Contender For Glastonbury Festival Operations Director Announced
By stonesthrow | Thursday, September 06, 2012, 10:00
There is speculation that the new Operations Director for Glastonbury Festival will soon be named as Paul Ludford of APL Events.
This follows an announcement earlier this year that Festival organisers were ending a decade of control by Melvin Benn from Festival Republic.
Benn, who took over the running of the operations in 2002 ( with his company then called Mean Fiddler), is widely credited with bringing gate crashers under control, improving security and creating a professionalism which has smoothed the way to the festival securing ongoing licenses. Both Benn and Michael Eavis were quoted as saying that 'the time was right' to part company and that the agreement to spilt was mutual.
Paul Ludford has been involved with the music industry for some thirty years, starting his career in the North East when he established The Soul Kitchen indie club in Newcastle. This led to developing record label Kitchenware Records and becoming immersed in music promotion. He Founded APL Events as a family business in 1998 and went on to assist with the management of T in the Park until 2007.
The company now manages Download, Creamfields and Bestival among others and has more recently been involved in London 2012 Olympic events.
While Ludford has not yet been officially confirmed as the new post-holder, it is expected this will be announced sometime towards the end of the month.
Tickets for Glastonbury 2013 go on sale at 9am on Sunday 7th October. You must have registered and those who want to buy tickets will be able reserve them using the deposit scheme at a price of £50 per ticket. The full price is £205. For more information check out the official festival website: