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THE ARTHUR AWARDS

The Arthur Awards began as a tongue-in-cheek affair in 1995, but have grown over three decades to become the Oscars of the international live music business. The ceremony takes place annually in March, with winners decided by a combination of public voting and a closed jury which considers each nominee.

All but one edition of The Arthurs have taken place in person, with most editions forming the highlight of a five-star Gala Dinner during ILMC. In 2021, during the Covid-19 pandemic, The Arthurs took place in the Royal Albert Hall in London, livestreamed to thousands of professionals around the world.

The Arthurs were hosted by veteran booking agent Carl Leighton-Pope for many years, but since 2014, have been compered by CAA’s Emma Banks. Around 400 of the world’s top live music professionals attend the ceremony annually.

THE ARTHUR AWARDS HALL OF FAME

ILMC 34 - 2022

FIRST VENUE TO COME INTO YOUR HEAD
The O2, London

SERVICES ABOVE AND BEYOND
TAIT

MOST PROFESSIONAL PROFESSIONAL
Sarah Martin, WME

FESTIVAL ORGANISER’S ORGANISER
Folkert Koopmans, FKP Scorpio

THE GOLDEN TICKETER
Sarah Slater, Ticketmaster

THE PEOPLE’S ASSISTANT
Claire Macleod, X-ray Touring

TOMORROW’S NEW BOSS
Dan Roberts, Live Nation

SECOND LEAST OFFENSIVE AGENT
Mike Malak, Paradigm Agency

THE PROMOTERS’ PROMOTER
Simon Jones, AEG Presents

THE WINNER TECHS IT ALL
LIVENow

THE UNSUNG HERO
Phil Bowdery & Stuart Gilbraith, CPA/Live

THE BOTTLE AWARD
Chris York, SJM Concerts

ILMC 33 - 2021

THE ULTIMATE VENUE’S VENUE
(of the decade)
Royal Albert Hall

SERVICES ABOVE & BEYOND
(of the decade)
Beat the Street

GAFFER (PRODUCTION CHAMP)
(of the decade)
Chris Marsh (Ed Sheeran)

LIGGERS’ FAVOURITE FESTIVAL
(of the decade)
Glastonbury, UK

THE UNSUNG HERO(ES)
(2021 award)
Sandra Beckmann & Tom Koperek, Alarmstufe Rot

THE PEOPLE’S ASSISTANT
(of the decade)
Sarah Donovan, Live Nation UK

TOMORROW’S NEW BOSS
(2021 award)
Alexandra Ampofo, Metropolis Music

SECOND LEAST OFFENSIVE AGENT
(of the decade)
Steve Strange, X-ray Touring

THE PROMOTERS’ PROMOTER
(of the decade)
Simon Moran, SJM Concerts

TOUR OF THE DECADE
(voted for live at the ceremony)
Ed Sheeran

THE BOTTLE AWARD
Andre Bechir

ILMC 32 - 2020

FIRST VENUE TO COME INTO YOUR HEAD
Roundhouse, UK

SERVICES ABOVE AND BEYOND
Showsec

MOST PROFESSIONAL PROFESSIONAL
Tina Richard, T&S Imigration

LIGGERS’ FAVOURITE FESTIVAL
Eurockeennes, France

THE GOLDEN TICKET
Ticketmaster

THE PEOPLE’S ASSISTANT
San Phillips, Kilimanjaro Live

TOMORROW’S NEW BOSS
Charly Beedell-Tuck, Solo

SECOND LEAST OFFENSIVE AGENT
Summer Marshall, CAA

THE PROMOTERS’ PROMOTER
Kelly Chappel, Live Nation Entertainment

NEW GIG ON THE BLOCK
All Points East, London, UK

THE BOTTLE AWARD
Emma Banks, CAA

ILMC 31 - 2019

FIRST VENUE TO COME INTO YOUR HEAD
Royal Albert Hall, UK

SERVICES ABOVE AND BEYOND
PRG

MOST PROFESSIONAL PROFESSIONAL
Selina Emeny, Live Nation 

LIGGERS’ FAVOURITE FESTIVAL
British Summer Time, UK

 

THE GOLDEN TICKET
Eventim 

THE PEOPLE’S ASSISTANT
Claire Bewers, Coda Music Agency

TOMORROW’S NEW BOSS
Kevin Jergenson, ICM Partners 

SECOND LEAST OFFENSIVE AGENT
Lucy Dickins, ITB

THE PROMOTERS’ PROMOTER
Folkert Koopmans, FKP Scorpio 

NEW GIG ON THE BLOCK
Mad Cool Festival, ES

BEST IN SHOW
Cirque Du Soleil 

THE BOTTLE AWARD
Bryan Grant, Britannia Row

 

