With over 30 years experience in the entertainment industry Graham Steel spent many years at Windsor Arts Centre as general manager and music programmer. During this time he worked on 1,000’s of events covering most art forms and developed a strong reputation within the venue for live music, creating one of the first (if not the first!) open mic nights, running an annual band competition that kicked of professional careers for many professional musicians, as well as a programme of events that featured virtually every genre of music. Graham organised an annual Guitar Festival that featured many of the top guitarists in the world, including the UK debut of Australian guitar legend Tommy Emmanual and for 6 years he organised the annual Tommy Fest. He also set up and ran the Windsor Jazz Festival, the Small World Music Festival and the Grassroots Music Festival.
He spent two years working at the West Wing Arts Centre in Slough programming events moving to Jagz in Ascot, where he spent 5 years building up its reputation as one of Berkshire's leading live music venues, putting on events most evenings. He also set up the Live Music at Jagz events during Royal Ascot week which attracted over 35,000 people.
Graham recently successfully event managed the Funk & Soul Spectacular at the Hammersmith Apollo which has been featured in national and local newspapers as an example on how to run large scale events, as well as Bracknell's Party at the Park which attracted around 7,000 people. In 2015 Graham set up his own music company which specialised in putting on events throughout the UK and arranging tours nationwide, as well putting together a music development programme at South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell which includes regular events in various venues within the venue. In 2016 Graham was instrumental in bringing back the Bracknell Festival after a 9 year absence which featured The Shire, Hoosiers, Space, Sally Barker, Owen Paul, R'n'Beatles plus many more. Furure events include Listen Up - Berkshire Music Fair at South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell.
He has a real passion for live music and event management and feels honoured to have had the opportunity to work with so many talented performers.
Graham, just a short note to say thank you so much for your assistance and support in the run up to, and during the day, at Hidden Agenda's Hammersmith Apollo show. Your contribution was invaluable particularly the calming influence you bought to the running of the day and general chivvying of folk to keep the show on track. The fact that we finished 5 minutes early really is a testament to your good work.
Hidden Agenda Enterprises Ltd