Six Questions With... Keiran Sharples of Manchester's Gorilla

Six Questions With... Keiran Sharples of Manchester's Gorilla

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

This week's Q&A is with Keiran Sharples, programming manager of Gorilla Club in Manchester. Upcoming acts at the venue include K Flay, Battles, Rick Astley, The Brand New Heavies, Tokio Myers, Ezra Collective and Amyl & The Sniffers. 

What was your first job in music?

I guess it was when I started DJing in bars and small clubs in Bolton. Not a job in music per se, but it was certainly doing that which sparked a desire to want to do more in the industry.

How long have you been in your current role?

Just over three years.

What is your favourite thing about working in the live music industry?

I’m a music fan anyway of course so being in a sort of inner circle and working with DJs, producers and bands I’m a huge fan of is unbelievable. It’s also amazing to see so many people really enjoying themselves at an event I have helped create.

What is the one thing you would like to change about the business?

The amount of cash it costs to put on events is getting obscene now. Fees seem to be going up exponentially and it will end up forcing promoters to raise their ticket prices and frustrating the customers. You never know it could hit a plateau but it doesn’t seem likely.  

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

I would say being able to meet heroes of mine and have them really enjoy themselves at the venue. It’s also great to get young new promoters in and to watch them blossom and grow amongst Manchester’s scene.

What's the best gig you’ve ever been to?
In Gorilla, Kerri Chandler earlier this year, a sell-out all-night set as part of my Augmented series of events. Outside Gorilla, Kasabian closing Glastonbury 2014. What more do you need!

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