, to be honest, we aren't very good at, and don't really care for.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Apart from putting on East 17 at Glastonbury, where everyone laughed at me for suggesting it, then 20,000 people turned up to try and see them in our 1,500-capacity tent?
What is the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Apart from the above, Radiohead in 1997. Pyramid Stage; my first ever Glasto; right at the front; never felt anything like it before.
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