ILMC 30 - 2018

FIRST VENUE TO COME INTO YOUR HEAD
The O2, UK 

SERVICES ABOVE AND BEYOND
eps

MOST PROFESSIONAL PROFESSIONAL
Gillian Park, MGR Touring 

LIGGERS’ FAVOURITE FESTIVAL
Glastonbury

THE GOLDEN TICKET
Ticketmaster 

THE PEOPLE’S ASSISTANT
Eliza-Jane Oliver, AEG Live

TOMORROW’S NEW BOSS
Anna-Sophie Mertens, Live Nation 

SECOND LEAST OFFENSIVE AGENT
Natasha Bent, Coda Agency

THE PROMOTERS’ PROMOTER
Anna Sjölund, Live Nation Sweden 

THE ILMC BOTTLE AWARD
Martin Hopewell

ILMC 29 - 2017

FIRST VENUE TO COME INTO YOUR HEAD
Royal Albert Hall, UK

SERVICES ABOVE AND BEYOND
Eat to the Beat

MOST PROFESSIONAL PROFESSIONAL
Selina Emeny, Live Nation

LIGGERS’ FAVOURITE FESTIVAL
British Summer Time Hyde Park

THE GOLDEN TICKET
CTS Eventim

THE PEOPLE’S ASSISTANT
Sarah Donovan, Live Nation UK

TOMORROW’S NEW BOSS
Oliver Ward, UTA

SECOND LEAST OFFENSIVE AGENT
John Giddings, Solo

THE PROMOTERS’ PROMOTER
Stephan Thanscheidt, FKP Scorpio

THE ILMC BOTTLE AWARD
Herman Schueremans

ILMC 28 - 2016

VENUE
The O2, UK

PRODUCTION SERVICES
Beat the Street

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Ben Challis

FESTIVAL
Rock am Ring

TICKETING
Ticketmaster

ASSISTANT
Amber MacKenzie, ITB

NEW BUSINESS TALENT
Joanna Young, Live Nation (UK)

AGENT
Steve Strange, X-ray Touring

PROMOTER
Steve Tilley

THE BOTTLE AWARD
Jules Frutos

ILMC 27 - 2015

VENUE
Royal Albert Hall, UK

PRODUCTION SERVICES
eps

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Martin Goebbels, Robertson Taylor W&P Longreach

FESTIVAL
Rock Werchter

TICKETING
CTS Eventim

ASSISTANT
Samantha Henfrey, The Agency Group

NEW BUSINESS TALENT
Maarten Van Vugt, Greenhouse Talent

AGENT
Geoff Meall, The Agency Group

PROMOTER
Phil Bowdery, Live Nation

THE BOTTLE AWARD
Marcel Avram

ILMC 26 - 2014

FIRST VENUE TO COME INTO YOUR HEAD
The O2, London

SERVICES ABOVE AND BEYOND
Beat The Street

MOST PROFESSIONAL PROFESSIONAL
Tina Richard, T&S Immigration Services

LIGGERS’ FAVOURITE FESTIVAL
Glastonbury, UK

THE GOLDEN TICKET
Ticketmaster

THE PEOPLE’S ASSISTANT
Claire Utting, The Agency Group

TOMORROW’S NEW BOSS
Roel Coppen, Friendly Fire

SECOND LEAST OFFENSIVE AGENT
Rob Challice, Coda Music Agency

THE PROMOTERS’ PROMOTER:
Herman Schueremans, Live Nation Belgium

THE ILMC BOTTLE AWARD
Barry Dickins

MEDAL OF HONOUR
Peter Maloney
Alia Dann Swift

ILMC 25 - 2013

FIRST VENUE TO COME INTO YOUR HEAD
Royal Albert Hall, UK

SERVICES ABOVE AND BEYOND
eps GmbH

MOST PROFESSIONAL PROFESSIONAL
Gillian Park, Martin Greene Ravden (MGR)

