Tilley And Day Join Kilimanjaro

Stuart Galbraith has underlined his intention of competing at the top of the European rock market by adding former Stoke Sugar Mill promoter Steve Tilley and TCT Music chief Alan Day to his Kilimanjaro team.

Their appointments come six months after Galbraith formed the joint venture company with AEG, during which time he’s established its outdoor business by buying into Wakestock and Bloodstock festivals.

He’s also in talks with John Jackson of K2 Agency to produce festivals worldwide.

Slayer and Slipknot have already followed Galbraith to Kilimanjaro since the former LN U.K. managing director was let go allegedly for being in discussion with AEG last summer.

Jackson’s roster also includes Metallica, Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Mastodon and Hoobastank.

The addition of Tilley and Day sees Galbraith add to a promoting team that began with the arrivals of Oli Wilson from AEG Live and Mark Walker from Live Nation.

Tilley has been at the Stoke Sugar Mill club since 1998, where he worked with an impressive list of emerging acts including Muse, Coldplay, Razorlight, Kaiser Chiefs, The Enemy, Fratellis, Biffy Clyro and The Zutons. He’s also a music consultant to the National Union Of Students.

"I see this as like a live A&R role," Tilley said of his role with Kilimanjaro. "I want to develop young bands from playing Barflys to stadiums.

"I brought The Enemy to Stoke four times and it’s thrilling to be among the first to hear those songs that go on to be a hit album," he said. "It was great to do that in Stoke, now I’m excited to do it at a national level."

Day will continue to promote bands in Oxford, Swindon, Reading and Northampton under his TCT Music banner but will operate nationally with Kilimanjaro.

He first promoted bands as a student 10 years ago and last year alone was responsible for 270 shows with the likes of Queens Of The Stone Age, Pigeon Detectives, Kate Nash and Foals.

"I love rock and Stuart Galbraith promotes some of my favourite bands," he said. "He started Download, which is my favourite festival too. He’s a great leader for a team and joining Kilimanjaro was just the natural next step for me."

Galbraith said he started Kilimanjaro with the intention of building a boutique promotions company capable of taking on everything from the biggest bands in the world to specialist festivals – from pub shows to outdoor events for 150,000 people.

"We’re really pleased with our first six months and happy we’ve completed our team," Galbraith said in a statement announcing the new arrivals. "We have specialists in all areas of the live industry and we are flexible enough to respond to the huge changes that are taking place."