For the past 25 years, Ionic Events has been proudly programming, producing and presenting live music for festivals, venues and events in the North East and throughout the United Kingdom.
Working alongside national concert promoters SJM Concerts, Crosstown Concerts and DHP Family we provide professional and dedicated promoter representation as well as leading tour management and premier production staff for artists and bands throughout the globe.
Our current portfolio of festival clients includes Mouth of the Tyne Festival, Lamplight Festival, Durham BRASS Led by the proud North East native and live music programmer and producer Sue Collier, Ionic Events has established an eclectic team to offer a full 360° service across all aspects of music development, festival programming, tour management and venue promotion.
Whether you're a local authority who needs a trusted pair of hands for your next event, an emerging artist who wants to take it to the next level, or a venue operator who wants to give its customers a premier live music experience, we have the contacts, the networks and the vision to help you on your journey.
Our passion for live music and bringing good people together is what makes us happy!
MEET THE TEAM
Sue Collier | Founder & Director
Sue began working in live music over 25 years ago, as promoter and programmer for festivals including Mouth of the Tyne, Durham BRASS, Lamplight & Evolution Festival and Iive music venues such as Northumbria Uni, Tyne Theatre & Opera House, York Barbican, Playhouse Whitley Bay and the legendary Newcastle Mayfair. Alongside being a live music promoter Sue has toured worldwide as tour manager for artists including The Specials, Fat Freddy's Drop, Siouxsie Sioux, Brett Anderson, Super Furry Animals and The Ordinary Boys. She also works as a tour concert rep for major UK Concert promoters SJM Concerts, DHP Family & Crosstown Concerts. Sue continues working at supporting and developing young and emerging artists through artist mentorship and business development in partnership with local and national music projects
John Ashton | Producer
John has been involved in live music as an artist, tour manager, sound engineer and music producer since the mid 90s. As a touring musician John played keyboards and guitars for Arctic Monkeys & Last Shadow Puppets and under his own guise as Little Gem. He has toured as FOH sound engineer with artists such as Arctic Monkeys, Gomez, Prodigy, Tame Impala, Band of Skulls, 65 Days of Static, Peace and We Are Scientists. John continues to work developing and supporting young and emerging artists through mentorship and working as music producer and musician with artists through his own recording studio based in the North East
Lorna Fulton | Creative Director
With more than 20 years’ experience in curating, developing, leading and delivering high profile cultural programmes and festivals, Creative Director Lorna brings a wealth of knowledge and huge passion for festivals and events. Lorna has an impressive career history having produced several high-profile regional events including the opening ceremony for the Great Exhibition of the North and Saltwell Park’s annual Enchanted Parks event. Lorna was also part of the team responsible for bringing the Lindisfarne Gospels back to the North East for their 2013 Durham exhibition.
Mick Bowles | Production Director
Mick has been involved in large scale outdoor events production since the 1990's, starting at the Mean Fiddler working on Reading Festival , Phoenix, Fleadh Festival & Tribal Gathering, and then as as freelance touring and project production manager working predominantly in rock and roll and dance music. Mick's experience is across the entire project life-cycle; site feasibility, budgeting, infrastructure and service specification and procurement, event licensing, site build/de-rig, and event operations and safety management. Festival projects include; Glastonbury festival, Reading Festival, Evolution, Lovebox, We Are FSTVL, Bloodstock, and SW4. Mick's qualifications include, H&S, Event Safety Management and Crowd Safety Management.
Caron Malcom | Head of Touring
Caron is a tour manager and photographer that has been going on tour since the mid 80’s. Her previous experience includes being a music business P.R., running a label, music magazine photographer, Duty Manager for a Theatre and various positions in festival management. She has worked as TM for Laura Mvula, The Libertines , Bebel Gilberto, The Charlatans, Joss Stone, The Verve, Siouxsie Sioux. among many others. Caron tour managed Spiritualized for their 'Highest Gig in the World' series on the top of the CN Tower and World Trade Centre. Alongside touring Caron is studying for a diploma in Art and Design and working on a book of photo’s from the 80’s Mod scene.
Jennie Brewis | Project Producer
Jennie is a musician, songwriter and cultural producer. She is a co-founding member of The Cornshed Sisters, whose two albums (released on Memphis Industries) fuse together pop, folk, protest, ballad and gospel into their own unique style. As well as gaining widespread radio-play for their singles (including Elton John’s Rocket Hour). Jennie has lectured in popular music at Newcastle College and works with us as Project Producer on our artist development and music business programme. Jennie also produces and delivers projects for New Writing North, Generator and The Social Lectures as a well as leading choirs for Pop Choir Project, Useful Vision and Cultural Spring.