LIGGERS’ FAVOURITE FESTIVAL
Rock Werchter, Belgium

THE GOLDEN TICKET
The Ticket Factory, UK

THE PEOPLE’S ASSISTANT
Charlie Renton, Primary Talent International

TOMORROW’S NEW BOSS
Oliver Hoppe, Wizard Promotions

SECOND LEAST OFFENSIVE AGENT
Emma Banks, CAA

THE PROMOTERS’ PROMOTER
Folkert Koopmans, FKP Scorpio

THE ILMC BOTTLE AWARD
Ed Bicknell

ILMC 24 - 2012

FIRST VENUE TO COME INTO YOUR HEAD
O2 London, UK

SERVICES ABOVE AND BEYOND
Eat To The Beat

MOST PROFESSIONAL PROFESSIONAL
Martin Goebbels

LIGGERS’ FAVOURITE FESTIVAL
Glastonbury

PLUMBER OF THE YEAR
Andy Franks

BEST IN SHOW
Cirque De Soleil: Alegria

LEAST PAINFUL TOUR
Roger Waters’ The Wall

THE PEOPLE’S ASSISTANT
Sandra McCarthy – Live Nation

SECOND LEAST OFFENSIVE AGENT
John Giddings

THE PROMOTERS’ PROMOTER
Barrie Marshall

NEW BOSS
Martin Nielsen, Live Nation Norway

THE GOLDEN TICKET
Ticketmaster UK

THE BOTTLE AWARD
Willie Robertson

ILMC 23 - 2011

FIRST VENUE TO COME INTO YOUR HEAD
O2 Academy, Brixton

PLUMBER OF THE YEAR
Wob Roberts

SERVICES ABOVE AND BEYOND
Beat The Street

BEST IN SHOW
Walking With Dinosaurs

MOST PROFESSIONAL PROFESSIONAL
Ben Challis

LEAST PAINFUL TOUR
Muse

LIGGERS FAVOURITE FESTIVAL
Montreux Jazz Festival

THE PEOPLE’S ASSISTANT
Prue Almond

SECOND LEAST OFFENSIVE AGENT
Steve Zapp

THE PROMOTERS’ PROMOTER
Simon Moran

TOMORROW’S NEW BOSS
Tom Taaffe

THE BOTTLE AWARD
Neil Warnock

ILMC 22 - 2010

FIRST VENUE TO COME INTO YOUR HEAD
The O2 London

PLUMBER OF THE YEAR
Mike Scoble – Tour Manager, Leonard Cohen

SERVICES ABOVE AND BEYOND
Rock It Cargo

BEST IN SHOW
Cirque du Soleil

MOST PROFESSIONAL PROFESSIONAL
David Bishop

LEAST PAINFUL TOUR
P!NK

LIGGERS FAVOURITE FESTIVAL
Glastonbury

THE PROMOTERS’ PROMOTER
Barrie Marshall

SECOND LEAST OFFENSIVE AGENT
Emma Banks

THE BOTTLE AWARD
John Giddings

TOMORROW’S NEW BOSS
Natasha Bent

ILMC 21 - 2009

FIRST VENUE TO COME INTO YOUR HEAD
Royal Albert Hall

PLUMBER OF THE YEAR
Chrissy Uerlings

SERVICES ABOVE AND BEYOND
Eat Your Hearts Out

BEST IN SHOW
Walking With Dinosaurs

MOST PROFESSIONAL PROFESSIONAL(s)
Willie Robertson & Bob Taylor

LEAST PAINFUL TOUR
Leonard Cohen

LIGGERS FAVOURITE FESTIVAL
Isle of Wight

THE PROMOTERS’ PROMOTER
Simon Moran

SECOND LEAST OFFENSIVE AGENT
Mike Greek

THE BOTTLE AWARD
Thomas Johannson

TOMORROW’S NEW BOSS
Kim Bloem

ILMC 20 - 2008

FIRST VENUE TO COME INTO YOUR HEAD
The O2, London

PLUMBER OF THE YEAR
Andy Franks

SERVICES ABOVE AND BEYOND
Rock-it Cargo

LEAST PAINFUL TOUR
The Police

LIGGERS FAVOURITE FESTIVAL
Rock Werchter

THE PROMOTERS’ PROMOTER
Andre Bechir

SECOND LEAST OFFENSIVE AGENT
Emma Banks

TOMORROW’S NEW BOSS
Lucy Dickins

THE BOTTLE AWARD
Michael ‘Chuggi’ Chugg

ILMC 19 - 2007

FIRST VENUE TO COME INTO YOUR HEAD
Wembley, London

PLUMBER OF THE YEAR
Jake Berry

SERVICES ABOVE AND BEYOND
Stageco

LEAST PAINFUL TOUR
Robbie Williams

LIGGERS FAVOURITE FESTIVAL
Rock Werchter

THE PROMOTERS’ PROMOTER
Herman Schueremans

