Phil Bowdery was appointed to executive vice president, touring Europe at Live Nation, after SFX acquired Barry Clayman Concerts, where he was a director. He has since been promoted to executive president of touring, international.
Phil’s aspiration for a career in the music industry started at the age of just 16 when he toured Germany as a drummer in a rock band. When the band split in 1971, he joined his hometown band Mud as road manager, touring Europe and the UK until 1978. He then left the UK for the USA, working for Monarch Entertainment in New Jersey, promoting home-grown rock acts and other East Coast bands, such as Grateful Dead.
After a year, he returned to the UK, where he formed a long-time relationship with promoter Barry Clayman and went on to become the tour manager for Leo Sayer. This working relationship continued at Barry’s company MAM Agency promoting other high-profile artists such as Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra and Tom Jones.
Most recently, Phil has promoted international superstars such as Madonna, Lady Gaga, U2, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake and Coldplay, as well as shows such as Ovo, Varekai, Saltimbanco and Alegria with Cirque du Soleil.
In 2006, Phil was honoured with one of the music industry’s most coveted accolades – the Pollstar International Promoter of the Year award, and in 2015 he received an Arthur Award for Promoter’s Promoter.
He is also chairman of the Concert Promoters Association (CPA).
Phil has two grown-up daughters and a young son.