About DHP Family
Over the past 35 years DHP Family has grown to become a leading name in the live music industry with a deserved reputation for our innovative and creative approach to music production and promotion.
DHP Family has over 10 years’ worth of experience in producing, promoting and managing all aspects of major indoor and outdoor festivals, national tours and standalone shows across the UK.
We have quickly earned a credible reputation with leading international artists and agents, based on our management expertise in crowd supervision and control, artist relations, event production, promotion and ticket distribution.
Our first venue, Rock City, has been owned and operated by the same people since 1980. This iconic venue is the company flagship, a hugely successful live music venue and a nightclub that is integral to the diverse gig-going community in the East Midlands.
To reflect this long-standing history and integrity, the company re-branded from the original DHP Group, to our new name DHP Family, which encompasses all aspects of our varied portfolio and represents the deep-rooted working relationships within the company.
DHP Family is constantly expanding and following the opening of our London office in 2013, we added a brand new London venue to our accomplished roster, Oslo in 2014, followed by the purchase and renovation of iconic venues Borderline in Soho and The Garage in Islington.
Above all we’re dedicated to live music and whether it’s fresh and exciting new talent, playing their first show at a 50cap venue, or a national tour for an established area star, we always provide an epic live experience for live music lovers, because we love what we do.
Meet Some Key Members Of The Team
GEORGE AKINS – MANAGING DIRECTOR
I have been Managing Director of DHP since 1994. I’ve substantial experience operating, managing and opening venues and expertise in the booking, promotion and production of live music events including major festivals. During my time the business has collected a number of awards in relation to venues and promotions.
I’ve wider experience in the leisure business having directed businesses in licensed, entertainment, gaming and betting sectors and have held a number of liquor licences.
SEAN AKINS – DIRECTOR
I am a non-executive director of DHP. I have been Managing Director of Bildurn, the sister company to DHP, since 1996 and have wide experience in various property, gaming and leisure businesses that the enterprise has engaged in. I established the Bildurn business in 2000 as vehicle to position the group’s legacy property holdings and to fashion a leading development, management and investment company.
I’m currently the Vice-Chairman of the Invest in Nottingham Club and chair the city’s Retail Forum which includes leasing agents, retailers and council officers.
JULIE TIPPINS – HEAD OF COMPLIANCE
I’ve been working in the late night entertainment business for over 30 years – from my first day as a student at University in fact. I began in the business as a DJ and live promoter in student entertainments and began making a living doing it after University. I was at the Leadmill, Sheffield for 23 years – some as DJ, live music promoter, head of marketing and 8 years as a company director and CEO. All spent making the venue one of the best independents in the country. I followed this with 4 years at the University of Lincoln – launching and leading it’s new live music venue and Students Union – the Engine Shed and swiftly adding to that – the opening and operational running of its performing arts venue – LPAC.
I joined DHP in 2010 as Operations Manager, overseeing it’s venues and it’s supporting operational functions. I moved to Head of Compliance in 2013 and now am responsible for many legal aspects of the business – including health and safety, licensing and planning matters. I am a member of IOSH and the CIM and play an active role in the licensing discussions within the city.
ANTON LOCKWOOD – DIRECTOR OF LIVE
I’m a huge fan of live music. For sure I listen to albums, watch videos, sit on the train with my mp3 player on and all the rest of it. But nothing in the world beats the feeling of a talented artist, on top of their game giving their all for a an appreciative audience – which is why I’ve been a promoter for over 20 years, so I can help make that happen.
I’m fortunate enough to have been able to develop my love of live music into leading DHP’s team of promoters, marketing staff and production managers presenting a fantastic array of artists at live shows right across the country. Of course these days “live music” isn’t just people with guitars, DJ nights can be every bit as exciting – and I’m pleased and proud to say we have one of the strongest teams around in that area too.
My team also programmes our range of 7 metropolitan festivals, and our outdoor Nottingham event “Splendour”, which is often challenging but always rewarding, and enables us to showcase many exciting new artists.
I’m looking forward to taking forward our mission to be leading national promoters, who are both creative and inventive whilst being efficient and reliable at delivering shows.
With a proven track record of delivering increased profits in large venues with independent operators to PLC companies I was able to turn this vision into reality.
After a management re-structure at Rock City we were able develop new revenue streams and increase efficiency to deliver a record profit in 2010 of £1.7m. By continuing to develop the business Rock City has also sustained and surpassed that level of profit.
I have also been able to raise the profile of Rock City in Nottingham by winning every award available from Best club in the Bar and Club awards to Best Club operator and People’s choice for Best Bar None for the last two years.
DAVE MCDERMENT – GROUP FINANCE DIRECTOR
I started working for the DHP Family when I was just 19. I had come to Nottingham to study Civil Engineering at the University of Nottingham, but ended up on a completely different track.
Initially I worked on the bar of Rock City, where I progressed to the Assistant Manager when I graduated. I was given the opportunity to be the General Manager of Stealth when it 1st opened in April 2004 and I later took on the Rescue Rooms as well, before returning to Rock City as General Manager.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed these jobs, I had worked nights for 7 years and was ready for some more sociable hours, and a new challenge.
I always had a bit of a flair for numbers, and took my accountancy exams while working for the finance team. Over the course of 3 ½ years, I took (and passed!) 15 exams to become a Chartered Management Accountant, and am now the Head of Finance of both DHP and Bildurn.
I moved to Nottingham in 2000 to do English at Nottingham University. Rock City was a big reason why I chose to come to Nottingham and I got a job on the bar soon after. I also got involved in the local music scene as a scout for Island Records and as the Music Editor of Impact, the Uni magazine. When I graduated I was offered the job of Assistant Manager at Rescue Rooms and soon worked my way up to become General Manager of Rock City.
I loved the live music side of the job and soon I was promoting shows myself and some of the bands I worked with made their way up through the venues in Nottingham, next came shows further afield as well as the development of Dot To Dot into the three city monster that it is now. Fast forward to now and I’ve promoted shows at Wembley Stadium, Brixton, Hammersmith, the Roundhouse, Manchester Apollo and various other big regional shows and tours.