Festival Republic has hired former promotions director for MAMA Group Jon McIldowie, who will replace Neil Pengelly as the music booker for Reading & Leeds Festivals.
McIldowie, who joins the London-based team on a full-time basis, has worked across festivals including Lovebox and Wilderness, as well as co-founding The Great Escape festival and convention.
McIldowie said: “After 12 incredible years with MAMA it’s time for a new challenge. I’ve grown up with Reading & Leeds and look forward to joining the team at Festival Republic to play a part in the next chapter of one of the world’s most important live music events.”
Melvin Benn, managing director of Festival Republic said: “I am very pleased to announce that Jon will be joining the team at Festival Republic and taking Reading & Leeds Festivals forward into 2013 and beyond.
“This is an exciting time for the festivals, with a fresh look for next year, and I can’t wait to start working with Jon to ensure both Reading & Leeds remain the highlight of the festival season for many years to come.”