The Music Consortium’s Review of the Year 2017

Before we start here’s wishing you all a happy and prosperous New Year.

So what did 2017 bring to The Music Consortium’s table? Lots of change that’s what. We launched a shiny new web site, we took on more staff, Hull UK City of Culture, lots of new clients, lots of growth, lots of Horses, exploding cars, hanging around cemeteries at night and for Spike, ninety days working on shows and events in and around Dublin with Deadly Dave, Rona, Sam & The Hammer Lad.

Hull UK City of Culture provided us with some interesting work for various clients new and old. We worked with Ground Control on the opening ceremony, massive projections on the side of The Deep, Circa Performance artists swinging in the trees above a cemetery, more flying with Peter Pan in the relaunched New Theatre and looked after the Robots for the ‘Where do we go from here’ finale. We have developed a great team over in Hull from the last year, big shout out to them, thank you.

We hit the ground running as the festival season kicked in with Mark and Rona covering Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Hull, alongside Slam Dunk in Leeds with Greg & Chantel. In true ‘silly season’ style as they both happened to be on the same weekend. The pressure was on from the start of the Summer and we had to keep our foot to the floor right up until we did Pzyk Fest in Liverpool for Craig and Tom (not a bad chap for a “blue nose”) at the end of September. The Music Consortium provided its unique brand of Event Services to over twenty different Festivals of various capacities all over Europe. These included, in no particular order; The Big Weekend (Hull), Slam Dunk (Leeds), Latitude, Leeds Festival, Lollapalooza (Berlin), Longitude, Electric Picnic, Punchestown, Download, Parklife, Ramblin Man, Wilderness, Secret Garden Party, Cropredy, Freedom Festival, Pzyk Fest. With more to come in 2018, it’s shaping up to be our busiest year yet.

Overall 2017 was another big step in the right direction for The Music Consortium. It felt like we didn’t stop, and thinking about it, we didn’t. Our list of clients has grown, the workload has grown, as ever and we’ve expanded the team. Our challenge for 2017 was to keep pushing forward and keep this momentum going and that’s exactly what we’ve done. We’re very excited at what lies ahead in 2018.

Hey big boy what about the Exploding Cars? Sorry, nearly forgot, Sam, Greg, twenty odd crew and Spike did the Liverpool International Horse Show in er… Liverpool. On New Years Eve, just before the start of the last event, a car went on fire in the Multi Story Car Park. This meant we had to evacuate the Horses, who had stables on the basement level and clear the arena as the car park sits over the access ramp for trucking and plant. All 1400 cars that were in the car park were lost and at the height of the fire you could hear cars exploding every thirty seconds or so. Spike’s car was scrapped and given to the salvage company in a bin bag, as all that was left was a pile of ash.

In closing I would like to say is big thank you to everyone who’s worked with us over the last year and to all our clients for using TMC, it’s been great. We look forward to working with you in 2018.

See you all soon in the corner of a field or arena somewhere in Europe.

TMC Team x