SECOND LEAST OFFENSIVE AGENT
Emma Banks

TOMORROW’S NEW BOSS
Toby Leighton-Pope

THE BOTTLE AWARD
Barrie Marshall

ILMC 18 - 2006

FIRST VENUE TO COME INTO YOUR HEAD
Ahoy, Rotterdam

PLUMBER OF THE YEAR
Andy Franks

SERVICES ABOVE AND BEYOND
The Tour Company

LEAST PAINFUL TOUR
U2

LIGGERS FAVOURITE FESTIVAL
Rock Werchter

THE PROMOTERS’ PROMOTER
Michael ‘Chuggi’ Chugg

SECOND LEAST OFFENSIVE AGENT
John Giddings

TOMORROW’S NEW BOSS
Steve Zapp

THE BOTTLE AWARD
Feargal Sharkey

STREET POSTER
Lowlands Paradise 2005 (Mojo)

ILMC 17 - 2005

FIRST VENUE TO COME INTO YOUR HEAD
Colourline Arena, Hamburg

PLUMBER OF THE YEAR
Britannia Row

MOST PROFESSIONAL PROFESSIONAL
Dick Molenaar & Harald Grams

MOST USER-FRIENDLY ARTISTS
Peter Gabriel

LIGGERS FAVOURITE FESTIVAL
Glastonbury Festival

THE PROMOTERS’ PROMOTER
Barrie Marshall

SECOND LEAST OFFENSIVE AGENT
Barry Dickins

MOST STROKEABLE MANAGER
Tim Clark and David Enthoven

THE BOTTLE AWARD
Carl Leighton-Pope

STREET POSTER
Four Artists Booking GmbH Henning Ahrens
Hip Hop Open 2004

ILMC 16 - 2004

FIRST VENUE TO COME INTO YOUR HEAD
Earls Court, London, UK

PLUMBER OF THE YEAR
Steve Martin

MOST PROFESSIONAL PROFESSIONAL
Richard Taylor (Simkins Partnership)

MOST USER-FRIENDLY ARTISTS
The Cure

LIGGERS FAVOURITE FESTIVAL
Werchter Festival (Belgium)

THE PROMOTERS’ PROMOTER
Peter Rieger (Peter Rieger Concerts, Germany)

SECOND LEAST OFFENSIVE AGENT
Emma Banks (Helter Skelter)

MOST STROKEABLE MANAGER
Petri Lunden (The Cardigans)

THE BOTTLE AWARD
Leon Ramakers (Mojo Concerts, Netherlands)

STREET POSTER
Pinkpop Festival, Netherlands

ILMC 15 - 2003

FIRST VENUE TO COME INTO YOUR HEAD
SECC, Glasgow

PLUMBER OF THE YEAR
Henry McGroggan (HCM)

MOST PROFESSIONAL PROFESSIONAL
Martin Goebbels (Robertson Taylor, UK)

MOST USER-FRIENDLY ARTISTS
Kylie Minogue

LIGGERS FAVOURITE FESTIVAL
Paleo (Switzerland)

THE PROMOTERS’ PROMOTER
Juri Makarov (Makarov Muusik, Estonia)

SECOND LEAST OFFENSIVE AGENT
Steve Strange (Helter Skelter)

MOST STROKEABLE MANAGER
Terry Blamey (Kylie Minogue)

THE BOTTLE AWARD
Michael Gudinski (Frontier Touring, Australia)

STREET POSTER
Quart Festival, Norway

ILMC 14 - 2002

FIRST VENUE TO COME INTO YOUR HEAD
Saku Suurhall, Tallinn, Estonia

PLUMBER OF THE YEAR
Steve Levitt (Northern Productions)

MOST SUPPORTIVE RECORD COMPANY
Sony Music

MOST USER-FRIENDLY ARTISTS
Depeche Mode

LIGGERS FAVOURITE FESTIVAL
V2001, UK

THE PROMOTERS’ PROMOTER
Andre Bechir (Good News, Switzerland)

SECOND LEAST OFFENSIVE AGENT
Dave Chumbley (Primary Talent International)

MOST STROKEABLE MANAGER
Jonathan Kessler (Depeche Mode)

THE BOTTLE AWARD
Jan Smeets (Pink Pop Festival)

STREET POSTER
Musikhuset Aarhus – Jazz Festival

ILMC 13 - 2001

FIRST VENUE TO COME INTO YOUR HEAD
Wembley Arena, London

PLUMBER OF THE YEAR
Wob Roberts

MOST SUPPORTIVE RECORD COMPANY
EMI

MOST USER-FRIENDLY ARTISTS
Robbie Williams

LIGGERS FAVOURITE FESTIVAL
Roskilde Festival (Denmark)

