The Edition team worked with the London based festival, Field Day for 10 years, providing financial, commercial and operation management services to the business. During that time, the event grew from a one-day event to a sell out two-day event known as the tastemaker for new music. In 2015 the team oversaw Field Day’s sale into the Impresario group, before its eventual sale to Global Radio.
IMPRESARIO FESTIVALS PLC
Impresario Festivals was launched in 2013 to group together some of the UK’s best music festivals. The company was an immediate success, quickly establishing itself as a leading independent music festival operator in the UK with controlling interests in Rewind, Boardmasters, Field Day and SW4.
The Edition team managed all acquisitions into the group, and provided key financial and strategic support during its four years of trading. In 2016, the team managed the sale of Impresario’s assets to media and entertainment group Global, in a multi-million pound deal.
Having delivered earlier success with the Spice Girls, 19 was re-positioned from an artist manager to a rights owning company. It had massive success with the ‘Pop Idol’ format which became the biggest format-based TV show in North America.
Paul Bedford was the Finance Director for 4 years - taking the business from investment to a sale to CKX for £100 million in 2005.
The Cream business was reinvented in the mid 2000’s after dance music had experienced a significant downturn. The team helped to re-energise the Creamfields brand, taking it from a one-day event to a three-day camping festival with 60,000 attendees per day and the title of the UK's biggest dance festival. The team also helped to cement the brand in dance music history by licensing the brand to more than a dozen international territories and producing countless compilation records.
Cream was sold to Live Nation in 2011 for a significant undisclosed sum.