Geoff Ellis

CEO, DF Concerts

Plenary session: Panel Discussion - The Event Industry Advisory Group

Geoff started his career as a permanent Entertainments Manager at Middlesex Polytechnic in London – the highlight, booking The Stone Roses for one of their first concerts in the capital. He then moved to the world-famous Marquee Club before heading up to Glasgow in 1992 to join DF Concerts as promoter of the company’s legendary venue King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. As the company rose to become one of the UK’s leading music promoters and event management companies and T in the Park became one of the largest and most innovative festivals in the world with huge international recognition, Geoff’s progression in turn led to his appointment as Chief Executive in 2001. 

As CEO of DF Concerts and Events, Geoff and his team deliver approximately 1000 shows & festivals per year, bringing the very best live music and events to Scotland.  Geoff and his team have successfully promoted artists such as Beyoncé, Take That, One Direction, The Killers, Eminem, AC/DC, The Eagles, Rihanna, Radiohead, The Stone Roses, Coldplay and the best emerging talent around as well as event managing Glasgow on Ice, The Papal Visit to Bellahouston Park and various other events.   Glasgow Summer Sessions was created in 2013 and the festival has continued to grow year on year attracting world class acts to the city.  DF Concerts & Events also launched Edinburgh Summer Sessions in 2018 with a series of music concerts taking place at the iconic Princes Street Gardens and more recently, Royal Highland Showgrounds, attracting audiences of 27,000.  As well as Glasgow and Edinburgh Summer Sessions, the recently launched Stirling Summer Sessions will be taking place in 2024 at yet another striking location, Stirling City Park, situated at the foot of Stirling Castle. 

TRNSMT, Scotland’s largest music festival, has been held annually since 2017 at Glasgow Green in the heart of Glasgow’s City Centre.  The 3-day 50,000 capacity per day festival has featured headliners such as Radiohead, The Killers, Stormzy, Liam Gallagher, The Chemical Brothers and many more have all graced the stage since its inception with the festival championing new music via it’s River Stage and King Tut’s Stage. Gerry Cinnamon, Lewis Capaldi, Sam Fender, Sigrid, The Snuts and Fontaines D.C are a handful of acts who played the King Tut’s Stage in the early years of the festival and have since went on to play (and in some cases, headline) the main stage. 

Geoff is an executive committee member of the UK Concert Promoters Association, a member of the Glasgow Tourism Leadership Group and NightTime Economy Commission and member of the fundraising committee for Nordoff & Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland.  

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