European live music powerhouse FKP Scorpio expand operations in the UK with Daniel Ealam and Scott O'Neill

Leading tour and festival organiser FKP Scorpio is expanding its European network, with new directors Daniel Ealam and Scott O'Neill teaming up with Folkert Koopmans to actively promote and build the UK arm of the business.

FKP Scorpio is one of the world’s top 10 leading concert promoters with offices in Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Netherlands, Austria, Finland and Belgium. The company is also one of the biggest festival promoters in Europe, owns and operates the 5th and 6th highest grossing festivals in the World according to Pollstar; Hurricane and Southside. Alongside Folkert, Daniel and Scott on the FKP Scorpio UK board, will be Barry Campbell and James Cassidy, who have orchestrated the very successful live touring of the BBC Earth nature documentaries, Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II Live-In-Concert, in arenas throughout the UK and Europe. The new FKP UK team are open for business from this week and have big plans to successfully grow FKP Scorpio UK, as the group, which is part of the pan-European promoter network EVENTIM LIVE, has done in many European countries since 1990.

Ealam and O'Neill have held senior positions with DHP Family for a number of years, a leading name in the UK entertainment industry. Ealam's career there began in 2001. After rising through the management ranks of DHP’s venue portfolio he started promoting shows in 2005. As well as spearheading the award winning three city metropolitan festival Dot To Dot, and heading up the company’s artist management division, Daniel became Director Of Live at the company in 2016.

Scott O’Neill started independently promoting shows in Manchester while at University in 2006. Soon he was promoting tours nationally and programming Manchester Cathedral’s live music output. He caught the eye of DHP Family, who he joined in 2010. Scott launched the London metropolitan festival MIRRORS in 2015 and was responsible for many of the company’s outdoor live concerts, becoming a Director of DHP Live in 2019.

Both have promoted thousands of shows up and down the UK from 80 to 80 000 capacity and sold millions of tickets in the process. Highlights for the pair include 18 stadiums since 2015 and outdoor events at Cardiff Castle, Leeds Roundhay Park, Ipswich Chantry Park and Bristol Filton Airfield. They have promoted concerts with acts such as Ed Sheeran, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Massive Attack, The xx, The Lumineers, The War On Drugs, Anne-Marie, Burna Boy, Adele, Easy Life, Mumford and Sons, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Ellie Goulding plus the triumphant 50th anniversary tour of Brian Wilson’s Pet Sounds album.

Folkert Koopmans, CEO of FKP Scorpio, comments: "We are very much looking forward to working with Daniel and Scott, who have built up an excellent reputation and have excellent contacts. We are convinced that with their support we will be able to significantly expand FKP Scorpio's activities in the UK".

Ealam and O'Neill released this statement: "We are so excited to build FKP Scorpio in the UK. We have long admired the company’s ethos and ethics and we truly believe that it is a force for good within the industry and expanding at a time when we need strong promoters with good values working across Europe. Folkert shares our vision for the business and we have big plans to make this a huge success and support our artists, agents and managers and give fans the ultimate live experiences."
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