Industry Interviews

NMC Guest: Charlotte (Events Manager & BIMM Student)

How long have you been active in the north east music scene and what do you do?
I’ve been going to gigs since I was around 12, but the first concert I organised myself was when I was 14. I’ve been putting on gigs in Newcastle and working in/at events for around 5 years, and I now work as a Music Journalist for Quite Great PR and study Events Management at BIMM Manchester, but plan to be home for festival season. I currently run online concerts for BIMM and work as Head of Events for BIMM Radio but hope to be putting gigs on as soon as things open up again.

How did you become involved in music and what have you done to get where you are today?
My first gig was a charity fundraiser at The Globe which allowed me to start booking gigs at Think Tank. I’ve spent the last few years networking as much as possible, working with companies and festivals such as SSD Concerts, Curious Arts and Tipping Point Live to get my foot in the door with the local music scene.

What advice would you offer to others looking to be more involved in music?
Speak to as many people as possible and take every opportunity you’re given. There’s no point in being shy and most people involved in the music industry are really friendly anyway, the worst someone will do is say “no” and even then they may know other people who can help you.

What are your favourite things about the north east music scene? Are there any particular highlights from your experiences?
I love the community feel of the industry and the great range of events and festivals that we have, working as a stage hand at Hit The North at Riverside and as a box office assistant at This Is Tomorrow Festival have been some of my highlights.

Where can others find out more about your work and how can they get in touch?
You can find me on LinkedIn (just search Charlotte Bredael) or you can check out my online gigs ‘Freshly Locked-Up’ on Facebook, @BIMMRadio on Instagram and follow my blog @NewMusicPF on Twitter.
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