September 1, 2016
Earlier this year online ticketing brand WeGotTickets announced the launch of INDIE50, a new campaign celebrating the unsung heroes furthering live music at a grassroots level in the UK. The list of 50 selected individuals promised to salute the people who, away from the limelight, work tirelessly to cultivate the UK’s indie landscape, advancing regional scenes and creating platforms for emerging talent.
Friday 2nd Sept sees the opening of the Indie50 exhibition at the 71A Gallery in London’s Shoreditch. Acclaimed music photographer Dan Wilton (whose previous subjects include James Blake, Dizzee Rascal, Caribou) was commissioned to shoot each of the INDIE50 participants within their natural habitat, and travelled across the length and breadth of the UK to capture this vital and varied community of behind-the-scene-ers.
A number of significant Scottish names are included in this impressive list of winners who work behind the scenes in some of the most successful venues and live music agencies across the country.
GRAINNE BRAITHWAITE founder of the musically boundary-pushing Synergy Concerts.
AMANDA STANLEY and STACEY WALTON, two members of the breakthrough feminist arts and music collective TYCI.
CRAIG JOHNSTON the booking agent of a venue that needs no introduction, the world famous Glasgow institution King Tut’s.
TALLAH BRASH of Edinburgh’s Electric Circus.
As one of the most vibrant and fertile music scenes in the UK Glasgow is a prime community to find hard-working and passionate individuals working behind the scenes to sustain what TIME magazine refers to as “Europe’s Secret Capital of Music”. It comes as no surprise to find dedicated music professionals in the heart of Glasgow’s musical community who would be considered leaders amongst 50 of the best and brightest talents the UK has to offer.