Friday, September 02, 2016

Festive fifty

Congratulations to Nightshift editor Ronan Munro, whose 25 years of sterling service in support of the Oxford music scene have been officially recognised in the form of richly deserved inclusion in the WeGotTickets' INDIE50, which celebrates the contribution of 50 individuals to independent music in the UK.

He's in good company too, lining up alongside Jon Hillcock (Radio 6 Music DJ), Simon Williams (founder of the Fierce Panda label), Nathan Clark (owner of the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds), John Rostron (founder of the Swn Festival in Cardiff), the bookers for venues including the Cluny in Newcastle and King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow, the people behind a host of promoters (Hey Manchester, Upset The Rhythm, Eat Your Own Ears, Now Wave) and - of course - Big Jeff, whose gig-going exploits in and around Bristol are the stuff of legend.

The September issue of Nightshift serves as a handy reminder of why Ronan's rightly at home within that esteemed company. The cover stars are Glass Animals, in whose first recorded offering he detected serious talent and promise, naming it Demo Of The Month, and who have since gone on to sell half a million copies of their debut LP as well as notch up 200 million streams on Spotify. History just goes to show that he has a proven track record of backing champion horses, so next time he gives a tip, make sure you take note.

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