EVER fancied yourself as the next Brian Epstein?

Do you think you could unearth a big band and organise sell-out concerts?

Two online masterclasses run by Worthing’s Atom Promotions could help you realise that dream.

In a bid to ensure the live music industry bounces back stronger after the coronavirus pandemic, the company has organised two online events with some of Britain’s best concert promoters to help foster new talent.

“The mission of the promoter masterclass series is to educate new, upcoming promoters and the wider music industry during the lockdown,” an Atom Promotions spokesman said.

Conal Dodds of Crosstown Concerts will run an online masterclass at 11am on July 27 on how to build a career as a concert promoter.

After ruling out a life of manual labour, Mr Dodds became a promoter and eventually helped run one of Britpop’s defining events – two sell-out, 125,000-capacity Oasis concerts at Knebworth in Hertfordshire in 1996.

Taking place a year after the release of their hit 1995 album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory, the star-studded shows represented the Manchester band at the peak of their powers.

The Argus: Experienced concert promoter Conal Dodds will speak at the online masterclassExperienced concert promoter Conal Dodds will speak at the online masterclass

Four years ago Mr Dodds set up Crosstown Concerts, promoting acts including singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey, Scottish rockers Snow Patrol and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

He will be joined in the masterclass by John Rostron, executive chairman of the Association of Independent Promoters industry body.

“Join Conal Dodds as he takes you through his incredible career as a concert promoter,” said an Atom spokesman.

“He’ll share how to be resilient during the current crisis and how live music can make a return.”

Then at 11am on July 31 the men behind two of Britain’s most successful promotions companies will talk about what the future holds for the music industry and how promoters should tackle upcoming challenges.

Maz Tappuni from Communion Presents, which represents artists including Sam Fender, Lewis Capaldi and Bastille, will speak at the online class.

The Argus: Maz Tappuni, of promoter Communion MusicMaz Tappuni, of promoter Communion Music

He will be joined by Clemence Godard from Bird On The Wire, which began as a mini-festival in London in 2009 and now represents artists including singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco, art pop star Angel Olsen and experimental quartet Black Midi.

Mr Rostron from the Association of Independent Promoters will also speak at the event.

“Join Maz Tappuni and Clémence Godard as they look at the future of live music,” an Atom spokesman said.

“They’ll share the trade secrets behind their success and what concert promoters need to know now.”

The online masterclasses are free and will be presented on the Association of Independent Promoters’ Facebook and YouTube pages.

They will be jointly hosted by Atom Promotions and the association.

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