Live industry legend Neil Warnock was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution To Music award at last night’s Live Music Business Awards in London.
UTA’s Warnock (pictured) received video tributes from several of the artists he has represented during his career, including Dolly Parton, Alice Cooper, David Gilmour, Katherine Jenkins and Status Quo’s Francis Rossi.
Warnock, who founded The Agency Group before it was acquired by UTA in 2015, is also chairman of the Nordoff Robbins fundraising committee and accepted the award from the music therapy charity’s CEO Julie Whelan.
“I love being an agent,” said Warnock, who won the coveted Music Week Strat Award in 2015. “This is my 50th year doing this and I’m still loving it. It’s what I do every day, building my clients careers, working with my clients, seeing that they’re happy and that we’re developing what they want to do with their lives as they go forward.
“I’m very fortunate to be in this industry. It’s a very exciting time for our industry.”
Elsewhere, promoter DHP Family took home three awards (Best National Promoter, Best Venue Teamwork: Club for Rock City Nottingham and Best Festival – Multi Venue for Dot To Dot Bristol), while other big winners included Ed Sheeran’s manager Stuart Camp (Best Artist Manager), Wembley Stadium (Best Venue Teamwork: Stadium) and Sony Music’s Faye Donaldson (Best Record Label Partner).
Primary Talent’s Matt Bates, who represents acts including The 1975, Wolf Alice and The Libertines took Best Agent. The award was dedicated to Bates’ former colleague Dave Chumbley, who died in August.
The full list of winners can be seen below:
Best Venue Teamwork: Campus
University of London (ULU)
Best Venue Teamwork: Club (under 800 capacity)
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Best Venue Teamwork: Arts Centre
Band On The Wall, Manchester
Best Venue Teamwork: Club (with a capacity of 800+)
Rock City, Nottingham
Best Venue Teamwork: Theatre/Concert Hall
Royal Albert Hall
Best Venue Teamwork: Arena
The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Best Venue Teamwork: Stadium
Spectacle of the Year: Best Production
Ed Sheeran at The O2
Tour Manager of the Year
National Promoter of the Year
Regional Promoter of the Year
One Inch Badge
Indie Promoter of the Year
Jon Dunn at Parallel Lines
Best Festival Performance
Radiohead at Glastonbury
Best Festival – Multi-Venue
Dot To Dot, Bristol
Best Festival (under 15,000 capacity)
Bloodstock Open Air
Best Festival (15,000-39,999)
Best Festival (40,000+)
Greatest Brand Impact
Best Record Label Partner
Faye Donaldson at Sony Music
Artist Manager of the Year
Stuart Camp of Rocket Music
Public Service Broadcasting
Agent of the Year
Matt Bates, Primary Talent International
Hilary Walsh, United Talent Agency