THE PROMOTERS’ PROMOTER
Karsten Jahnke

SECOND LEAST OFFENSIVE AGENT
Ian Huffam (Helter Skelter)

MOST STROKEABLE MANAGER
Petri Lunden (Cardigans)

CARLSBERG BOTTLE AWARD
Harvey Goldsmith

STREET POSTER
Ilse Vestergaard – Musikhuset Aarhus – Jazz Festival

BEST DRESSED DELEGATE (a special one-off award for this year)
Dennis Armstead (Yellow Go-Rilla, UK)

ILMC 12 - 2000

FIRST VENUE TO COME INTO YOUR HEAD
Paradiso, Amsterdam

PLUMBER OF THE YEAR
Lee Charteris

MOST SUPPORTIVE RECORD COMPANY
EMI

MOST USER-FRIENDLY ARTISTS
Bryan Adams

LIGGERS FAVOURITE FESTIVAL
Paleo, Switzerland

THE PROMOTERS’ PROMOTER
Triple A

SECOND LEAST OFFENSIVE AGENT
Paul Franklin (Primary Talent)

MOST STROKEABLE MANAGER
Wendy Dio

CARLSBERG BOTTLE AWARD
Louis Parker

STREET POSTER
Mojo Concerts / Dulce Pontes

ILMC 11 - 1999

FIRST VENUE TO COME INTO YOUR HEAD
Shepherds Bush Empire

PLUMBER OF THE YEAR
Henry McGrogan

MOST SUPPORTIVE RECORD COMPANY
Sony Music

MOST USER-FRIENDLY ARTIST
Robbie Williams

LIGGERS FAVOURITE FESTIVAL
V98

THE PROMOTERS’ PROMOTER
Bob Angus / Metropolis

SECOND LEAST OFFENSIVE AGENT
Emma Banks / Helter Skelter

MOST STROKEABLE MANAGER
Jonathan Kessler / Depeche Mode

CARLSBERG BOTTLE AWARD
Leif Skov / Roskilde Festival

STREET POSTER
Metropolis

ILMC 10 - 1998

FIRST VENUE TO COME INTO YOUR HEAD
The Royal Albert Hall, London

PLUMBER OF THE YEAR
Edwin Shirley

MOST SUPPORTIVE RECORD COMPANY
Polygram

MOST USER-FRIENDLY ARTIST
Simple Minds

LIGGERS FAVOURITE FESTIVAL
Gurten Festival (Switzerland)

THE PROMOTERS’ PROMOTER
Claudio Trotta (Barley Arts)

SECOND LEAST OFFENSIVE AGENT
Carl Leighton-Pope

MOST STROKEABLE MANAGER
Petri Lunden, The Cardigans

ILMC 9 - 1997

FIRST VENUE TO COME INTO YOUR HEAD
Brixton Acadmey, London

PLUMBER OF THE YEAR
Bryan Grant, Britannia Row

MOST SUPPORTIVE RECORD COMPANY
Sony

MOST USER-FRIENDLY ARTIST
Dodgy

LIGGERS FAVOURITE FESTIVAL
Reading Festival, UK

THE PROMOTERS’ PROMOTER
Robert DeLuca

SECOND LEAST OFFENSIVE AGENT
Ben Winchester, Primary Talent

MOST STROKEABLE MANAGER
Simon Fuller, The Spice Girls

ILMC 8 - 1996

FIRST VENUE TO COME INTO YOUR HEAD
Brixton Academy, London

PLUMBER OF THE YEAR
Britannia Row

MOST SUPPORTIVE RECORD COMPANY
Sony

MOST USER-FRIENDLY ARTIST
Pulp

LIGGERS FAVOURITE FESTIVAL
Glastonbury

THE PROMOTERS’ PROMOTER
Herman Schueremanns

SECOND LEAST OFFENSIVE AGENT
Barry Dickins, ITB

MOST STROKEABLE MANAGER
Jef Hanlon

ILMC 7 - 1995

THE PROMOTERS’ PROMOTER (& Worst Dressed)
Leon Ramakers

PLUMBER OF THE YEAR
Sophie Ridley

MOST SUPPORTIVE RECORD COMPANY
Sony (collected by Matthew Stzumpf)

MOST STROKEABLE MANAGER
Ed Bicknell

LIGGERS FAVOURITE FESTIVAL
Glastonbury (collected by Michael Eavis)

LEAST OFFENSIVE AGENT
Martin Hopewell