Henning Tögel (1954-2013)

German promoter Moderne Welt has confirmed the sad news that its founder and managing director, Henning Tögel, passed away suddenly on 9 January 2013. He was 58. A loyal member of ILMC and a friend to many delegates, Henning was one of the industry’s true entrepreneurs who also campaigned tirelessly to make sure the live entertainment business was recognised for its economic and cultural importance. In a statement, Moderne Welt paid tribute to Henning’s flair for business and his creativity, as well as his energy in making the company that he founded in 1984 such a powerhouse in the German live entertainment market.
 
“For decades he had a particularly close relationship with Joan Baez and Al Jarreau, also Miriam Makeba, whose passing was very hard for him,” says the statement, naming a variety of artists he’d worked with, including Alice Cooper, Bonnie Tyler, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Cyndi Lauper, Emmylou Harris, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Joe Cocker, Kris Kristofferson, Lenny Kravitz, Paul Anka, Pink, Peter Frampton, Randy Newman, Ringo Starr, Status Quo, Steve Winwood, Suzanne Vega, The Beach Boys, The Bangles, The Kinks, The Pogues, The Sweet, The Wailers, UB40, UFO, Vanessa-Mae, Whitesnake and Wishbone Ash.
 
“Henning Tögel was widely respected both nationally and internationally. He was known for facing even the hardest challenges and solving them successfully. Examples are the tours with David Copperfield which he carried out in 2005 and 2006 and earned him the Live Entertainment Award [LEA], also known as the ‘Oscar’ of the entertainment industry in Germany,” adds Moderne Welt. “20 years ago Henning started to tour regularly with the American ensemble Chippendales through Germany, which showed his foresight once again – today the Chippendales are the worldwide market leader in the women’s entertainment industry.”
 
One of Henning’s passions was ensuring a future for the live entertainment industry and as a lecturer in event management at the University of Heilbronn, he was able to share his knowledge and experience with many students. He also established a charitable foundation, Talentstiftung Henning Tögel, to support new talent, fulfilling a long-held ambition to support the arts, culture, science and sports.
 
At industry events like the ILMC, Henning was a well-received and popular guest at panels and debates. He never shied away from arguments and was renowned for his incisive, passionate contributions, no matter what the subject.
 
Elsewhere, Henning was part of the IG Live Stuttgart industry network, which also included other Stuttgart-based companies like SKS Michael Russ, Music Circus, KVL Konzertbüro Ludewig (now C2Concerts), Stadtkultur and Contour Music Promotion. Indeed, his participation in that organisation earned Henning an LEA award for Cooperation of the Year in 2009.
 
ILMC’s Martin Hopewell comments, “It’s going to be hard to imagine an ILMC without Henning. His was one of those faces that you just expected to see every year – always with a contribution to make in the conference room and a new project to discuss in the corridors. It’s people like Henning who have made ILMC what it is today, and characters like him who have given the live industry the colour and passion it has had over the past few decades. His loss is going to touch a lot more people than perhaps he might have ever imagined, and leave a hole in the landscape of our business that it will be hard to fill. God bless, Henning. We’re all going to miss you.”