Glasgow Talks: With Geoff Ellis


The future of the event industry

03 June 2021, 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm - delivered on Zoom                                                          

Webinar with the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce online

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Glasgow Talks will welcome Geoff Ellis, Chief Executive Officer of DF Concerts and Events as our May speaker to Glasgow Talks.

The pandemic has had a devastating impact on the Events industry, with in person events cancelled and still limited guidance on their return. However, we have seen government tests taking place in Liverpool on a return to live events. With that in mind, we are delighted to welcome Geoff from DF Concerts to reflect on how the pandemic has impacted the business and what he believes is required for the industry to move toward recovery and growth.

Geoff started his career as a permanent Entertainments Manager at Middlesex Polytechnic in London – the highlight being booking The Stone Roses for one of their first concerts in the capital. He then moved to the world famous Marquee Club before heading up to Glasgow  in 1992 to join DF Concerts as promoter of the company’s legendary venue King Tutt’s Wah Wah Hut. As the company rose to become one of the UK’s leading music promotion and event management companies, partially due to the creation of the T in the Park festival, Geoff’s progression in turn led to his appointment as Chief Executive in 2001.

As CEO of DF Concerts and Events, Geoff and his team are dedicated in bringing the very best live music and events to Scotland, and made T in the Park one of the largest and most innovative festivals in the world with huge International recognition.   Geoff heads up a multi skilled team that is as comfortable promoting Beyoncé, Take That, One Direction, The Killers, Eminem, AC/DC, The Eagles, Rihanna, Radiohead, The Stone Roses and Coldplay and the best emerging talent around as well as event managing Glasgow on Ice, The Papal Visit to Bellahouston Park and other events.   Glasgow Summer Sessions was created in 2013 and   the festival has continued to grow year on year attracting world class acts to the city.  

Geoff’s newest festival, TRNSMT, took place in July 2017 at Glasgow Green showcasing headliners Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro.  The event attracted over 110,000 attendees across 3 days. 

Geoff is an executive committee member of the UK Concert Promoters Association, a member of the Glasgow Tourism Leadership Group and Night Time Economy Commission and member of the fundraising committee for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland.

Glasgow Talks - supported by the Adam Smith Business School and the Clydesdale Bank - is the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce's series of business seminars featuring influential guest speakers drawn from the business and political elite.

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First published: 5 May 2021

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