Outernet Live London Announces Leadership
Outernet Live, the new 2,000-capacity live events venue coming to central London, announced the names of the people, who will be running the space. The team will also operate the refurbished 350-cap 12 Bar Club.
Robert Butters and Karrie Goldberg, the founders of Green Light Development, are going to manage and operate the venue. Both Butters and Goldberg have a track record of running live music venues, award-winning nightclubs, and global touring theatre shows, as well as working with blue-chip corporate clients.
Prior to Green Light, Butters was CFO and VP business development for Really Useful Group, and SVP of business development for SFX (now Live Nation), before starting his own production and apparel printing and distribution company, Green Distribution. In 2016, he sold a majority share in his company to Falfurrias Capital.
Goldberg is the founder and CEO of venue and talent booking agency The Kagency. Her career spanning decades that has seen her program and manage venues around the world, delivering creative value and engagement contracts for artists such as Madonna, Lady Gaga, Brian Eno, The Estate of Basquiat, and Beyoncé, as well as supporting the creative endeavors of brands including Nike, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton and Cartier.
Butters and Goldberg have assembled a management team with a broad range of international experience. Tristan Hoffman joins as COO, following a 20-year career in London and New York conceiving and operating multi-faceted, high-profile hospitality and entertainment venues, including BB Kings Blues Club in Times Square and the Highline Ballroom in Chelsea.
Leo Green, a concert promoter, musician and broadcaster, who has previously worked at London venues The 02 and Ronnie Scott’s, joins as artistic director. Green, a saxophonist, has toured and recorded with artists including Paul McCartney, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jeff Beck, Ronnie Wood, Paul Weller, and spent many years touring and recording with Van Morrison. He is also the founder of BluesFest in London (not to be confused with the Australian festival), which got acquired by Live Nation, where Green spent more than a decade, most recently as director of live events.
Octavia Harwood joins Outernet Live from a five-year run at the London’s O2 arena, where she was head of venue management. Previously at Wembley Stadium and Brixton Academy, Harwood has more tha ten years of experience running entertainment venues known for extraordinary customer service and experience.
Shannon Tebay will be beverage director at Outernet Live. The French Culinary Institute alum, whose training rangers from pastry arts to craft cocktails, has tended various esteemed bars in New York City, including seven years as head bartender at Manhattan’s Death & Company. Tebay moved to London in 2021 to take on the position of head bartender at the Savoy Hotel’s American Bar.
Music lies at the heart of Outernet Live, and bookings are now open. After delays to the reopening caused by the coronavirus crisis, the venue is finally scheduled to open in summer. A concrete date wasn’t available at press time.
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