Rockcomm to host special Festival Focus Q&A on Wacken Open Air Festival with its co-founder Thomas Jensen

Rockcomm London the new UK rock music conference taking place at Richmix in Shoreditch London on June 8th & 9th is pleased to announce that as part of its live music coverage it will be hosting a special Festival Focus and Q&A on one of the  biggest Metal and Rock Festivals in Europe Wacken Open Air Festival.

Rockcomm will be asking its co founder and co-owner  Thomas Jensen  from ICS  in a special Q&A as to how he has managed to grow and maintain one of the biggest and most successful rock & Metal festivals in Europe while also looking at its history from its conception to its current Sold Out  status of over 80,000 attendees annually.

Rockcomm Founder Seven Webster  said “We wanted to celebrate Wacken Festival at our inaugural event as it stands for everything that is great about rock music , a great Festival with a loyal community that trust the promoters to get it right year on year. A true success story and something we can all learn from.”

Rockcomm will also as part of its strong Live music focus  be hosting two two special Live music Panels at this years inaugural event in conjunction with the Musicians Union.

The panels will be moderated by Horace Trubridge  Assistant General Secretary of the Musicians Union and Dave Webster National Organiser of Live Performance from the Musicians Union and will feature a cast of Live Music aficionados including some of rock musics most influential booking agents  & promoters , Adam Saunders – Senior Booking agent  X Ray Touring whose roster includes the likes of Black Stone Cherry , Enter Shikari & Volbeat , Paul Ryan – Vice President -the Agency Group ( Bullet for my Valentine , Bring me the Horizon ) , Kai Harris – Director Advance Pomotions & Promoter of Takedown Festival , Jim Morewood– – Owner Eccentric Gent Org booking  agency (HIM , Devin Townsend) , , Ben Hylands – Owner IAA Agency (Arthur Brown , Lawnmower Deth , Sharon Richardson –  Factory Music Management & Booking agency (Exodus  , Sabaton , Accept)  Guillaume Reviellon – CEO Cartel Concerts (French booking agent and promoter for acts including Testament Cavelera Conspiracy , John Davis – Owner –Chic Festivals ( Promoter of Hard Rock Hell & Hammerfest Festivals) & Mark Davyd – CEO Music Venue Trust .


Other Paneiists also speaking at Rockcomm include

Dan Weller – Producer  /Artist (Sikth) ,Arthur Brown -Singer/Artist ( Crazy World of Arthur Brown), Arya Goggin (Artist -Skindred)  , Danny Bowes – Singer (Thunder ) & Manager ,Solid Music Management  ,Lee Morrison –  General Manager UK – Believe Digital Distribution , Alex Herron – Head  of Programming Scuzz TV / Chart Show , Paul Barton – General Manager Pledge Music Distribution UK , Ian Camfield – XFM Radio (Rock  Show) , Sophie K –DJ TeamRock Radio New bands show , Mandy Aubry – Fintage House (Music Publishing ) Don Jenkins – Raw Power Management  , Moose – Team Rock Radio , Roland Hyams – Owner – Work Hard PR , Nathan  Barley Philips – (Owner) Basick Records , Adam Sagir – (Managing Director )Noise Cartel PR , Alex Branson Managing director of Ingrooves distribution , Gideon Mountford – (Head of Video) Believe Digital Distribution , Anton Lockwood – Promotions director – DHP Family (Hit the Deck Festival) , Billy Andrson (CEO TeamRock), Scott Rowley (Editorial Director TeamRock/Classic Rock/Metal Hammer/Prog Magazine), Horace Trubridge (Assistant General Musicians Union), Mike Weatherley MP (Advisor to the Prime Minister & Founder of Rock the House), Dan Tobin (A&R Director Earache Records), Thomas Caser (Vice President Napalm Records), Dante Bonutto (Label/A&R Manager Spinefarm Records), Mark Palmer (Managing Director UK Nuclear Blast Records), Rob Ferguson (Owner Transcend Records), Arthur Brown (Singer/Artist), John Davis (Owner Chic Festivals, Hammerfest, Hard Rock Hell), Ian Richards (Promoter Academy Music Group), Kai Harris (Director Advance Promotions/Takedown Festival), Paul Ryan (Vice President The Agency Group), Adam Saunders (Senior Booking Agent X Ray Touring), Jim Morewood – Owner – Eccentric Gent Organisation Booking agency (HIM / Meshuggah), Sharon Richardson (Owner Factory Music Management booking agency), Ben Hylands (Owner IAA Booking Agency), Dan Devita – Booking Agent TKO (Skid Row / Ugly Kid Joe), Duff Battye – Owner Duff Press PR Company (Slash / Def Leppard), Keith Hagan – Co-owner SKH Music – US PR company (Volbeat, Bad Company), Andy Farrow – MD Northern Music (Management/Booking Agency/Merchandise), Tom Carson (Jagermeister Brand Manager), Andrew Sharland – Partner – Clintons – Music Lawyer, Ian Johnson Mythophonic Management (Worldwide manager of Enter Shikari), Mark Meharry – (CEO Music Glue), , Simon Winters – Prager and Fenton LLP accountants (Music Business accountants), Eugene Butcher (Owner/Publisher Big Cheese Magazine & Vive Le RockMagazine). Kylie Olsson – TV & Radio Presenter (Sky Arts / BBC TV / TeamRock radio) & Many more.


The conference will be held at the Richmix Cultural Foundation, 35/47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London, E1 6LA. Rich Mix is located in the heart of Shoreditch and Bethnal Green Road, close to the City with excellent transport links, on the doorstep of Shoreditch High Street station. ROCKCOMM LONDON will work to unite artists and companies from all sub genres, brands and sectors of the rock music community including Labels, Publishers, Managers, Distributors, Digital aggregators, Booking agents, Festival promoters, Media, Merchandisers, Equipment manufacturers and Suppliers, PR companies, Pluggers, Radio stations and all other aspects of the rock music community.


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About David Farrell

General Manager and 'THE' competition guy at Manager of The Goddanm Electric, Tour manager for Serpentine, and ex-general Dogsbody at Media partner to numerous bands. Also takes photos, writes reviews and likes classic rock, with a touch of thrash to get the blood flowing.