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Primary Talent pays tribute to Dave Chumbley

By | Published on Friday 25 August 2017

Booking agency Primary Talent has paid tribute to Dave Chumbley – a director and agent at the company – who died earlier this week after a short illness. Chumbley was a founding team member at Primary Talent, having previously worked for a number of other booking agencies, including World Service and The Agency Group.

The statement from Primary Talent stated: “Dave was a great man, a world-class agent, esteemed director and colleague whose dedication to his artists was unmatched. We are extremely lucky to have been touched by his unique humour, exceptional kindness and infectious joie de vivre”.

Meanwhile Primary Talent co-founder and former MD Martin Hopewell told IQ: “I’m in a state of complete shock – as hundreds of people around the world who knew Dave must be at the moment. He was such a larger-than-life character, and had such a massive impact on the live business, that this just doesn’t seem possible”.

“I worked with Dave since the 1980s when he joined the team at our old agency, World Service. Most people will know him as a tenacious and skilled representative for his clients, but those who were lucky enough to be among his many friends and colleagues will know that that big, booming voice of his was matched by an equally big heart”.

Hopewell concluded: “He was a generous, funny and intelligent man, but – most of all – for many of us he was a loyal and trusted friend. The live business is quite literally not going to be the same without him”.