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Troxy appoints Jools Butterfield as ops manager

London venue Troxy has announced the appointment of Lovebox founder Jools Butterfield as operations manager.

Butterfield, who brings more than 25 years of industry experience, was most recently senior festivals manager at Vision Nine, where he served as event manager for NASS festival and assistant event manager for Boardmasters festival. He was also central to the overall creation of the strategy and approach of all Vision Nine events.

Butterfield spent 15 years as Lovebox festival manager, latterly as part of Live Nation. He was also instrumental in the ongoing success of the promoter’s Citadel and Wilderness festivals.

“He is a wonderful asset to our venue family”

“Having spent many years working alongside Jools at MAMA & Company, I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome him into the Troxy fold. He is a wonderful asset to our venue family, says Simon Eaton, head of live at Troxy.

Butterfield will be responsible for ensuring the delivery and progression of the events schedule at the 3,100-cap venue, which hosts a special BRITs Week show by Damon Albarn for War Child this Sunday (20 February).

“I am absolutely delighted to be joining a venue with the rich cultural history of Troxy,” he says. “Going back numerous decades to the early 20th century, Troxy is interwoven into the fabric of London, a connection I am thrilled to be maintaining and expanding on.”


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UK Festival Awards shares census insights before 2018 event

Ahead of the 15th UK Festival Awards on Thursday 6 December, organisers have shared insights from this year’s UK Festival Market Report before its release in 2019.

The festival census, which surveys 15,000 people annually, reveals trends in consumer demographics, preferences and behaviour. The 2017 report can be read here.

Key findings of the 2018 Festival Market Report include:

“The UK festival census, conducted annually in conjunction with the UK Festival Awards’ public voting process, allows us to gain deep insights into festivalgoers’ behaviours and attitudes towards various aspects of live events,” comments awards manager Michael Baker.

“In early 2019 we’ll be releasing these findings in the form of the UK Festival Market Report, and on 6 December we will acknowledge the British public’s favourite festivals at the 15th annual UK Festival Awards at the Troxy in London.”

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Troxy becomes “world’s biggest mobile-only venue”

East London’s Troxy has agreed a ticketing deal with Dice, in a partnership the mobile ticket seller says makes it the “world’s biggest mobile-only venue”.

The 3,100-capacity venue, on Commercial Road in Stepney, follows Scala in King’s Cross and Islington Assembly in going mobile with Dice, whose app ties tickets to the mobile device from which they were bought, making unauthorised resale impossible.

Tom Sutton-Roberts, the Troxy’s GM, says: “We may be one of London’s oldest independent venues but we’re proud to say that we’re still standing strong. Teaming up with Dice showcases a new chapter for us.

“As the world’s biggest mobile-only venue, we’re embracing innovative technology that favours fans and artists to bring spectacular performances to our stage.”

Russ Tannen, UK managing director of Dice, adds: “We have to beat the touts. Troxy joining the Dice family is a big win for fans who won’t be seeing inflated prices at this iconic venue.”


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Carner, Rudge, Dickins honoured at MMF awards

South London rapper Loyle Carner was named best emerging live act at the Artist and Manager Awards at the Troxy in east London last night.

Carner took home the Dice live award, which recognises the best up-and-coming live act in the UK and Republic of Ireland, as chosen by a panel of 100 promoters, venues, journalists and broadcasters. Previous winners include Wolf Alice and Little Simz.

Other winners included Peter Rudge (The Who, The Rolling Stones, Duran Duran), who was presented with the Peter Grant award by agent and Isle of Wight Festival promoter John Giddings in recognition of his more than four decades in management; Adele manager Jonathan Dickins, who won the artist award; Zita McHugh, who collected the writer/producer manager of the year gong; and The 1975, who won artist of the year.

IE Music’s David Enthoven (Tyrannosaurus Rex, King Crimson, Roxy Music and, latterly and most famously, Robbie Williams) was posthumously awarded the industry champion prize, while Young Turks founder Caius Pawson was given the entrepreneur award.

Years and Years were named best breakthrough artist, and Stormzy’s manager, Tobe Unwuka, was recognised as breakthrough manager.

Now in their fifth year, the Artist and Manager Awards are jointly presented by the Music Managers Forum (MMF) and Featured Artists Coalition (FAC).


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Kerrang! Awards announce first live performances for 2016

Rock fans are being invited to participate in this year’s Kerrang! Awards after organisers of the event announced that they will include live performances for the first time in their 23-year history.

East London venue Troxy (it of Masquerave fame) will host the awards show on 9 June and Kerrang! says it has “called up some of our coolest megastar pals to arrange a very special live performance, which will be happening once the awards ceremony is over.”

As a result, a limited number of tickets are being made available on a first-come, first-served basis to fans, priced at £20 each for those just wanting to see the live performance or £25 to anyone who wants to be in the venue for the entire awards ceremony.

Although organisers have not revealed the identity of the performers, the event has earned a reputation for attracting some of the biggest names in rock. Last year the likes of Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson collected awards, while in previous years rock royalty such as Metallica, Anthrax, Rage Against The Machine, 30 Seconds to Mars, Slipknot and Biffy Clyro, among many others, have attended the event.

Tickets for the ceremony are available via Kerrang! publisher Bauer Media Group’s ticket store, Aloud.com.

‘Masquerave’ for male cancer at the Troxy

Troxy in east London will this month host an evening of live dance music aimed at raising awareness of male cancer.

The black-tie Masquerave, organised by cancer charity One for the Boys and carmaker Fiat, will feature DJ sets by Faithless, Eats Everything, Tom Findlay of Groove Armada, Jamie xx, Jillionaire, Seth Troxler, Catchment, Patrick Topping and yet-to-be-announced surprise guest, while in attendance will be “DJs, dance legends and celebrities getting together to show their support, inviting the public to raise money for the fight against male cancer”.

Tickets for the Saturday 30 April event are available now for £42.50 per person or £580 for a VIP table for four.

The independently owned Troxy (pictured), an art-deco former cinema opened in 1933, is a multi-purpose music and events venue with a capacity of 3,100 for live music.

Here’s the line-up as it stands:

Masquerave, Fiat, One for the Boys, Troxy, Stepney, London, 30 April