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Manchester promoters launch new company, Luminescent

By | Published on Thursday 14 January 2021


Manchester-based promoters and venue programmers Ben Taylor and Ade Dovey have announced that they are teaming up to launch new live music company Luminescent.

“Throughout 2020, after a range of unforeseeable changes, both personal and professional, it just made sense for us to join forces”, says Dovey. “We had both hit the ceiling pretty hard with our ongoing commitment to running music venues over the years. We have been friends – and competitors! – for ten years, so when COVID-19 flipped the world upside down we just kept in touch and realised we have an opportunity to do something together, something creative and fulfilling, something we had both missed for a long time in our previous roles”.

“After some serious soul searching – the concern of ‘what venues are going to employ us now?’ and the music industry on its knees due to the pandemic – Ben and I realised that this potentially gave us an advantage and it was time to get our ducks in a row”, he goes on. “We’ve had time to reflect and develop this new venture and the feedback we’ve had from industry professionals has already been overwhelmingly positive”.

Taylor adds: “I’m a firm believer of things happening for a reason. With the journey we have both been on, juggling and wrestling shows between ourselves in Manchester, it seems fitting that we’ll now be working together to bring some very exciting shows to the table. Ade’s a great friend and superb promoter. I’ve been a big fan of what he’s produced over the last few years. As soon as the idea of us joining forces was born, I was in”.

“We just can’t wait to build on Luminescent, work with artists and individuals that we both love and creatively respect, support the music community, be sustainable and do it our way”, he concludes.

Between them, Taylor and Dovey have worked at Manchester venues including Albert Hall, Gorilla, The Deaf Institute, Sound Control, Night & Day Café, Roadhouse and Manchester Arena.