Workshop: The 10 commandments for production heaven

Saturday 7 March 2015
11:30 – 12:30
Room 4
Hosts: Bryan Grant, Britannia Row (UK) & Carl A H Martin, (UK)

With the ILMC Production Meeting (IPM) an established part of the ILMC schedule, this dedicated workshop session aims to provide promoters, agents, venues and managers with a rundown of ten top tips to make productions safer, more efficient and cheaper. Expect an upbeat 60 minutes as Britannia Row’s Bryan Grant and IPM stalwart Carl A H Martin distill decades of experience along with key findings from this year’s IPM. With insight from across the production community included, expect a memorable workshop on saving money, lives and perhaps even your sanity…

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About Bryan Grant:
Bryan Grant has been in the music business since 1971 mainly in audio but with short stints as manager and tour manager. He’s been a director of Britannia Row Productions since 1979, having bought it off The Floyd in 1984.

Britrow has been in the forefront of live sound for 40 years, with tours by acts such as Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Foo Fighters, Robbie Williams, Kasabian and Sam Smith; plus events such as Live 8, the Gold and Diamond jubilees, several Olympic events, WOMAD and Chime for Change.

The company supplies audio equipment and crews for events throughout the world from its base in London, employing around 100 people.

About Carl A H Martin:
Using his vast experience and knowledge gained during what seems like two lifetimes in the event industry, Carl A H Martin is now a consultant advising people on the design, build and operation of venues, from the smallest community centre up to arenas and stadia worldwide.

He was actively involved in the design, build and full operation of The SECC in Glasgow, Scotland; the Sheffield, Manchester and Newcastle arenas in England; Oberhausen Arena in Germany; Shah Alam indoor stadium in Malaysia; Budapest Arena in Hungary; Zagreb and Split arenas in Croatia; Torino in Italy; and Lagos in Nigeria, plus various stadia in the UK, Qatar, Hungary, Eire, France and Belgium.

Alongside this involvement, Martin has, recently, been site coordinator for Sir Paul McCartney in Budapest, Hungary; Cardiff, Wales; Warsaw, Poland; and Vienna, Austria. He was also the site coordinator for both Madonna and George Michael in Budapest; Lucca in Italy and Manchester, England; and last but not least, the promoter’s site coordinator for Roger Waters’ The Wall presentation in Budapest, Hungary.

In the summer of 2014 Martin was venue director of a 2000-capacity Brazil 2014 Fan Zone in Doha, Qatar which was built specifically to allow football from the World Cup to be viewed in the summertime temperatures... result: undersold but very successful.

Finally, for various reasons he also became involved with festivals a few years ago, mainly in Eastern Europe and now, he happily gives of his time where it is most useful…