Keynotes with John Giddings (Solo Promotions & Agency), Mark Mulligan (MIDiA Research) and Eelko van Kooten (ex Spinnin’ Records) confirmed for ESNS 2020. Additionally a special beer crate session with Thomas Jepsen (Wacken Open Air) has been added to the programme.

John Giddings (Solo Promotions & Agency)
John Giddings is Managing Director of Solo Promotions and Agency and responsible for tours by the TheRolling Stones, Madonna, U2, David BowieCeline Dion and Phil Collins, amongst others. John also promotes the Isle of Wight Festival. After graduating from Exeter University in the early 70s John was turned down by every record company for a job; so reluctantly he became an agent at M.A.M., eventually graduating onto The Boomtown Rats, Ramones, and Iggy Pop, who is still a client.

After forming TBA International with Ian Wright in the early 80s, Giddings went solo in 1987, venturing into Stadium Touring and eventually was offered the opportunity to re-create the now very successful Isle of Wight Festival of the late 90s; which has seen the likes of The Rolling Stones, Muse, Snow Patrol, Bruce Springsteen, Queen and Amy Winehouse grace the stage. Last year’s festival included headliners Depeche Mode and The Killers.

Mark Mulligan (MIDiA Research)
Mark Mulligan is a long term music industry analyst and the Managing Director of MIDiA Research, an analysis and data company focused on the intersection of media and technology. MIDiA is established as the go-to source for analysis, data and insight on the digital music market. For the last twenty years Mark has been a leading voice in the digital music market, working with all the key players from creators and rights holders right through to music services and tech companies.

Previously, Mark spent eleven years working in senior research roles at Jupiter Research and Forrester Research. Mark is the author of the industry leading blog Music Industry Blog. He is also the author of ‘Awakening: The Music Industry In The Digital Age’ the definitive account of the rise of the digital music market.

Eelko van Kooten (ex Spinnin’ Records)
Eelko van Kooten and his partner Roger de Graaf successfully sold their Spinnin’ Records to Warner Music in September 2017. There was a lot of speculation about the exact amount of money Warner Music paid for the dance label with a high international profile. Van Kooten and De Graaf never told the press how much they got for their company, but the rumours say it’s around 100 million dollars. Roger stayed on as CEO but Eelko left the company. At ESNS 2020 Eelko van Kooten will talk about how he built his company and give an inside on the process of selling your company to a major.

Special beer crate session with Thomas Jensen (Wacken Open Air) – part II
Thomas Jensen founded Wacken Open Air festival with some friends in 1990. He later founded Stone Castle Rock with Holger Hübner, as well as the Wacken Foundation, which is a non-profit foundation dedicated to support young bands and funding projects such as albums or tours. The ICS network was formed a few years later, which now covers all areas of live entertainment – from the record label to a music publisher, Internet TV, radios, music management, event promotion and artist bookings.

During his first Beer Crate Session in 2018, after one hour Thomas was only in 1996. That’s why he’s taking the seat again to pick up where he left 2 years ago and cover the rest.