News: Tony Wadsworth Debates The Death Of Record Labels
By Glen Keogh on June 1, 2012 in Music
While he may not be a household name like say, David Beckham, or Pudsy the dog, Tony Wadsworth has been an influential figure in UK music for the best part of the last twenty years.
As former chairman and CEO of EMI Music UK and Ireland, Tony, and that’s Tony Wadsworth CBE to you, has achieved worldwide success with artists like Blur, Radiohead, Coldplay and many more.
Not only was he the longest serving chairman of EMI from 1998 to 2008 and managing director at Parlophone, but he is the chairman of the UK record industry trade body BPI and the Brit Awards, and a former BA Economics student at Newcastle University.
Now he is returning to his old stomping ground to chair a music industry debate and judge a battle of the bands competition both to be held at Newcastle University’s Student’s Union on Friday 15th June.
With his vast knowledge of the music industry he will turn his attention to the debate: ‘This house believes record labels deserve to die,’ and oversee two teams battling it out as part of a series of music-orientated events for Newcastle Business School’s Convocation Weekend.
Students, music-lovers and general argumentative sorts have been asked to come along and decide whether they are for or against the debate topic and join one of the opposing audiences between 5 and 6.30pm. From 8pm the Battle of the Bands event will have its stakes raised due to the five acts being judged by music aficionado now-household-name Tony Wadsworth CBE.
No pressure guys.
Tony said: “I’ve always believed in investing in British talent, which can be done in many ways. So I hope that my advice, experience and opinions over this weekend pay dividends to those who attend the events.
“There is a great music scene and culture to the North East, and I know that these two events will not disappoint.”
The Convocation Weekend kicks off on June 15th. More information on their website.
- Interview: Tony Wadsworth