People and stories from behind the scenes of independent music

The WeGotTickets INDIE50 is a new award recognising those that make the beautiful madness that is the UK’s independent scene. After 15 years in live music, we’ve seen first-hand the effect one person can have on a local scene, and with the INDIE50 we shine a light on fifty such people that our judges selected from the public’s nominations.

This vital, diverse, group of pros and passionate behind-the-scene-ers were then shot and interviewed by photographer Dan Wilton and journalist Josh Jones, who travelled from Totnes to Glasgow and everywhere in between on their journey to capture the INDIE50.

Their results were compiled into an exhibition by Dan entitled ‘Don’t Be A Dick’, which was held at 71a Gallery in Shoreditch from 1st to 8th September 2016, and a special zine of the same name containing images and extracts from Josh’s interviews.


Alex Murray
Promoter, One Inch Badge
Alice Passey
Owner, Servant Jazz
Amanda Stanley & Stacey Walton
Co-Founders, TYCI
Camille Rearden
Independent Promoter
Caroline Simionescu-Marin
Editor, GRM Daily / A&R Manager, XL Recordings
Chris Bye
Music Manager, The Arts Council
Chris Horkan
Promoter, Hey Manchester / Editor, Manchester Wire
Chris Tipton
Promoter, Upset The Rhythm
Craig Johnston
Booker, King Tuts
Daniel Monsell
Promoter, Rockfeedback
Dominique Frazer
Founder and Director, The Boileroom
Dylan Clarke
Booker, The Brook
Ed Lilo
Head of Venues, London, DHP
Emma Daman Thomas
Curator and Designer, Shape
Femi Adeyemi
Founder, NTS
Grainne Braithwaite
Promoter, Synergy Concerts
Howard Monk
Promoter, The Local
Immy Doman & Risa Tabatznik
Founders and Owners, The Green Note
Jamal Edwards
Founder, SBTV
Jeff Horton
Owner, The 100 Club
Jeffrey Johns
Ultimate gig-goer, Bristol
Jess Partridge
Editor, London in Stereo
Jodie Layton
Co-owner, Space Station and Brixton Beach Boulevard
Joe Caithness
Co-Founder, JT Soar, Subsequent Mastering & Second Stage Audio
Joe Grant
Founder, Be Nothing Concerts
Joel Thompson
Booker, The Cluny
John Rostron
Co-Founder, Swn Festival & The Welsh Music Prize
Jon Hillcock
Presenter, BBC 6 Music / Podcaster
Jon Wickstead & Wesley Jones
Founders, Now Wave
Jules Bigg
Owner, Ramsgate Music Hall
Julian Deane
Founder, Raygun Management
Kate Hewett
Booker, The Harley & Tramlines Festival
Kathianne Hingwan
General Manager, Vortex Jazz Club
Liam Jolly
Promoter, SW1 Productions
Loretta DeFéo
Booker, The Sebright Arms
Nathan Clark
Owner, The Brudenell Social Club
Rachel Aggs
Band Leader / Independent Promoter
Ronan Munro
Founder/Editor, Nightshift Magazine
Rupert Morrison
Owner, The Drift
Sarah Cole
Promoter, Supercharged
Simon Baker
Promoter, Green Mind
Simon Catling
Booker, Soup Kitchen
Simon Williams
Founder, Fierce Panda Records
Steve ‘Revo’ Miller
Promoter, EVOL
Tallah Brash
Marketing Manager/Booker, Electric Circus
Thristian Richards
Co-Founder, Boiler Room
Tom Baker
Founder, Eat Your Own Ears & Field Day