Universal Music UK’s blog on music, the music news stories which interest us most and the wider issues which affect our business. Some food for thought we hope.
Karen Simmonds - UMSM MD
A Tuesday evening in mid-September found me in Shoreditch at the opening of the Nirvana Exhibition, to celebrate the 20th anniversary edition of Nevermind.
The third and final day of Reading 2011 was by far its busiest. The main road leading up to the festival was jam packed with thousands of festival goers eager to get a prime spot infront of the main stage.
The team from Umusic were back at Reading festival for day two and grateful for the the great weather. Eager fans gathered despite the poor weather on Friday
Friday at Reading Festival 2011 began with heavy rain but spirits couldn't be dampened by the weather. Bands across Universal's labels had made the trip to the muddy site to perform for over 85,000 fans.
The August Bank Holiday is fast approaching and for a lot of us at Universal Music that means one thing: the weekend of the Reading and Leeds festivals. We will be blogging from the Reading site all weekend so keep checking back to see what we get up to, which bands we're watching and the occasional weather update.
Paul Smernicki - Director of Digital, Universal Music UK
This week I spoke at Wired’s Future of Music event with Michael Breidenbruecker (founder of RJDJ) and Imogen Heap.
Courtney Buck - Intern, Urban Development
Utalks are a series of informal sessions to give people interested in and around music the chance to speak to people working on the frontline. Hosted by staff at Universal Music, this is only the fourth of its kind, although Universal is planning to host more throughout the year. For this edition Utalks comes to UDHQ at the Three Mills Studios in East London.
Olivia Whatley-Hobbs - Digital Marketing, Polydor
A big part of what we do is collecting content such as videos and photos from some of the top festivals and gigs that our artists play.
Liz Goodwin - Head of Marketing, Polydor
Glastonbury has to be one of the musical highlights every year. Cramming onto a farm with 150,000 people isn’t everyone’s idea of fun but loads of people here at Universal HQ are hooked.
Hanna Chalmers - Head of Research And Insight, Universal Music UK
On Monday I said I’d update you on our trip to parliament to meet MPs and tell them about Universal Music.
It’s hard not to feel a sense of excitement and trepidation as one is led through security into such a formidable and historic building as the House of Commons.