Much to his total surprise, Isle of Wight Festival and Solo Agency founder John Giddings was presented with the Outstanding Contribution accolade at Wednesday night’s Live Music Business Awards.
His team had already won Best Festival (over 40,000 capacity) earlier in the evening and it was when video clips of U2, David Bowie, Madonna and Sting hit the screens that it sunk home.
Outstanding Contribution is not presented to someone who is simply successful in their career, the recipient has to have made a wider contribution to the industry or charitable causes.
Giddings and his wife Caroline are credited with raising hundreds of thousands of pounds a year for a range of charities, among themStand Up For Cancer, Well Child, Ticket For Troops and St Catherine’s School on the Isle of Wight.
The Corr’s Sharon Corr made the presentation, followed by video messages from Genesis and Mike & The Mechanics’ Mike Rutherford, Iggy Pop, Pharrell Williams and Live Nation Entertainment global touring CEO Arthur Fogel.
Other winners of awards during the gala event, held at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel in London’s West End, included Breakthrough Artiste – Blossoms; Best Festival Performance – Coldplay at Glastonbury; Agent of the Year – Steve Zapp at ITB, whose artistes include Biffy Clyro, Editors and Courteeners; Best Venue Teamwork Major Club – London’s Koko; National Promoter of the Year – SJM Concerts and Tour Manager of the Year Glen Rowe with Muse.
A full list of winners is available at http://www.livemusicawards.co.uk/winners-2016/.